Let’s face it, not everyone wants to resort to botox or filler, when it comes to skin aging.
There are lots of products on the market that can help you achieve brighter, fresher skin and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – but it’s a bit of a minefield out there.
Everything is marked as anti-aging and a lot of it is clever marketing with little truth behind it.
Unless you are trained in skin, and in each brand, then how can you know what to choose?
There are three ingredients you should always use.
This is your starting point. A skin assessment is going to tell you exactly which form of these ingredients and which products suit you best. But as a guide, it’s pretty simple.
Unfortunately, people still don’t realise that they have to wear SPF every single day.
2. Vitamin A
Vitamin A as “the holy grail” of anti-ageing skincare.
This is the real deal!
It is recommended to be used every morning and every night in the form of retinyl palmitate, or a couple of nights per week (depending on age) in the form of retinol.
This is where a skin assessment comes in to determine which is better for you and which would fit into your routine best.
- Speeds up cell renewal (natural exfoliation)
- Triggers the production of collagen and elastin (makes you look 16…well maybe not 16 but it’s a start)
- Regulates oil production
- Promotes the skin’s ability to moisturise itself
- Supports your skin’s immunity
- Compacts the stratum corneum (makes your skin light reflective and gives you a glow)
- Reduces the frequency of breakouts (can increase them at first, this is why you need a skin assessment)
- Strengthens the appearance of fine lines (with prolonged use)
However, if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on certain medications you may not be able to use vitamin A, and you should check with a skin expert or doctor.
3. Exfoliating Acids
As we age, the rate at which dead skin cells fall off the surface of our skin decreases year after year, which makes our complexion duller and more tired looking.
That’s why we recommend an exfoliating acid to help this process along.
Don’t be afraid of acids, your skin is acidic and it likes them. When used correctly.
Remember the skin has an important role to play, a protective role.
Like your body’s bouncer, it keeps things out.
So by using an exfoliating acid, you allow the penetration of your other products to become more effective, they won’t have these added layers of dead skin to try get past.
Depending on your skin type and condition, you can choose your acid, or acid blend.
The most common forms of exfoliating acids are glycolic, salicylic, mandelic and lactic.
If you suffer with breakouts, blackhead or an oily T Zone go for salicylic acid.
Dry, mature and sluggish? Glycolic is the GO for you.
Dry, sensitive and dehydrated? Go for lactic or mandelic acids.
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