What does Organic Anti-Aging Facial Toner do for you?
- CLEANS, CLEARS & PREPS SKIN – Each soothing mist of our toner delivers our advanced ingredients, including MSM, to penetrate pores and increase their elasticity. With even just a single spray, your face will become more receptive to serums, oils, and moisturizers and ensure these are absorbed more easily
- COMBAT OILY SKIN – Our Anti-Aging Facial Toner formula is full of components with varying purposes, but they all work together to combat and remove excess oil. With the addition of Vitamin C cucumber extract and Glycolic Acid, the toner is sure to restore your natural pH levels while still being gentle on all skin types—even if your face is dry or sensitive
- ANTI-AGING ANTIOXIDANTS – When it comes to developing healthy and youthful skin in both men and women, Vitamin C is a vital nutrient that encourages the production of collagen. This is what gives your skin a tighter and younger look you are sure to notice a difference in your before and after.
When and how to start anti-aging
What your skincare routine should look like for every age group
Our skin is an ever-changing living working system it knows how to regulate rejuvenate repair and also it regenerates new skin cells every single day. It knows how to push away dead skin cells every single day. However, this process dysfunction will slow down with biological aging and also your lifestyle, your diet, whatever you’re doing with your skin care. So that’s when your skin care products come in to support this process to kind of push your skin cells to do its job.
When it comes to anti-aging skin care routine there are three main strategies that you can consider:
- Maintenance and
In your teenage years all the way up to early 20s, your skin is already very awesomely independent, so you might not need a lot of support from skin care products but I think it’s also a really prime time for you to form really good skin care habits. Look for simple formulas that are gentle mild enough that you can use every single day.
Stick to the very core series which is going to be cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreens. I will be going through each steps so that you know what to look for.
The fundamental rule when it comes to cleansing is to be as gentle as possible. In our teenage years, I think the number one skincare mistake that we always made on a daily basis was really going at it attacking abusing and aggressively cleansing with a really stripping alkaline foamy cleanser which ends up damaging our skin barrier.
I have the driest skin ever and I thought that was the way to go to keep my skin clear, but now we know that is not true we want to protect our skin barrier as much as possible to prevent the signs of aging, and cleanser is inevitably the most skin barrier damaging product.
We want to choose a cleanser that is really really gentle on our skin, that in fact leaves your skin really plump supple and hydrated after wash and ideally that is close to your skin’s natural pH. It doesn’t need to be fancy, it doesn’t need to be expensive, most importantly, it shouldn’t be chemically infused, something like organic shoppe facial cleanser will do just fine.
Step number two is to properly moisturize; I know it’s very easy to neglect this moisturizing stuff especially in your teenagers because your skin reproduction is going out of the roof at the moment, our skin feels the most comfortable in repairing rejuvenating and regulating on its own in a really well hydrated environment so your moisturizer doesn’t need to be really thick or buttery or waxy at all.
We have a really wide range of lightweight organic moisturizers that you will feel the most comfortable wearing. Check out our carrier oils and butters category
Step number three start protecting and stop baking. Apply really good broad-spectrum daily sunscreen that you feel the most comfortable in applying every single day.
Please repeat after me
I will apply my sunscreen every single day
and write this down somewhere in your bathroom if you do need that physical daily reminder.
Without a doubt a lot of skincare experts including dermatologist, biologist, estheticians and even your mom would agree with me the most cost effective and the best anti-aging skin care product is going to be sunscreen. That’s simply because UV damage is going to be the number one cause when it comes to skin aging but it damages our skin in multiple different forms – let’s learn about the two main UV radiations that affect our skin.
There is UVA and UVB.
UVB is the one that intensely burns our skin especially during hot weather on really sunny days. It has a shorter wavelength so it reaches our epidermis which is the top layer of the skin however because of the power it’s very very intense.
Then there is UVA which is more associated with skin aging, this has a longer wavelengths and it’s present all year round: in winter, even on cloudy & rainy days and it is able to penetrate the glass or the window so it’s actually present indoors.
UVA also penetrates deeper into our skin reaching the lower level or the mid level of skin called dermis and dermis is where it decides our skin bounciness, basically because it has collagen protein and elastin fibres and all of that.
When you’re looking for a sunscreen, make sure it is broad spectrum or it has a really good UVA protection as well and we want to apply at least SPF of 30 on a daily basis. The best sunscreen ever is something that will encourage you to apply it every single day and everyone has different preference when it comes to sunscreen texture but feel free to check out our carrier oils as well, as they can serve as a good sunscreen product
Now we’re moving on to our late 20s and early 30s, this is the time where you will start feeling some physical biological changes and this is when I start noticing my metabolism slowing down significantly even though I was eating the same amount of food I was just becoming rounder and rounder so that’s when I started working out and going to the gym and trying to maintain this bodily function to not like drop so we are entering maintenance mode we’re trying to balance out what is slowly missing which was once present in our skin but again it doesn’t need to be too extreme or too crazy or too harsh or intense.
