Dermal Therapist Yadira Cauchi on when should you start anti ageing skincare, the best skincare routine for mature skin, and best anti ageing skincare ingredients.
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And while ageing in general is inevitable, there are certain skincare ingredients you can use to ensure your skin continues to look and feel healthy.
You see, skin ageing tends to occur due to both intrinsic and extrinsic factors - and what does this mean?
Firstly, extrinsic factors are those that are kind of our fault because these are factors in our life that we can manage - such as how much sun exposure we get, our lifestyle, poor diet choices, alcohol consumption, stress levels and/or lack of sleep; these are all extrinsic factors that contribute to our skin ageing.
Intrinsic factors on the other hand, are those that are shaped by our genetics and are unavoidable (to a degree.)
So while we can’t stop time or change our genes, there are things we can be doing as part of our everyday lifestyle to keep our bodies and in turn, our skin healthy.
Plus, a targeted skincare routine with specific products and ingredients to help tackle age management concerns is always going to help.
Couple the skincare ingredients below with a balanced diet and lifestyle and it can all contribute to healthy ageing.
Below are some great skincare ingredients to add to age management skincare routines for mature skin.
Of course I am starting with sunscreen. It is the number one product everybody needs to be using to protect the skin and help with age management concerns.
The key is to look for a broad spectrum formula that contains both UVA and UVB protection, which will help protect our skin from both premature ageing (caused by UVA rays) and burning (caused by UVB rays).
The next ingredients you want to have in your routine, (and that work really well coupled with SPF) are antioxidants.
Vitamin C of course, is a very popular antioxidant, however there are other antioxidants such as niacinamide, resveratrol, vitamin E and coenzyme Q10 which are also beneficial in age management routines if vitamin C just doesn’t work with your skin.
Antioxidants in our skincare routine protect the skin from free radical damage caused by pollution and UV exposure. Free radical damage causes cellular damage and basically speeds up skin ageing.
However, antioxidants work to prevent that from happening and since most of this cellular damage tends to happen during the day, then that’s why it’s recommended you use and apply antioxidants in the morning.
Vitamin A is my favourite skincare ingredient for a lot of reasons but especially if age management is a concern.
Not only does this ingredient help boost collagen and elastin production but it also boosts cellular turnover which helps refine skin texture, fight dullness and help get rid of sun damage and pigmentation.
I will always recommend finding the right strength and derivative for your skin via a consultation with a Dermal Therapist.
As we age our skin tends to lose its ability to hold onto moisture and many people may notice that dryness becomes a concern.
Hyaluronic acid is also a molecule that is already present in our skin, but as it diminishes with time it may be beneficial to add a hyaluronic acid serum into your routine to help plump and hydrate the skin.
It can also help improve the skin’s ability to retain water.
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