Anti-Aging Simplified - Breaking Down The Ingredients, Products & Treatments You Should Be Paying Attention Too...
Getting older is a part of life, and with that comes some changes to your skin. You may find yourself worrying about wrinkles and fine lines, sun damage, changes in your skin texture, dryness, dull skin, visible pores or a loss of plumpness and firmness in your face. All of these are normal parts of the aging process.
There are so many different products, treatments and options out there that claim to help signs of aging, that even knowing where to start can feel completely overwhelming. How do you know if a product is right for you? Is natural skincare best? Should you just get Botox and be done with it?
Understanding the right products and treatments to suit the needs of your skin is important. A great skincare routine, backed up with effective treatments and professional guidance is essential for great skin.
Effective anti-aging skincare ingredients
You might feel like you need a degree in dermatology to decode what’s on the product labels of your favourite skincare products. Sometimes they’re just not labelled in a way that makes it easy to understand what they do and the benefits. Here are some of the best ingredients for anti-aging and why you need to add them into your routine:
- Hyaluronic acid - produced naturally by the body, hyaluronic acid is essential for hydration (skin gets drier as we age as collagen and natural hyaluronic acid product reduces) as it actually sucks moisture from the air and holds it in your skin. This ingredient helps your skin to appear plump, firm, hydrated and adds glow - basically, adding the appearance of youth back into your skin. Hyaluronic acid, in gel form, is also one of the main ingredients in popular dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, but more on those later!
- Retinoids - derived from vitamin A, retinoids are also great for neutralizing free radicals that can cause damage and signs of aging on your skin. As an added extra, it also promotes new collagen production. Using retinoids has benefits for skin texture and tone, hydration and pigmentation. You can get retinoids over the counter, or more powerful versions on prescription. More mature (or drier) skin will probably react better to a nourishing cream-based retinoid.
- Glycolic acid - derived from fruits, this acid stimulates collagen production (helping with fine lines, wrinkles and skin tone) and penetrates the skin most easily. It’s a great ‘starter acid’ if you haven’t used one previously.
Effective anti-aging skincare products
Now that we’ve talked about ingredients, let’s move on to the most effective skincare products for anti-aging. We’re not going to make specific recommendations, as everyone’s skin is different, but we can run through some products you should be adding into your routine to help with signs of aging:
- Exfoliants - as we get older, the skin’s natural exfoliation process slows down. This can leave a build up of dead cells on the skin’s surface and make the skin look dull. Regular, gentle exfoliation can help with this and reveal renewed, fresh skin underneath. You can use either a physical exfoliator (i.e. one that scrubs the dead cells away with rough particles) or a chemical one (this method usings gentle chemicals to dissolve the dead skin cells). The latter is gentler on your skin.
- Moisturizer - your skin gets drier and thinner as you age, so using moisturizer is key for adding hydration and glow back into your skin.
- Anti-aging serum - serums are filled with powerful, penetrating ingredients that deal with fine lines, wrinkles, dehydration, tone, texture and dark spots. They’re an essential product for aging skin.
- Eye cream - the skin around your eyes is more fragile, prone to dryness and shows signs of aging and tiredness more quickly. An eye cream can help to combat this and minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
- Face masks - used once a week, a nourishing mask can work wonders on your skin to help minimize the appearance of fine lines.The right face mask for your skin type can boost hydration, reduce the appearance of pores and help with relaxation and wellbeing.
It’s important to remember a few things when it comes to products too. First of all, consistency is key. You may not see results straight away, but persevere and you might be surprised at the difference in your skin. You should also ensure that you’re using products as directed.
Using products that contain a good quality SPF is a big yes from us. Not only does it help to protect your skin from signs of aging, it can help with the health of your skin too.
Stress reduction, relaxation and a healthy diet (including lots of water for your skin’s hydration and health) are also all essential for your skin. Sometimes the way we feel and our lifestyle show on our face.
What about skin treatments?
There are lots of treatments out there for your skin. These range from the non-invasive (like facials and massage) right through to invasive treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers, PDO threads and more.
All of these treatments can have anti-aging benefits, but it’s important to speak to a professional (check their qualifications) to find out which options are right for you and your skin or anti-aging concerns.
Your at-home skincare routine
If you’d rather treat your skin at home, then we can help. We provide customized skincare recommendations for your unique skin persona (don’t worry, we can help you figure that out too), the right tools and the most effective products. You’ll get the spa treatment at home, and the results to go with it.
Find out more about your personalized spa skincare routine from The Spa Curator.