Anti-Ageing – let’s talk essential skincare ingredients!

3 March 2016

When it comes to anti-ageing, it’s never too soon to establish a skincare regime – with many experts swearing by prevention. So what does that mean for you? Well, it means that you should start paying attention to your skincare now! With that in mind, here’s a list of essential skincare ingredients you should take advantage of for youthful-looking skin.

  • AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)

Improve the condition of your skin by investing in skincare containing AHAs. Choose glycolic acid for a youthful complexion. This helps to exfoliate your skin and increases the production of collagen and elastin to reduce lines and wrinkles, improve hydration and lighten pigmentation.

Lactic acid is ideal for treating pigmentation specifically and is ideal for treating sensitive skin, offering skin lightening benefits and intensely hydrating your skin.

If you’re still suffering from Acne through your 20s and 30s, choose a product containing salicylic acid to cut through the oil and unclog your pores, leading to reduced inflammation and fewer breakouts.

It’s important to note that these ingredients should only be used at night.

  • Antioxidants

Products rich in antioxidants help to protect skin from free radicals which cause damage to our skin cells’ DNA and contribute to premature ageing. Look for a serum with up to 20 per cent vitamin C for maximum protection. Red wine contains resveratrol which is also known to be a great antioxidant – as if you needed an excuse to pour another glass.

  • Lipids

Over time, skin can become dry and dull-looking which is where lipids come in handy. They work by plumping the skin with fatty acids to stimulate production of ceramides to maintain your skin’s barrier as you age. Lipids may be listed as sunflower or other oils on the back of your skincare.

  • Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 which helps to moisturise and brighten your skin, evening out skin tone – making it ideal if you suffer from pigmentation.

  • Retinol

The hero of anti-ageing, retinol is otherwise known as vitamin A which helps to promote healthy cell turnover, preventing Acne and evening out pigmentation. When you reach your 30s, your collagen and elastin levels start to deplete, leading to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Prevent premature ageing and keep your skin at its best with retinol-based products. Use this product at night only and not in conjunction with any other acids.

How many of these essential skincare ingredients do you use in your routine? Let us know on Twitter!


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