As there’s no one size fits all treatment to skin care, the same goes for under the knife procedures and while some women may swear by their regular injections, others will benefit just as well from home skin care products to help reduce the signs of premature ageing.
While ageing is of course inevitable, often just the years on our lives aren’t the main cause of blame for fine lines and wrinkles. Sun damage accounts for around 80% of visible deterioration, which means there are numerous ways to reduce or at least slow down the signs of skin ageing. And the best part? Unlike invasive surgeries and cosmetic procedures, you don’t need a lot of money to find products that work to defy (dare we say it), getting old.
The most obvious lifestyle change would of course be to avoid the sun, which might be much easier said than done. For those of us who enjoy a natural splash of vitamin D should be advocates for sunscreen. As the saying goes, one should never leave the house without it, even when it’s looking grey and gloomy outside. The best kinds are those that contain zinc oxide, which defend both UVB and UVA rays, the latter of which are known to be the ‘silent wrinkler’.
Furthermore, there are products that can be applied post sun exposure that help to stimulate cell regrowth in order for the skin to repair itself. Exfoliators containing alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) work to gradually dissolve dead skin cells to improve skin texture and tone, while retinoids slow the breakdown of collagen (making the skin firm) and curb the production of melanin to reduce the appearance of sunspots.
A vitamin C based product applied in the morning along with your mineral based sun block is another skin protectant that will shield you from pollution and any environmental aggressors that you are exposed to throughout the day.
It is important to note however, when using products containing vitamin A and C as well as AHAs, while they are all powerful ingredients, that doesn’t necessarily mean they should be used in conjunction with each other to achieve maximum results. A general rule of thumb is that vitamin C is used in the morning to protect your skin, while vitamin A is used in the evening to repair the skin. An AHA cleanser should only be used once or twice a week, followed by a gentle moisturiser to avoid irritation or redness.
For the stubborn, deep lines that may not seem irreversible, there are also instant and effective products that work to immediately tighten the skin, resulting in a visibly smoother appearance. Products that are rich in plant extracts and glycoside particles not only help to increase the metabolic activity in ageing skin, but also work to fill cellular gaps that would otherwise appear as wrinkles on the skins surface.
As well as topical products there is still one major factor that contributes to visible ageing and that is diet. We all know we should be drinking a minimum 8 glasses of water a day, but alcohol and processed foods can be accredited for dehydrating the skin and causing those underlying imperfections to appear more prominent.
A fresh diet of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants (particularly beta-carotene and vitamin E), provide a powerful combination to fight free radical damage caused directly by sunlight in the form of sunburn, photodermatoses and skin cancers. Beauty isn’t always skin deep, so ensuring you’re healthy on the inside will reflect what’s going on, on the outside.