Today, when most of the world is polluted and sun is burning a bit too much, having a young skin is hard. If we add on top the unrealistic idea that we should all look in real life the way models look after photoshop we’re down on a path that leads to nothing good.
The good part is that, even in these conditions there are products, tips or ingredients that will make our skin look its best. And, funny enough, the answer to anti-aging isn’t held by those extra expensive, luxuriant creams from glossy magazines but in normal skincare.
First and most important is SPF protection.. You’ve probably heard this over and over again (I think I mentioned it on half of my skincare articles) but this is indeed the most important ingredient from your entire routine. Why? Because it is always easier to maintain a healthy skin than to treat a damaged one. SPF keeps you away from de-pigmentation, burnt skin and early wrinkles. But how many of us have actually used SPF every time? I must say that until a year and a half ago I didn’t care that much about it and I often forgot to apply it. The good part is that it is not too late and the problem can still be fought.
What helps A LOT with sun damaged skin are AHA acids. They remove the dead cells from the surface of the skin and also have good results with brown spots. Also, after exfoliating with AHAs you will see that creams/serums are easily absorbed and your skin looks glowing. They also have some effects on fine lines or small wrinkles. Yet, for this part I am gonna introduce you the big boss, as in Retinol.
Retinol is a component of vitamin A and is the most effective anti-aging ingredient on the market. You can see some results even 12 hours later and, on the long term, if you keep on using it the results become permanent. Of course, you have to be very careful with it because active ingredients (like retinol) can also be irritating. You could try to use something with a small concentration (let’s say 0.1%) every 3 days or so and see how your skin reacts. If your skin reacts ok to this ingredient you could also try treatments (like 1% retinol from Paula’s Choice – which is what I use) once/week. A little goes a long way and I think it is a very good product to invest in. Of course, if you use it, do it at night and apply high SPF next morning because your skin may be a bit sensitive.
Another ingredient that is extremely helpful with fine lines and brown spots is vitamin C. I recommend a treatment that you could use locally, because I think it is more effective than a vitamin C cream. That’s because both retinol and vitamin C don’t last too long after they are exposed to air and few companies actually make good containers for day/night creams.
Last, but not least are antioxidants. They have multiple benefits: from rising your SPF protection to hydrating damaged skin and help its cells act more healthy. I usually use a antioxidant serum and I have seen amazing improvements in the elasticity of my skin, so I’m never going back.
Ok, I will stop here, but I plan on coming back with updates on this subject of anti-aging very soon, so stay tuned.