In this stage, we might need a little bit more hydration so look for a really good humectant ingredient.
Humectants are basically like water magnets they just draw moisture, they draw hydration from the air, from your skincare products and from your skin to make sure the top layer of their skin is really supple and nicely hydrated. Humectants include glycerin hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate and a lot of really great natural moisturizing factors that your skin already produce, those are really good ingredients to look for in skin care products.
You are really diligent in hydrating, well nourishing and well protecting your skin. You might not need to introduce retinol or other active ingredients at this stage.
Next we have anti-oxidants: one of my favorite ingredient groups to not only include in my skincare routine but also consume and deposit in my body a lot especially if you are someone who lived in such a developed metropolitan city that has little to no green space such as Lagos or Accra where you are exposing your skin to a lot of great external stressors that can stress out your skin, cause free radicals including toxins radiation and stress.
You know what department slows down as we age? – Exfoliation department.
Our skin naturally regenerates new healthy skin cells every single day pushing away that that skin cells so that our skin maintains that really plump and useful look. However, this process gets to kind of slow down year by year, that’s why we feel like our skin appears more dull in complexion and our skincare products aren’t absorbing really well, your makeup doesn’t really sit well so I think this is a really good time to start your exfoliation game by incorporating some alpha hydroxy acid.
Alpha hydroxy acids are basically exfoliants that unglues the dead skin cell bonds that kind of makes your skin easier to push away the dead skin cell so when it’s renewing on its own.
NB: Exfoliation does get addictive and you should only include acids only when you really need it
Next step is to protect your skin barrier more than ever.
Our skin is more than half of fat and that is a good thing. Our natural fats on our skin which is actually a part of our moisture barrier or our skin barrier that includes ceramide, cholesterol and fatty acids; those are the components that will protect our skin from losing hydration
A dermatologists called Dr. Messner says that
“By the time we are in our 30s the ceramides counts decreases by 40% and by the time we are in our 40s, 60% of the skin’s natural ceramide is already decreased”
so that is a pretty sad news but the good news is that there are a lot of great topical products or topical skin care products we can reach forward to replenish and balance out what we have lost but first of all how do you protect your skin barrier?
Look for something that has cholesterol, fatty acids, and ceramide or you can simply reach for rows of seed oils or any kind of oils that are more rich in linoleic acid than oleic acid.
Again, you want to check out our carrier oils category
Finally we are entering the reversal strategy this will be applied to someone who’s in their late 30s or 40s and above someone who already does have mature skin with visible signs of aging such as sagginess fine lines or deep lines.
In this stage of life, it is very natural for our skin cells to slow down and shut down its factory so we might need to hire some personal trainers aka some active ingredients to remind our skin cells of what they are capable of doing and we can teach our skin cells to do certain things again.
First and foremost, all these strategies, that diet, lifestyle, preventive method of skin care and maintenance method of skin care, those are always going to be your foundation. However this is a really great time for you to actively look for some active ingredients.
Vitamin A and vitamin C are probably going to be your best friends from now on.
Vitamin A is probably going to be the most well researched and the most clinically proven ingredient when it comes to reversing the signs of aging.
This is when you really need to get our anti-aging facial toner.
Also, this is when you can start looking for a high concentration of vitamin C oils and formulas (orange, lemon, lime, etc.). I think that vitamin C in a high percentage such as 30% it really does affect your overall complexion and it provides great antioxidant fit as a baseline as well.
Another great anti-aging skincare tip that you might want to incorporate in this reversal strategy is to apply more facial oils that are rich in oleic acid than linoleic acid.
These are the oils that typically feels a little bit greasy or a little bit thicker and just a bit heavier but these are going to be great at really making sure your outermost layer of the skin as well plump and hydrate it and in order for us to really keep your skin bouncy and healthy is to bring back the fats into your skin and there’s nothing like our organic anti-aging facial oil and there are really great oils in this category including marula oil, argan oil, olive oil, avocado oil, tamanu oil, sea buckthorn oil, and of course, our anti-aging facial oil, which is a perfect blend of all of them in the right amount.
And while you do apply these oils I would highly recommend you to do some facial massage either that’s just lymphatic drainage massage to keep that waste and toxins away from your skin but also just any kind of physical manual action that can lift up your skin.
I typically do kind of like a gentle facial massage whenever I do use cleansing oil.
So this is our comprehensive guide on when and how to start anti-aging this may not the only way to approach anti-aging of course, if you have any wisdom to share in this anti-aging subject definitely do so by commenting below so that everyone can benefit from your wisdom.