I am not a dermatologist although I have been studying products like facial cream and anti-aging cream for 15 years. I am happy it has been a priority for me. I got ID’d yesterday at the pub. It was dinnertime at a sports bar without any music, so it wasn’t like trying to get into a popular club on Saturday night when the bouncers are on autopilot. I also live in British Columbia, Canada where the drinking age is 19. I will be 35 this spring.

I am not here to pitch or plug any particular product, just run down what I personally feel are the most important tips for fighting the signs of aging and wrinkling. I won’t launch right into products like retin a cream and dmae cream, first things first. There are habits that can make you look older that many of us already know a lot about.

Naturally, smoking, excessive drinking, and chronic lack of sleep, will all have a big impact on how fast you age no matter how expensive your facial cream or eye cream is. More than that, though, I think that after smoking, inadequate water consumption is a big problem. There is even one or two experts (out of thousands) getting press saying we don’t need to drink much water. That is just stupid. Staying hydrated will keep your skin in good condition just based upon water content alone, but it will also help remove toxins that can tax the body or cause aging.

Drinking more water will help reduce inflammation which is aging’s number one dirty little secret. Anything you can do to reduce low level inflammation that takes place in your body is a win. Common causes are refined sugar and starches, stress, lack of sleep, excess physical labour, hormonal imbalances, unhealthy foods or overeating, and eating before bedtime. Keeping these factors in check will also help lower your risk of preventable illnesses and diseases. There are several sides to aging and using an excellent skin cream is essential to keeping your skin in good shape, but keeping the stuff under the skin in good shape is also essential to remaining youthful looking and keeping your face tip top.

Think about basic changes you can make in your daily life. Since this is a face cream article, start there. If your skin cream washes off after workout, crying, rubbing against things during a nap, rainshower, or a swim, make sure you have something with you to reapply it. Do not go bare-skinned all day.  Next, think about trying to stay mindful during the day and reducing stress. Those blemishes are a sign of stress hormone and a lowering of immunities that will also be bad news for your skin. 

After you take care of the basics of hygiene like making sure you wash your face regularly, as well as avoid behaviours such as sleeping with makeup, inflammation is the next culprit to focus on. Well, obviously I could go into detail about things like frown lines and forehead furrows, but I think that that is evident enough that I don't need to cover it in detail. Inflammation on the other hand, can easily cause improper healing, as well as free radical damage that accelerates the aging of the skin.

On topic of preventable furrows and frown lines, one area of importance is squinting. If you squint a lot get your eyes checked. If you are squinting because you tend to go out in the sunshine without sunglasses on then you are exposing yourself to the 'double whammy' of preventable aging. Not only will you probably be squinting much more which may lead to fine lines and crow’s feet around the eyes, as well as lines between the eyes for some people, you will be potentially damaging your skin from the harmful ultraviolent (UVA and UVB) rays. After all, if you don't bother protect your eyes with sunglasses, how likely are you to apply sunscreen? You can go out and buy the best wrinkle cream and the best eye cream, but price won’t have much to do with that. The major elements I think make up a good facial cream, beyond the obvious of simply using one are in the list below. As for me, I have moisturised every single day for the past 20-25 years. As soon as I get out of the shower or wash my face, I dry off, then moisturize. Don’t wait to dry and do it later. You will quickly learn to hate the feeling of your skin drying out and cracking.

Keep in mind that even if you are wearing a complete coat of 30+ SPF sunscreen, and you are wearing your sunglasses if it is sunny, there is still another factor to keep in mind. Even if you are wearing sunscreen, if will not protect your skin from drying out in the sun as if you were in a fruit leather dryer. Your sunscreen, even if you put on a proper amount and reapply if needed is not designed to be a moisturizer. In other words, you need to remember to moisturize (or extra-moisturize) and then apply the sunscreen later before you go out. In addition to that, you need to make sure that you stay hydrated. If you are perspiring a lot and are under direct sunlight, your skin can really take a beating. I recommend bringing a water bottle with you to ensure that you have water on hand all the time when you are outside during the hot months of the year, whether that means all year or just a couple of months (like for me in Canada)

I use a dmae cream base that contains alpha lipoic acid as well as fat-soluble vitamin c cream (liposomal vitamin c) not the acid. The main objective beyond protecting your skin and keeping it hydrated is to prevent and reduce inflammation that over time will contribute to the (preventable part of the) aging process.