When it comes to our anti-ageing products, which ingredients should we really be looking for?
1. Zinc oxide
The best sunscreen ingredient for providing protection against the long wavelength UVA rays that are ravaging our collagen and contributing to hyperpigmentation; and now that it’s available in a micronized format, it doesn’t have to cause a grey-ish finish on the skin!
Skinceuticals Sheer Mineral UV Defence SPF50
A lightweight and fast-absorbing broad-spectrum sunscreen that makes for the most wearable of high factor protectants.
A brilliant all-rounder, it’s well-tolerated (and can even increase tolerability of more irritating ingredients like retinoids), plus it helps reduce hyperpigmentation and ageing-associated inflammation.
SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3 is designed to target, repair and prevent the visible signs of photo-aging. A 5% concentration of niacinamide diminishes hyperpigmentation while peptides and glycerin firm skin and smooth expression lines and deep wrinkles. Amino acids enhance collagen production for skin that is radiant, renewed and revitalised
The most substantiated of all the anti-ageing ingredients, unless you’re pregnant or suffer from rosacea you should probably be using a retinoid! It improves fine lines, improves texture and tone, and helps improve pore quality, so they’re less prominent and unclogged.
How to Use
If you have never used retinol products before, begin by limiting use to twice a week, then gradually increase frequency to every other night, and finally once an evening as tolerated. Consult your skincare professional for a dosage schedule appropriate for your skin.
Apply a pea-sized amount of Retinol 0.5 to thoroughly cleansed skin in the evening. Carefully avoid the eyes and the corner of the eyes. To ensure optimal results, wait at least 30 minutes before applying any corrective or moisturising products the same evening as applying Skinceuticals retinol.
Do not use retinol products if you are pregnant or lactating. Do not use if taking prescription acne medication, or if undergoing a skin peeling regime.
4. Glycolic acid
Chemical exfoliation delivers more precise and controlled improvements in skin texture and tone. It also improves penetration of other skincare ‘actives’ such as vitamin C .
Dermaceutic Foamer 15 - Removes impurities and dead cells, and purifies the skin.
Foamer 15 is recommended for dull complexion, irregular texture and skin imperfections.
Dermaceutic Turnover cream - The formula of concentrated glycolic acid removes dead cells that build up on the skin’s surface and stimulates cellular renewal.
Glycolic acid reduces corneocyte cohesion of the keratin layer of the skin, enabling homogeneous exfoliation of upper layers. By removing dead cells from the skin surface, the signs of aging are less visible, the skin appears smoother, and complexion is more homogeneous
5. Salicylic acid
A great choice of chemical exfoliant for those with oily/combination skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties, exfoliates and therefore increases cell turnover and also gets into pores to keep them clear and unclogged, reducing visibility.
Skinceuticals Blemish Age Cleansing Gel Designed for ageing skin prone to breakouts, it combines potent cleansing agents with salicylic acid to decongest pores, smooth irregularities and brighten skin.
7. L’Ascorbic acid
Vitamin C is vital for healthy functioning collagen, so correctly formulated and appropriately packaged vitamin C in its L-ascorbic acid is a worthwhile investment.
Skinceuticals CE Ferulic
A daytime vitamin C serum that delivers advanced environmental protection and improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and brightens skin's complexion. A dark spot diminisher that helps to rectify the effects of sun damage.
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