Anti-ageing skincare is a very real possibility. Your face isn’t going to freeze in time, of course (you’ll need Botox for that) but you can definitely slow it down if you want to.
A lot of people want to know what the best anti-ageing products are, but it is all to do with the ingredients. Once you understand the ingredients that will protect, hydrate and support cell renewal you will be able to easily choose a good anti-ageing skincare product.
1. Protect your skin from the sun and pollution
Our genes and lifestyle will determine what our skin looks like as we age, but apart from this, the single biggest cause of ageing is UVA rays. These are present all year round regardless of the weather and can penetrate windows. That’s why it is the first, and perhaps most important, the thing you can do to protect your skin from ageing.
The other thing you can do to protect your skin is to incorporate vitamin C into your morning routine. Vitamin C is particularly beneficial to people who live in cities or polluted areas of the world because it stops skins from absorbing harmful particles in the air which contribute to ageing, acne, irritation, and more.
It is an antioxidant so not only does it protect from pollution but also harmful UV rays while also brightening skin tone, so great for hyperpigmentation, and it improves elasticity. You can see my 5 favourite Vitamin C serums here.
2. Hydrate your skin
Hyaluronic acid exists naturally in the body, but as time goes by the amount decreases. The water-holding molecule can retain 1,000 times its weight in water within skin cells, making it wondrous for keeping skin plump and hydrated. This might appear on skincare products as ‘HA’ or ‘RHA’. You can even get it injected directly into your skin, a treatment I explain here.
Adding oils into your routine is also great. Some of the best anti-ageing facial oils are: argan, jojoba, rose hip, camellia, sea buckthorn, pomegranate seed
3. Support cell renewal to reduce fine lines
Salicylic acid and retinol (vitamin A), support skin cell renewal which in time will decrease fine lines and increase collagen. It is a common skincare myth that this will make skin thinner and result in poor texture, but actually it will help thicken skin over time.
Retinol acid is particularly good for this but is extremely potent, so it needs to be introduced to your evening skincare routine slowly, starting at a low percentage. You can read more about vitamins in skincare, including vitamin C and retinol, here.
Make sure to include your neck and eyes to prevent and treat wrinkles here, always being gentle with your eyes.
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