Like any other beauty addict, I take an interest in skincare that borders on fanatical. Sunscreen when it’s cloudy? Yes. Weekly mask sessions? I’m not even going to answer that one. And while it might take me years to put a dent in my lipstick, I’m a pro at finishing tubs of moisturizer and bottles of serum, all in the quest for the glowiest, dewiest skin possible.
That said, even I know I’m not yet at the stage where it’s time to start thinking about anti-aging skincare…you know, aside from taking cod liver oil and obsessing over eye creams and serums because guys that’s just common sense (do you want to punch me yet?). What I do believe is that it never hurts to know these tips, since in many ways a proper anti-aging regimen is just an extension of a good skincare routine.
With that in mind, I recently enlisted the services of Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD on the dos and don’ts of anti-aging skincare. While his advice can easily be tailored to fit your existing routine, it also works particularly well with his eponymous line—a collection that focuses on high impact, potent treatments (case in point: Liquid Face Lift) paired with gentle ingredients. I mean, his face scrub uses superfine ruby crystals as buffing grains. ‘Nuff said, right?
Read on for Dr. Goldfaden’s tips on sunscreen (in case you’re not already sick of me harping on and on about spf), antioxidants, and the right time to start your anti-aging routine:
Makeup Morsels: What are your top tips for keeping skin young?
Dr. Goldfaden: Exfoliation is key. You’d be surprised at how much one exfoliating treatment can do for your skin. Regular exfoliation also allows topical products, particularly super potent treatment serums, to penetrate deeper. You should also never leave home without applying a sunscreen—it’s essential to keep ourselves protected from free radical damage and skin cancer.
Makeup Morsels: When should we begin focusing on an anti-aging skincare routine?
Dr. Goldfaden: The skin is at its healthiest state during your 20s, which is when most of your habits stick when it comes to proper skincare. Protecting your skin from UVA and UVB damage through the daily use of a sunscreen and starting a preventative skincare regimen (exfoliation, cleanse, anti-oxidant rich serum, moisturize and eye cream) in your mid-20s is a vital step towards keeping fine lines, pigmentation and sagging at bay. By the time 30 rolls around, you will be thankful that you started proper skin early.
Makeup Morsels: What are some effective ingredients to look for?
Dr. Goldfaden: Some of the ingredients that I often incorporate in our formulas include skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, anti-inflammatory vitamin K and Arnica, brightening alpha arbutin and gooseberry berry extract, exfoliating ruby crystals, collagen-boosting retinoids, and antioxidant-rich tea extracts.
Makeup Morsels: How can supplements and our daily diet impact skin health?
Dr. Goldfaden: Clear and glowing skin starts from the inside. Eating foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (the most beneficial is salmon) can greatly reduce inflammation, reduce dryness and increase circulation. Daily consumption of vitamins (specifically my favorite vitamin, vitamin D) also greatly impacts overall health.
Makeup Morsels: Can you share some of your favorite anti-aging products?
Dr. Goldfaden: Serums—either oil or water based—penetrate deep into the dermis levels of the skin for the ultimate topical nourishing skin treatments. Serums offer a potent jolt to the skin that target specific problems, offering the highest levels of treatment in a topical product.