How to Apply Retinol, Night Cream, and More for Aging Skin



Ageing. This is a question every skin tone faces at some point in their skincare routine. Not just because we're all aging, but because we're all exposed to various forms of damage (sun, pollution, screen time, and more) that can cause wrinkles, tingling, crow's feet, and sagging skin too early. 

Whether you want to focus on existing signs of aging or prevent premature ones, you deserve products that firm, soften and protect skin from head to toe. But what comes first: retinol or eye cream? 

How often should you exfoliate to reduce age spots? All of these questions and more can be answered in this comprehensive morning-to-night skincare routine for aging (and prematurely aging) skin. 

Morning skin care routine. 

Step 1: Fortifying Barrier Cleanser (Daily). Any skincare routine should start with a deep cleanse. 

However, when you're concerned about aging skin, you need a soap-free, pH-balanced face wash designed to strengthen the moisture barrier, leaving skin soft, firm, and youthful-looking. Infused with Pro-Vitamin B5, our Antioxidant Cleanser effectively removes makeup residue, dirt and other pollutants. 

Step 2: Collagen Mask (2 times a week). Collagen is the most abundant protein in our skin and is responsible for its plumpness and elasticity. However, over time, our collagen levels drop, which can lead to sagging skin and a tired complexion. 

Use a collagen-rich moisturizing plumping mask several times a week. (NOTE: While collagen is often of animal origin, our collagen is of plant origin). The formula also contains Rosehip Seed Oil to help smooth fine lines. 

Step 3: Peptide Eye Cream (Optional). If bags and tired eyes sound familiar, dab a pea-sized amount of eye cream while the serum absorbs. 

Look for solutions that contain peptides like Zero Gravity to help moisturize and strengthen the eye area. You'll also notice instantly brighter skin thanks to ethically sourced Mica. 


Step 4: Vitamin E Moisturizer (Daily). Did you know? As we age, skin loses moisture, so keeping it hydrated is more important than ever. For extra benefits for aging skin, follow with a vitamin E-rich moisturizer. 

As an antioxidant, it helps neutralize harmful free radicals while nourishing the skin. Step 5: Broad Spectrum Sunscreen (Daily). Every skin type needs sun protection, but if you have fine lines and age spots, you should never skip this step. 

Fact: 90% of skin aging is not actually due to aging, but to external damage — like the sun. Make sure to use an FDA-recommended SPF of at least 35 sunscreen. You get bonus points, though, if you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen like Guards Up, which also protects against blue light and pollution. 

Afternoon Skincare Routine. 

Step 1: Fortifying Barrier Cleanser (Nightly). Skin is cleansed again and ready for the afternoon care routine. You might also consider double cleansing first with an oil-based cleansing gel, such as a cleansing balm, to thoroughly remove makeup and sunscreen residue. 

Step 2: Skin smoothing tool (once a week). The rate of skin cell renewal slows with age, which means it takes longer for dead skin cells to rise to the surface and fall off. Not only does this lead to a dull complexion, but it can also lead to residual age spots. 

Exfoliate your skin once a week with an at-home exfoliation tool to give your skin a radiant glow. It also removes layers of dead skin cells and facial hair for an instantly smoother complexion. 

Step 3: Retinol Serum (4 times a week). That slow cell turnover we just mentioned? Retinol helps speed things up. Apply 2-3 pumps of our gentle retinol serum at night when not exfoliating to refine, firm and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Also, don't forget about your neck and chest. 

Step 4: Retinoid eye ointment (nightly). Retinol also deserves a place in your eye care routine, as it helps firm the eye area and soften crow's feet. 

Since skin loses moisture while you sleep, look for an eye cream or ointment that contains both retinol and moisturizing ingredients, like the black currant seed oil in our Advanced Retinoid Eye Ointment. 

Step 5: Leave-in exfoliation* (twice a week). Most skin types benefit from exfoliating up to three times a week to combat age spots and uneven texture. 

Chemically exfoliate with an overnight facial that's blended with gentle AHAs like lactic acid and vitamin E to repair and rejuvenate skin without irritation. 

Step 6: Advanced Night Cream (Nightly). All skincare routines need moisturizer, but if aging skin is your concern, it's time to add a night cream to your evening care regimen. Night creams tend to be thicker to counteract moisture loss while providing skin with repairing ingredients. 

Our Advanced Night Cream features a blend of Fermented Purple Tea and Green Coffee to not only hydrate but also reduce rough texture and soften the look of wrinkles. 

Step 7: Antioxidant Essential Oil (Optional). The key to preventing premature damage is consuming plenty of antioxidants in your daily life, which work to neutralize harmful free radicals that cause premature aging. 

After (or before, if you prefer) your night cream, dab a few drops of the Antioxidant Oil Serum into skin for extra hydration and protection.

Step 8: Retinol Body Lotion (Night)
We also show signs of aging in our arms, legs and buttocks. Complement your routine with a retinol body lotion that repairs sagging, wrinkled skin, softens skin texture and evens skin tone.
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