Earlier this week, Prince William proposed to Meghan Markle. As photos of the bride to be began circulating online, many were shocked to find that Markle is actually three years older than Prince William on account of her beautiful, youthful skin. Whether you have a wedding of your own coming up or you’re just looking to maximize your routine, there are very simple steps to take towards improving your skin.

 

In my professional opinion, the key to healthy, clear, glowing skin is a simple skin care routine with products that contain effective ingredients. I don’t believe in layering 10 different products on the skin.  Surprisingly, some of the most effective products can be found over the counter. Here’s what I recommend to help you achieve Meghan Markle’s ageless skin:  

1) Gentle cleanser

If you are using heavy products, you want to stick with a gentle cleanser. Cleansers containing a lot of acids can cause skin irritation when used with other potent cosmeceuticals. My personal favorite is the Vanicream Facial Cleanser. I love this product especially because it doesn’t contain parabens or other harmful preservatives. It’s also a huge steal!

 

2) Antioxidant Serum

Antioxidants do wonders for your skin. They help reduce the effects of harmful environmental pollutants and the free radicals(?) they cause. They are important for prevents premature skin aging and skin cancer. My absolute favorite antioxidant serum – Hydropeptide Hydrostem+6. It contains rejuvenating peptides with plant extracts that guard against UV and pollution damage. This heavy hitter also has a heftier price tag, but it well worth every cent.

 

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3) Topical Retinoid

Any board certified dermatologist will tell you that a topical retinoid is essential to any anti-aging routine. Retinoids, which are primarily used for acne, also have potent anti-aging benefits including the elimination of fine lines and wrinkles. Until recently, retinoids could only be purchased with a doctor’s prescription. Luckily, now one is available over the counter! Diferrin 0.1% is a gentle topical retinoid that is extremely effective. A little goes a long way with these products, so you only want to use a pea-sized amount to the entire face nightly. This can be found in the acne aisle at your local pharmacy and costs $17-$34.

 

4) Clay masks

Clay masks are good for almost any skin type. The use of clay for soothing and healing the skin dates back thousands of years.  Clay detoxifies the skin by binding to environmental pollutants and eliminating them. Clay unclogs and shrinks the appearance of pores, regulates sebum production (excessive sebum production is linked to acne), and leaves the skin feeling softer and smoother. My favorite clay based product is Hydropeptide’s Purifying Mask. It uses kaolin and bentonite clays to extract impurities and enable more effective regulation of oil.

 

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5) Eye Cream  

Start an eye cream early and use it daily. The eyes are the first area on our faces to show the signs of aging. The skin of the eyelids is the thinnest skin our our body, making it more susceptible to environmental pollutants. That’s why eye cream is so important. My favorite eye cream is HydroPeptide’s Eye Authority. It contains crushed pearls that instantly brightens dark under-eye circles, and helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles with consistent use.

 

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If you follow these five simple tips, you will see dramatic changes and over time will be able to achieve Meghan Markle’s ageless skin.

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