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Our complexions go through a series of changes throughout our lives, from the blemish-ridden teen years to the emergence of fine lines and later wrinkles. There’s nothing inherently wrong with mature skin, but many of us are interested in keeping youthful skin and minimising visible signs of ageing.

Crafting an anti-ageing skincare routine is key to youthful skin, but your lifestyle and habits also play a role. This all might sound complicated, but youthful skin care doesn’t need to be. We’ve collated all our best tips for youthful skin drawing on the knowledge of the Kiehl’s skincare experts. Keep reading for advice on skincare ingredients, habits and more.

1. Look for anti-ageing ingredients

Our first tip for keeping youthful skin is to seek out products that harness the power of anti-ageing ingredients fuelled by nature and science. A consistent skincare routine is a great first step, but it’s important to include hardworking active ingredients if anti-ageing is your goal.

So, which ingredients should you be looking for? Potent anti-ageing ingredients are most often found within face serums. To find the best serum for youthful skin you should seek out serums enriched with retinol, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, just to name a few.

Each of these ingredients has its own way of helping promote youthful skin:

  • Retinol speeds up skin cell turnover and promotes collagen production to minimise blemishes and wrinkles
  • Vitamin C brightens the complexion, helping visibly reduce the appearance of age spots and lines
  • Hyaluronic acid intensely hydrates and re-plumps the skin

We recommend our Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum for those new to using this potent ingredient. For vitamin C, our Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate is formulated with 12.5% vitamin C to visibly firm ageing skin over time. In terms of hyaluronic acid, our Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum contains 11kDa Hyaluronic Acid – our smallest molecular size of hyaluronic acid for optimal absorption.

2. Keep skin hydrated

As we age, the skin’s ability to maintain hydration levels slowly decreases, because the skin doesn’t produce as much sebum (skin oil). This often leads to dry skin, more visible fine lines and wrinkles , rougher skin texture and overall discomfort. That’s why keeping your skin hydrated is an effective method of how to make skin more youthful.

Making sure to use a well-formulated moisturiser each morning and night is the best way to help combat dryness as your skin matures. Better yet, your moisturiser can also do double duty as a youthful skin care product if you choose one with active ingredients that target the visible signs of ageing. For example, our Super Multi-Corrective Cream can help visibly reduce wrinkles and fine lines, while powerfully hydrating the skin thanks to its hyaluronic acid content.

3. Wear sunscreen every day

One of the best products for youthful skin doesn’t contain conventional anti-aging ingredients at all. The humble sunscreen should be a non-negotiable part of your routine for keeping youthful skin, because exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the single biggest factor that accelerates the skin ageing process.

UV rays cause photoaging, which means they damage the skin in a way that causes premature ageing in the form of lines, wrinkles, dark spots and even skin cancer. This damage can occur regardless of the weather, which is why you should be wearing sunscreen every single day.

4. Strengthen the skin moisture barrier

Your skin has a natural, invisible barrier that works to keep pollution, impurities and other nasties out of your complexion, while keeping moisture in. This barrier consists of lipids and though you might not have known it’s there, keeping your skin barrier healthy is a crucial part of how to maintain youthful skin. This mission becomes even more important as we get older, because the skin’s ability to produce an essential element of the skin barrier called ceramides decreases with age.

That’s why squalane is a Kiehl’s signature ingredient. As a highly refined botanical lipid, olive-derived squalane replenishes the skin barrier, leaving your complexion softer and more comfortable. Try any product from our Ultra-Facial range to add squalane to your youthful skin routine.

5. Get beauty sleep

A lack of sleep can have a profound impact throughout your body, including your complexion. The body renews itself while we sleep, and that’s equally true when it comes to your skin. Aside from more obvious effects like dark circles, research suggests that poor sleep may increase intrinsic skin ageing.

So, keeping youthful skin means getting enough sleep, whatever that means for you. Take advantage of that shuteye by embracing a night-time skincare routine, including an anti-ageing eye cream like our Midnight Recovery Eye to help achieve youthful-looking eyes in the morning.

6. It’s never too early or late for anti-ageing skincare

The last of our tips for youthful skin is that the time to start taking care of your skin is now. There’s no such thing as being ‘too young’ to reap benefits from anti-ageing skincare in a preventative sense. Likewise, it’s never too late to start an anti-ageing routine or learn how to have youthful skin. If you’re wondering when is the ideal time to start, it’s during your twenties.

Now you know how to choose the best skincare for youthful skin, read our next article on The Difference Between Fine Lines and Wrinkles.


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