While most commercials tout this or that “antiaging” product as the best, it’s hard to tell what truly works and what doesn’t. In addition to cosmetic concerns like battling wrinkles and sagging skin, it’s important to remember that aging skin is more sensitive and is thinner than younger skin, and therefore can become irritated much more easily.

The best doctor recommended skincare products for aging skin are those that address not just cosmetic concerns in regard to skin’s appearance, but also protect and keep your skin healthy over the long term.

The following products are recommended for aging skin — and what you’ll notice is that there isn’t a brand name specifically touted for any of them. Instead, doctors recommend that you experiment with products that provide the benefits listed, and work to address your own skin’s sensitivity, possible allergic reactions to certain brands, etc., to come up with the specific products that work best for you.

An Exfoliant
While younger skin has quick turnover and exfoliates on its own quite easily (or with the help of a loofah scrub in the shower, for example), older skin both loses some of its ability to naturally exfoliate and becomes more sensitive. Therefore, harsh methods of exfoliation like rough scrubs simply won’t work for older skin. Gentle chemical exfoliants like those that contain alpha or beta hydroxy acids gently slough off the topmost skin cells, revealing fresh new skin underneath.

A Good, Gentle Cleanser
You can opt to buy a gentle cleanser with an exfoliant already in it, or you can exfoliate either before or after you cleanse your skin, whichever works best for you. For some, exfoliating before cleansing allows cleansing ingredients to more deeply penetrate pores, while others find this process drying and will opt to use an exfoliating lotion after cleansing instead.

Only not just any old moisturizer. Aging skin requires moisturizer with staying power, for hours of soft, supple skin. Applying moisturizer to a freshly damp face after washing, for example, will seal in that moisture and keep skin looking fresh and dewy much longer. Many newer and very effective products have silicone included in them to help products go on smoothly and seal in moisture; silicone also helps “plump out” small wrinkles and fine lines temporarily for a fresher, smoother appearance. Look for cyclopentasiloxaneon and/or dimethicone on the label.

In addition to silicone, the moisturizer you choose should also contain antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals that damage skin. Some examples of effective antioxidants include green or white tea, vitamins E and C, or something called idebenone, which is a man-made antioxidant.

A Retinoid Product
In your 40s, you should begin using a retinoid product; previously only available by prescription, these products are now available in gentler, weaker, over-the-counter versions. Retinoids naturally increase cell turnover, reduce fine lines, and give you a fresh, dewy glow. Age spots are also gradually faded over time.

Sunscreen is important no matter what your age, but it’s even more important as we get older. Opt for an SPF of at least 15 for days when time spent in the sun is going to be minimal, but 30 or even greater when you’re going to spend significant time outdoors.

A Bedtime Treatment
While younger folks can get away with putting on a dash of moisturizer in the morning, those middle-aged and older will generally do best if they opt for a nighttime skin treatment. Vitamin C serums and retinoids are just two examples of products that can be used for bedtime treatment. They work best at night because they work in tandem with skin that repairs itself while you sleep. There’s also no constant onslaught of free radicals at night as there is when you’re awake.

In addition to the aforementioned list of “must have” products, one is optional but may work for you as either an occasional addition to your regimen, or one that you include regularly to look your best: fake tan products.

As we age, skin loses that youthful glow; properly applied “just barely there” fake tan products can give you a soft, natural glow without any work. These are not the spray tan or streaky staining products most think about when they think about fake tan products. Instead, moisturizers with small amounts of fake tan-inducing ingredients included right with the lotion let you put on your lotion before you go out for the day – and boost your natural glow, too. It’s important while you are learning about these products, that your medical professional, in Cherokee uniforms, has all the knowledge possible for your personal skin care.