Prevention is key to minimising wrinkles and slowing both the INTRINSIC and EXTRINSIC Visible Ageing processes.
Intrinsic Ageing is effectively AGEING from within. It is the natural ageing process that takes place over the years regardless of outside influences. From withing, our natural exfoliation slows, collagen production slows, moisture transfer slows, sebaceous glands shrink and oil production slows, skin becomes dry, wrinkled and fragile. We call it “getting older”.
Extrinsic Ageing if the opposite to Intrinsic Ageing – this is where the skin ages from the outside. Main causes are diet, UV sun damage, stress and environmental factors. The good news is we can effect Extrinsic Ageing factors.
The most important thing is to take care of your skin before all these ageing changes start to take place. Reducing your direct sun exposure and ensuring the regular application of sun protection against both UVA and UVB rays is critical 365 days a year using an SPF of at least 30+.
Professional skin care products suited to your skin type and condition and used in a daily regime, will also go a long way to retarding the ageing processes.
Sunscreen is the superstar of all superstars in the world of skincare, especially for anti-ageing, and it must be a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
We know that sunscreenisn’t nearly as sexy as the latest anti-wrinkle cream dressed up in slick claims and packaging, but it is far and away the most important. When used correctly, meaning applied liberally, 365 days a year, rain or shine, no matter how long you think you’ll be exposed (1 minute of time in UV light is all it takes for sun damage to begin), sunscreen is your best defence against the visible effects of sun damage and helps prevent early skin ageing.
Exfoliantsremove built-up layers of dead, rough, thickened, surface skin that makes skin look rough, dull, wrinkled, and dry. This surface renewal reveals skin that’s remarkably smoother, more even, hydrated, radiant, and younger-looking.
The catch? We’re not talking about scrubs! Rather, we’re referring to non-abrasive, leave-on exfoliants that contain AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) or BHA(beta hydroxy acid) ingredients. The AHAs to look for include glycolic and lactic acids; the one and only BHA ingredient is salicylic acid.
Antioxidantsdefend against environmental stress, help calm skin, and play a role in softening the signs of ageing. Some of the most researched antioxidants for skin include green tea, vitamin C, vitamin E, soy, genistein, pomegranate, and resveratrol—but these are just the tip of the iceberg! For best results, look for serums that are enriched with a mix of antioxidants.
Skin Serums – containing restoring ingredients can nourish skin in a way that helps it regain its youthful, vibrant appearance. These ingredients also help improve skin tone and texture and soften the appearance of wrinkles. Examples include retinol, niacinamide, peptides, and adenosine.
Skin-replenishing ingredients are the same substances found naturally in skin that help it maintain its surface integrity. These replenishing ingredients make skin feel soft and supple, relieve dryness, and, if used daily, help skin safeguard skin from environmental factors that lead to moisture loss and dehydration. Skin-replenishing ingredients include glycerine, ceramides, various fatty acids and lipids(including those found in plant oils), and hyaluronic acid.
These state-of-the-art ingredients, especially when combined in one product, are the types you need, regardless of the name on the label or the product category. If the product doesn’t contain these ingredients, then why bother?
PLEASE NOTE: Never buy any “anti-ageing” product that come in a jar packaging because the state-of-the-art ingredients won’t remain stable once you’ve opened the jar and exposed the contents to air and light. Professional quality skin care products with “active ingredients” should be in non transparent pump packs or vacuum sealed dispensers to prevent oxidation with the air once opened.
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