The best products for ageing skin
When it comes to growing old we all want to do it gracefully, but if we can slow down the signs of ageing! Even better right! There are some amazing treatments out there but I’m definitely a firm believer in you should always start with your skin first. But what are the best products for ageing skin I hear you ask, there are so many? When it comes to investing in your anti ageing skincare, it can be quite pricey so you want to be sure you are spending your money on products that are actually going to work. I’m going to be giving you a walk through of how you can banish those fine lines and wrinkles, get firmer more youthful skin, dramatically fade those dark spots and bring back that glowing radiance.
But first it’s important to understand how our skin ages
So once we hit 21 its all pretty much downhill for our skin, our collagen, the stuff that gives our skin its youthful bounce starts to degrade by about 1% every year leading to loss of firmness and elasticity. But one of the other contributing factors to how our skin ages is our environment and what we put it through. The biggest contributing factor being the sun! Over time the suns harmful UV rays destroy our collagen and elastin fibres thinning the skin leaving it sagging and lifeless with those lines and wrinkles that we all dread.
When it comes to anti ageing skincare i’m going to make it so much easier by narrowing them all down, there are only 4 things you need to take into consideration.
Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid)
Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid)
Known as the Holy Grail of skincare for a reason! it prevents and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, a powerful anti-oxidant, reduces the appearance of dark spots and gives skin an amazing glow! I mean what more could you want from your skincare!
Applying Vitamin C topically can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally in boosting collagen production. If we are able to boost our collagen production we are definitely on to a winner! This is the stuff that will plump up the skin giving it back its bounce, so reducing fine lines and wrinkles, giving skin radiance and that all important glow.
Vitamin C in the form of L-Ascorbic Acid is also a powerful anti-oxidant, which means every day we are exposed to free radical damage from the sun and pollution that degrades our collagen but we are protected from this if we use a good quality topical Vitamin C product, furhermore If you use a product that combines Vitamin C with Vitamin E it increases its effectiveness 4 fold.
I recommend Skinceuticals C E Ferulic a powerful antioxidant serum that delivers up to 8x environmental protection against free radicals improving
the appearance of lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, enhances radiance and brightens the complexion.
These are an absolute must! Retinol’s work by increasing cellular turnover which dramatically slows down once we hit our 20s and continues to decline as we age leading to tired dull skin and you guessed it lines and wrinkles.
Retinol derives from Vitamin A and works by allowing new skin cells up to the surface and the older surface cells to exfoliate more rapidly. Retinol is also an antioxidant, it stimulates collagen and has pigment blocking abilities making it great for those dark spots.
It’s important not rush this process to avoid irritation so always use a good quality product and start low and slow increasing use over time. Retinol also makes your skin more sensitive to the sun so alway use at night time only and pair up with a physical sunscreen in the day.
I recommend Skinceuticals 0.3% Retinol it improves the appearance visible signs of ageing and pores whilst improving skin tone.
AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)
These powerful little beauties are chemical exfoliates. Commonly Glycolic Acid from sugar cane or Lactic Acid from milk, these are often found in professional chemical peels but in much higher concentrations to what you will find in your skincare. AHA’s loosen the bonds between dead skin cells rather than mechanically removing them like harsher scrubs which can damage your skin. So what can AHA,s do for your ageing skin? Well again your have to build up slowly to avoid sensitivity like with all these amazing active ingredients that work your skin hard, but these products will resurface your skin gradually reducing dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles whilst giving your skin a bright glowing radiance.
Again they will increase your skins sensitivity to the sun so its essential to wear your daily physical sunscreen to protect your skin against harmful UV rays.
The sun is our biggest enemy when it comes to ageing! Whether its a sunny day or the most miserable cloudy day in February those destructive harmful UV rays still get through! Even through your windows!
Not only do they cause skin cancer they degrade the collagen in our skin which is why your daily physical (not chemical) SPF should be your most important daily anti ageing face cream. You can invest all the money in the world on expensive jars, lotions and potions buts its worth zero if the second you open your curtains in the morning you are not protecting that hard earned collagen which will instantly begin to degrade the second its exposed to those invisible rays! A Great physical sunsreen will usually contain zinc oxide and titanium oxide.
When to start using anti ageing products
So in some cases prevention is better than the cure and when it comes to anti ageing this is no exception, its so much harder to reverse the signs of ageing than it is to prevent them in the first place!
Using a daily SPF in your 20’s is definitely the best thing you can do to prevent premature ageing.
The absolute same can be said for Vitamin C, it has the amazing protective and antioxidant properties against UV and pollution which over time will dramatically age the skin.
Again with Retinols and AHA’s they can also be introduced as a preventative products they also are excellent for acne prone skin.
So I hope this has simplified what are the best products for ageing skin for you.
And good luck with your skincare journey.
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