By starting out with healthy habits in your 20s and adding specific products that target your skin's evolving needs as you get older, you can keep your skin protected, nourished and hydrated, no matter your age.
Always talk with your Rite Aid Pharmacist or dermatologist if new skin care products irritate your skin or if you have questions about which products may best fit your skin's unique needs.
Cleanse, morning and night. Skip the soap and choose a mild cleanser that matches your skin type to keep your skin clean and fresh without stripping away its natural oils. For example, if you have sensitive skin, opt for a fragrance-free cleanser that contains claming ingredients such as aloe and chamomile. Hot water can dry your skin out, so wash with warm water and gently pat your face dry with a towel.
Treat your body like you've got long-term plans for it. Get plenty of sleep, eat your fruits and veggies, and don't smoke. If you're ready to learn more about how to quit smoking, talk to your Rite Aid Pharmacist about Rite Aid's personalized Quit For You program.
Add retinoid products. Dermatologists say it's never too early to start using products containing this powerful anti-aging form of vitamin A. Retinoid products can help stimulate new skin cell growth and, with regular use, they can improve the texture and appearance of your skin. Some retinoids are only available with a prescription, but a less-potent version, called retinol, is in firming creams and brightening makeup. Retinoids can occasionally cause skin irritation, such as dryness and redness. If retinoids are irritating your skin, try applying a moisturizer before you apply the retinoid.
Choose an antioxidant moisturizer. Your skin's natural oil production often starts slowing at this age, so moisturizing should take center stage as you move into your 40s. Using moisturizers that contain antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, may also help fight toxings that can damage your skin.
Add a daily exfoliant. Products that contain natural exfoliants, such as alpha hydroxy acids, can help you get rid of dead skin cells, which can help prevent wrinkles by stimulating collagen production.
Keep it up! Continue using moisturizers, sunscreen, and products containing retinoids and antioxidants daily.
With so many sunscreens available, it's hard to know which one to choose. Check out this list of helpful tips for finding the best skin protection products for you and your family.
To be sure you are choosing safe and effective sun protection products, look for The Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation.
"Daily Use" products are designed to protect you from incidental sun exposure over short periods of time, which can happen during activities such as shopping and short drives. Examples are daily moisturizers, cosmetics, foundations, eye creams, and lip products—all of which must have an SPF of 15 or higher
"Active" products require an SPF of at least 30 and must be water-resistant. They are intended to protect you from extended sun exposure during recreational activities, such as outdoor sports, picnics, and pool parties. Examples include higher SPF products, sport sunscreens, and baby products
The best prevention is early detection. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions from The Skin Cancer Foundation
for a thorough self-exam.
You'll need: bright light, a full-length and hand mirror, two chairs or stools, a blow dryer, body map, and pencil.
But first, you may have to map the changes, and we've made it easy with The Skin Cancer Foundation printable Body Mapping Chart.
Look for Be Rite labels throughout the store to help you find the food and beverage products that better fit your wellness needs.