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They say aging is a privilege, but it doesn’t always feel like it when we begin to experience the signs of aging skin. Getting older can bring wisdom, maturity and self-assuredness, but it can also bring visible signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, dryness and dark spots.

These signs of aging are a perfectly normal part of life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t retain a radiant, youthful looking complexion. Anti-aging skincare products are specially designed to help minimise age-related skin concerns and their formulas are packed full of powerful ingredients to combat the issue.

Our Lancôme experts have compiled a guide to creating an effective anti-aging skincare routine, so that you can rest easy and take advantage of the very best formulas for your skin.

Your Morning Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine

Creating an anti-aging skincare regime can be daunting, especially if you’re starting from scratch. Here’s a simple morning routine based on our advanced expertise.

1. Start by Cleansing

Cleanser is an essential first step in any skincare routine, so why not start incorporating restorative ingredients from the very beginning? Begin your morning with our Absolue Oil-In-Gel Face Cleanser, infused with a precious blend of Grand Rose Extracts and cleansing oils. This anti-aging cleanser has a nourishing oil-in-gel formula which removes makeup and thoroughly cleanses without drying the skin.

How to Apply:
Wet your face a little to ensure it’s slightly damp, then apply a generous amount. Gently massage the formula into your skin in circular movements until you feel the texture transform into an oil. Next, add water and massage again to transform the cleanser into a luxurious milky fluid. Finish up by rinsing your face thoroughly to reveal skin free of impurities, excess sebum and sweat.

Your skin won’t be left feeling tight or over-cleansed, as this cleanser is designed to preserve the skin’s moisture barrier. Instead, you can expect hydration, refined skin texture and a brighter complexion.

2. Tone the Skin

Now that you’ve banished any impurities from your skin, it’s time to prep your skin for serums by using a toner with an anti-aging focus. Our Absolue Rose 80 Lotion Face Toner contains our highest concentration of rose actives, making it an essential product for visible skin regeneration.

How to Apply:
To apply, dab a small amount of the light fluid onto a cotton wool pad and sweep gently but swiftly over the entire face. The formula will be absorbed quickly, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and revitalised.

After consistent use, you’ll notice your skin texture is looking smoother and your complexion is looking brighter, as dullness can sometimes be associated with aging.

3. Apply an Anti-Aging Serum

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Your freshly cleansed and toned skin is now in perfect condition to receive a powerful dose of active ingredients. For a potent hit of anti-aging ingredients enriched with millions of prebiotic and probiotic fractions, use our Advanced Génifique face serum.

This serum is the culmination of 20 years of advanced research from Lancôme in the anti-aging field. The skin’s self-recovery function declines as we age, meaning it’s more difficult to remedy a depleted skin barrier. A complex of 7 pre and probiotic fractions in this serum re-balances the skin microbiome or ‘good bacteria’ on your face, keeping skin more hydrated and radiant and healthy looking.

How to Apply:
Apply one dropper of the Advanced Génifique serum and press lightly, firmly and evenly into the skin. Over time you’ll notice increased elasticity, firmness and radiance.

4. Use a Targeted Eye Cream

We know that the first signs of aging often appear as fine lines around the eyes, due to the thinner, delicate nature of skin in this area. That’s why it’s super important to use an anti-aging eye cream. We recommend the Advanced Génifique Eye Cream, suitable for all skin types.

Just like the serum, this eye cream contains highly concentrated prebiotic and probiotic fractions. The result: A significant reduction in dark circles and the under-eye bags that tend to increase with age-related loss of elasticity.

How to Apply:
Gently smooth the creamy gel over the upper and lower eye area using two fingers, making sure to include the crow’s feet. You’ll look more awake in no time as your skin becomes more radiant.

5. Focus on a Dark Spot Treatment

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Discolouration and age spots are some of the most obvious signs of aging, so it’s well worth your while to include a dark spot treatment in your daily routine.

We recommend our Clarifique Spot Eraser, a powerful dark spot corrector enriched with Wild French beech bud extract to speed up the skin’s renewal cycle. Targeted antioxidants help reduce excess melanin production – the mechanism that creates dark spots.

How to Apply:
Apply this product on specific dark spots to reduce their intensity, appearance, size and number. Alternatively, spread across the entire face to even out your skin tone.

6. Moisturise with a Day Cream

An Anti-aging face cream is an essential step to lock in moisture for the day ahead. The luxurious and silky formula of our Rénergie Multi-Lift Day Cream does just that for a feeling of renewed softness, counteracting the dryness that sometimes comes with age.

How to Apply:
Apply every morning using an upwards sweeping motion, working from the centre of the face outwards.

7. Nourish Your Complexion with a Face Oil

Hydration is absolutely crucial for maintaining youthful looking skin, so a facial oil like our Absolue Precious Face Oil is a must-have next step for your skincare routine. This deeply nourishing oil contains a complex of seven precious botanical oils for ultimate moisture.

How to Apply:
Apply a small amount by dabbing onto the face, before gently smoothing out the oil to build a thin layer. Your skin will feel pampered and look positively luminous by the time you’re done.

Your Night Time Anti-Aging Skincare Routine

While your nightly skincare routine has the same foundations as the steps you’ve taken during the day, there are a few tweaks to be made. Including some heavier products means you can really nourish your skin overnight.

1. Cleanse the Skin

Cleanse again with the Absolue Oil-In-Gel Face Cleanser to wash the day away. The oil-in-gel formula will effectively remove all traces of makeup and any pollutants you’ve been exposed to throughout the day.

2. Use a Toner

Keep things consistent with the Absolue Rose 80 Lotion Face Toner. The rose actives will sooth and hydrate your skin overnight.

3. Apply a Face Mask

We usually have a lot more time in the evening than we do during the morning rush, so make the most of it by indulging in a relaxing face mask moment. We recommend a concentrated restorative mask like the Advanced Génifique Hydrogel Melting Mask. With the same amount of Bifidus Extract as an entire bottle of Advanced Génifique Serum, this mask will leave your skin radiant and with fewer visible imperfections.

How to Apply: Carefully place the mask over your face and leave on for 10, 20 or 30 minutes. Be sure to massage your skin to help absorb the leftover serum afterwards.

4. Opt for an Eye Cream

After your mask, gently pat on your Advanced Génifique Eye Cream with the same technique you used in the morning. This will ensure dark circles and under eye bags are restored overnight.

5. Apply Dark Spot Treatment

Our Clarifique Spot Eraser works best when used twice day, so you’ll want to repeat this one too so you can even out your skin tone while you sleep!

6. Moisturise with a Night Cream

Arguably the most enjoyable part of an evening skincare routine is being able to use a thick, luxurious night cream. Our skin loses a lot of moisture overnight, which exacerbates the signs of aging.

We recommend combating moisture-loss with our Rénergie Multi-Lift Night Cream. This cream uses our multi-tension technology to tighten and lift your epidermis overnight, while it’s most receptive.

How to Apply: Use tiny pinches during application to stimulate blood flow. As with the day cream, use an upward motion. After just four weeks, you should notice reduced wrinkles.

7. Finish off with a Face Oil

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One more step before you get some shut-eye. Seal in all your good work by again sliding on our Absolue Precious Face Oil to ensure you wake up with a golden glow. You’ll sleep soundly knowing you’ll wake up looking like your most radiant self.

Now that you’ve educated yourself about how to create the ultimate anti-aging skincare routine, it’s time to learn why probiotic skincare is creating such a buzz. Read our guide to the benefits of prebiotic and probiotic skincare.

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