The Best Anti-Aging Skincare Routine

April 15, 2021
Anti-aging Mask
written by Helen Hunt

Investing in the skin you crave is one of the most effective ways to look good at any age. Combining the power of medical-grade anti-ageing skincare with the right treatments for your skin will nourish, protect against environmental damage and fight the signs of ageing. The best anti-ageing skincare routine for you should be simple and effective, leaving you with firm, replenished and glowing skin.

When it comes to anti-ageing skincare, you should follow two different routines for daytime and nighttime. Focus on protecting your skin from free radicals, sun damage, and pollution during the day. At night, when your skin naturally regenerates, active products will promote cell turnover. The result is smooth and youthful-looking skin when you wake up.

What are the ingredients of an anti-ageing skincare routine?


The most common signs of ageing are caused by sun damage, making a broad-spectrum sunscreen the foundation of any anti-ageing routine.

For plump and youthful-looking skin, it’s essential to lock in moisture. Ceramides are lipids that are highly effective in sealing in moisture and protecting the skin barrier against irritation. If you’re prone to conditions like eczema, products containing ceramides are an excellent choice.


Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic and lactic acid can penetrate deep into the skin, boost elastin and collagen levels, and increase the skin’s natural moisture factors.

Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid and comes from the willow tree. It’s long been recognised as an effective toner and exfoliator and can help to reduce acne.

Acids can be central to your anti-ageing skincare routine, although you should use them with care. Chemical peels can treat tired and dull skin, smooth hyperpigmentation and help acne, leaving your skin with a youthful glow.


Retinol, otherwise known as vitamin A is one of the most effective anti-ageing ingredients available, increasing cell turnover and reducing the appearance of blemishes and fine lines. It’s not suitable for everyone as it can cause redness and flaking. But it’s as essential to your nighttime regime as an SPF is during the day.

Niacinamide, a form of B3, is a good choice if your skin gets irritated or you’re dealing with rosacea. And vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant, neutralising free radical damage and brightening the skin. Oils like jojoba that contain vitamin E have an antioxidant and protective effect on your skin.


If your skin is sensitive to retinol, vegan plant extract bakuchiol is a good alternative. The photostable formulation means you can use it both day and night.

Layering your anti-ageing skincare

Morning and night, your routine should start with a thorough cleanse and tone.

In the morning, you’ll need to layer on a vitamin C serum to protect against free radicals and sun damage. Now add a drop of botanic facial oil to build elasticity and firmness if your skin is very dehydrated. Then layer on your daytime anti-ageing cream followed by an SPF.

Once you’ve cleansed and toned at bedtime, use a retinol-based product to promote cellular regeneration. An AHA based serum with glycolic or lactic acid will brighten and hydrate.

Next layer in a night cream rich with peptides and ceramides, then pat on an antioxidant night cream. Once a week, add in a sheet mask directly after toning to support collagen production in the skin.

Treat your skin with anti-ageing treatments

Your daily skincare routine is the building block for beautiful, youthful-looking skin. Once you’ve established what works for you, you can add an injectable facial treatment like Profhilo or Sunekos to rebuild your skin from the inside out and give it a flawless boost.

If you want to discuss the best anti-ageing skincare routine for your age and skin type, book in for your free consultation at our Honiton or Exeter clinic. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be happy to recommend the right anti-ageing treatments for the skin you desire.

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