I'm a skincare expert – 3 products I'd want on a desert island to fight aging, including a 'powerhouse' staple | The Sun

A SKINCARE expert has revealed her three must-have anti-aging skincare products if she ever happened to find herself stranded on a deserted island.

Jennifer Adell (@jennifer_adell), the senior esthetician at New Beauty and Wellness in Westport, Connecticut, described her marooned must-haves to The U.S. Sun.

Adell admitted that if she were actually on a desert island — sun blazing, limited shade — she'd pick skincare products that would "support my skin not falling off."

But assuming this island had everything a girl could want — minus a Sephora or Ulta Beauty — and she could only pack three products for her getaway, there are a few must-haves she'd include in her case.

First, Vitamin C.

"Vitamin C is a powerhouse," she said. "It is a staple in my regimen for life.

"It brightens, lightens, works on fine lines by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, and is your protection against free radical damage."

It's also a defense system against "those environmental stresses coming at us."

"Vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid also protects us against UV-induced photodamage," she added.

Next up would be a retinoid, like Clinical Skin Retinol + AOX Renewal Cream, $70.

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"Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that increase cellular turnover which produces regenerated skin," she explained.

"When our skin cells regenerate more quickly, we see our skin with a more youthful glow, vibrant and refreshed.

"Retinoids should only be used at night but everyone can benefit — even the 22-year-old who is struggling with acne can benefit since the cell turnover results in fresh, regenerated skin, helping to combat acne."

She recommends starting slow since the skin needs to adjust when a retinoid is added.

"Start with one to three times a week until your skin tolerates it beautifully," she said.

"A bit of flakiness and dryness in the beginning is normal. Once you are past that phase you can work your way up to four to five times a week."

Finally, Adell wouldn't go anywhere without sunscreen.

"SPF is crucial to prevent premature aging and UV damage. It's simply a fact," she said.

"And that means 365 days a year. Some of the worst sunburns I've seen were on hardcore skiers, and some of the most severe photo-aging I've seen is on commuters not applying sunscreen while driving.

"When you wear SPF daily, you give your skin some downtime instead of constantly defending itself from UV exposure.

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"Let SPF products do the work. If you struggle with melasma, then opt for a physical sunscreen containing zinc and Titanium Dioxide."

Previously, Adell shared her top anti-aging tips for winter The U.S. Sun, including the surprising tech everyone should sleep with.

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