Is your daily moisturizer the best anti-aging cream?

How treating dry skin can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles

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Curology Team
Oct 18, 2019 · 3 min read

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We’re here to share what we know — but don’t take it as medical advice. Talk to your medical provider if you have questions.

When building an anti-aging skincare routine, many people choose highly specific products like wrinkle creams to target their skin woes. While a time machine might be your best bet to get rid of wrinkles, a rich moisturizer designed to encourage moisture retention may also plump the skin, making your face look more youthful.

The rich moisturizer is also the perfect pairing for anyone with tretinoin in their custom Curology formula. Tretinoin helps the skin shed old cells and grow new ones — which is great for anti-aging, but can sometimes mean temporary patches of drier or more sensitive skin. The rich moisturizer soothes pesky dry spots with 6 hydrating ingredients to smooth tiny cracks, add moisture, and keep that moisture locked in.

What causes dry skin as we age?

As we grow older, so does our skin — it’s a natural biological process and a fact of life. While our skin’s oil-production powerhouses (the sebaceous glands) remain stable in number throughout our lifetime, they produce less sebum as we get older, which makes skin more vulnerable to both signs of dryness and aging. Signs of aging may also be worsened as the result of skin damage caused by outside factors, like smoking and overexposure to UV rays.

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How to build the best anti-aging skincare routine

Because everyone’s skin is individual, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for complex skin issues like aging, and you’d be right to be skeptical of any anti-aging product that claims to turn back time. In fact, you might even find that your skin’s appearance drastically improves as you age — pores may get smaller and you’re less prone to breakouts, so your complexion might be smoother than ever. If that’s the case, using a more lightweight daily moisturizer is perfect for you.

But if, as you get older, you experience skin dryness, flakiness, uneven texture, or all of the above, your skin could benefit from deeper hydration. A decrease in our skin’s oil production may not only lead to signs of dryness, but also issues with skin texture such as more prominent wrinkles or a loss of plumpness. If this sounds familiar, choose a rich moisturizer with ingredients that naturally occur in youthful skin such as squalene and hyaluronic acid.

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Keep it simple

Figuring out how to remedy a complex skin problem can be overwhelming, particularly when there are so many products with so many ingredients — not all of them beneficial. With Curology, a dermatology medical provider works with you on your individual skin concerns, whether you have acne, signs of aging, or all of the above. The Curology set is customizable, with a prescription cream formulated for your unique skin needs, and your choice of moisturizer: our gel moisturizer for normal-to-oily skin and the rich moisturizer for deeper hydration. Sign up for a free trial and pay just $4.95 (plus tax) to cover the cost of shipping and handling on your first skincare set.

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