Beauty products to help you beat the clock

Anti-aging products can help slow some of the damaging effects of time on your skin and, in some cases, even reverse them. If you have darker skin, talk to your doctor about which treatment options or variations are most appropriate for your skin type and which conditions are most likely to affect it. For darker skin types, these conditions may include acne, light or dark spots, or razor bumps.

Here are the top 10 ways to look timeless, according to our experts.

1. SPF with zinc

“Using an SPF daily, even if you’re not outdoors, is the best way to slow skin aging,” says Leslie Baumann, MD, author of Cosmeceuticals and cosmetic ingredients.

While dermatologists are happy if you put on sunscreen, they prefer zinc as the best sunscreen. “Zinc is non-irritating to sensitive skin and provides broad-spectrum UVA protection,” says Jessica Wu, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California.

Ultraviolet A or UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and cause DNA damage which leads to sagging skin and wrinkleswithout speaking about cancer. One of Baumann’s favorite sunscreens is EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 because the fine zinc particles won’t streak or run into your eyes.

Dark skin doesn’t mean you can skip sunscreen. Experts suggest an SPF of at least 15, regardless of your skin tone. The sun doesn’t burn darker skin as easily, but it can still burn it and cause damage like dark spots, wrinkles, and cancer.

2. Retinoids

They’re “the most studied and proven anti-aging ingredient,” Wu said. Research shows they boost your collagen, a protein that helps keep skin firm. They also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and prevent new ones from appearing.

“Everyone should use a retinoid“, says Baumann.

Prescription retinoids like tretinoin and adapalene are the top picks of both experts. But you can also try over-the-counter options like RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Fighting Night Cream, says Wu.

In people with darker skin, retinoids work especially well in combination with benzoyl peroxide to treat acne.

3. Vitamin C Serum

“You should use vitamin C below Solar cream to protect you from the sun sliding through your sunscreen,” says Baumann.

But be sure to find an effective formula. “Look for 15% vitamin C and make sure it’s packaged in an airtight pump,” says Wu. She and Baumann like SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic.

4. Omega fatty acids

Omegas, especially omega-9s, help improve the skin’s ability to stay hydrated and defend against outside irritants.

“I love argan oil as a moisturizer,” says Baumann. “It does not cause acne and is an excellent antioxidant.” Find it in Shea Terra Organics Argan & Rose Complex, she says.

5. Eyelash treatments

“Eyelashes and eyebrows get thinner and paler as you get older, which makes your eyes look small and tired,” says Wu.

One of the best ways to fatten up thin lashes is with the prescription drug Latisse, Wu says. And you can fight breakage with coconut oil from the grocery store, she says. Simply apply a thin layer to your lashes at night.

6. Niacinamide

Dermatologists praise the benefits of this form of vitamin B3. “It increases skin hydration, prevents water loss, strengthens the skin barrier and has skin lightening properties,” Wu said.

Niacinamide can help fade uneven pigment, like sun spots or acne scars. Wu loves the Olay Regenerist Instant Fix Wrinkle Revolution Complex.

7. Antioxidant supplements

Not all skin treatments work on the surface. Dermatologists also suggest adding antioxidants to your diet.

“I’m a big proponent of antioxidants to prevent aging,” says Baumann. “When you see the studies that show improvement in skin appearance, it’s very intriguing.”

She is impressed with GliSODin Advanced Anti-Aging Dermal Formula and Heliocare.

8. Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

To combat folds and jowls in the skin, Baumann injects Juvéderm Voluma, a form of hyaluronic acid.

“It lasts 2 years and is reversible – I love it,” she says.

Although the products you put on your skin can’t mimic the results of an injection treatment, Baumann says saccharide-containing anti-aging products can temporarily help plump and firm the skin. She recommends Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream.

9. Alpha Hydroxy Acids

These gentle acids exfoliate dull, flaky skin to reveal smoother skin. Dermatologists love AHAs because they also improve uneven skin pigmentation and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Additionally, AHAs can help create fullness. Baumann is a fan of the Aqua Glycolic face cream.

10. Botulinum toxin injections

This treatment “relaxes the muscles that cause crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles,” says Baumann. “Preventing movement can prevent future lines.”

The treatments work safely on all types of skin tones, from light to dark.

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