Anti ageing skincare is a vast and complicated category as there are many aspects to ageing. Problems ranging from fine lines, deep wrinkles, pigmentation, slackened skin, loss of radiance, rough texture and thinning skin. Whoah!! what a truly depressing list! There are no miracle potions that can transform you into your younger self but there are ingredients out there that can make a marked difference.
A well conditioned line and wrinkle has a much more desirable look than that of a dehydrated neglected wrinkle. Lines are inevitable (nothing wrong with them) with age but they can be softened by using the correct products. Hydration alone is a critical factor to fend off existing and future skin issues; a lack of water in the skin can exacerbate many ageing conditions so it is vital to keep the hydration levels to a maximum.
Slackened skin is notoriously difficult to treat but there are many tightening serum and creams on the market to target those troublesome areas. Its just about finding what suits your skin needs, which I know can be difficult as the skincare market is so vast and competitive. Unfortunately its all down to trial and error! QVC is always a good place to start as they have a 30 day money back guarantee.
Loss of radiance, rough skin texture and pigmentation is a less complicated problem to solve. Exfoliation is the key, especially acid exfoliation. Ingredients such as Glycolic acid, Lactic acid and Liquorice extract slough away dead skin cells and lighten skin tone, revealing a general brighter appearance and also works on reducing line and wrinkle depth. Exfoliation is a necessity if you want to work on problem areas as expensive oils, serums and creams are worthless if they sit on top of a layer of dead skin cells!!
Retinol (Vitamin A) is a potent ingredient that will work on reducing fine lines, enhancing collagen production and evening out pigmentation. It can sometimes cause redness and flaking so its advisable to ease yourself in by applying every 3rd evening. Off the shelf creams contain a much lower concentration than prescription creams, so its a good place to start. Ive even decided to give them a go, quite fancy the La roche posay redermic (R)) for eyes and at £24.50 I think its a reasonable price.
Cleansers are the foundation to any good skincare routine, ones that don't strip and aggravate are a good place to start. Creams, balms and oil cleansers are an essential for anti ageing, followed by a spritz of a non alcohol toner. Most importantly (I feel) is the serum/oil stage as their molecule size is smaller than that of a moisturiser so they're able to penetrate the surface layer of the skin; enabling them to work at a deeper level. Finally the moisturiser stage, this works at protecting the skin against environmental aggressors and locks in the moisture.
Im sure this is obvious! but protecting your skin against UVA and UVB rays is an essential for keeping future ageing and issues at bay, even in winter those UVA rays are present! Of course limiting your alcohol consumption is advised to prevent skin dehydration but when you're (ahem) partial to a prosecco or two this can be a challenge!! Oh what the heck, you only live once!
In the next few weeks I will be trialling retinol products and will get back to you on my results :)