Anti-ageing products can be so enticing! The minute you see those claims that this miracle cream will roll back the years you want to believe it, all that the hype and those amazing results.
Some of the claims that product manufacturers make are quite frankly ludicrous and for legal reasons I can’t mention which ones they are here!! It is something I will be tackling more in my weekly newsletter if you subscribe. My advice is to look at any results that anti-ageing products quote carefully and in particular the small print that reveals how big the sample was. This can often be less than 100! Improvement may occur with any new product as it can plump up the skin initially but will it continue to work long term for you?
There are certain key products which are scientifically proven to achieve results. You should ensure your anti-ageing product contains one or more of these if you want it to be effective and not waste your money.
AHA’s such as Glycolic Acid Peel or BHA’s such as Salicylic Acid.
They exfoliate the skin, reducing fine lines, age spots, acne scars, and uneven skin colour. You can get peels with high concentrations of AHAs from a beauty specialist or dermatologist, but you can find lower concentrations, say between 5% and 10%, in creams or lotions on a daily basis. Start with a low concentration and apply every other day to avoid irritating your skin. Over time, you can gradually start to use it more often, working up to every day. Even at lower doses, these acids may irritate and dry skin, and make it more sensitive to the sun. Doctors recommend using moisturiser and sunscreen when you use any products that have AHAs or BHA’s.
Made from vitamin A, retinol is added to creams that go on your skin. It boosts the amount of collagen your body makes and plumps out skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It also improves skin tone and colour and reduces mottled patches. Many dermatologists prescribe retinol’s stronger counterpart, tretinoin, or similar products, to slow skin ageing, improve irregular colouring, and clear up acne. Over-the-counter products that have retinols may be weaker, but they can still improve how your skin looks. Often they will include an ingredient called Retinyl palmitate, a slightly weaker version of Retinol. Try and find out how much is actually in the cream to make it effective as listed ingredients may be in tiny amounts. Using a retinol-based product may make the top layer of your skin dry and flaky. It’s best to apply it at night and wear moisturizer and sunscreen the next morning.
Your body makes Hyaluronic acid naturally, keeping tissues cushioned and lubricated. It’s found in skin, joint fluid, and connective tissues. Age, smoking, and an unhealthy diet can cause you to make less of it over time. Products that have hyaluronic acid may help smooth out the skin as it has the ability to replenish moisture. At the same time, it revitalises the skin’s outer layers so they look and feel softer, smoother and instantly hydrated to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They work especially well when you use them with vitamin C products.
Peptides are fragments of proteins. Proteins are the fundamental building blocks of skin. Without peptides, skin doesn’t remain intact and the results are loss of firmness, appearance of wrinkles, texture changes, and skin that doesn’t bounce back as it once did. What’s so fascinating about peptides in skin products is that abundant research has clearly shown they can help revitalize those building blocks and, in turn, help revitalise skin.
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3, which research has proven can reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, wrinkles, and dry skin. It’s particularly useful on skin that was once or still is oily where enlarged pores may exist. It is also wonderful at dealing with hyper pigmentation and hence popular as a treatment in particular for Asian skins.
If you are unsure about any ingredient try this handy guide this handy guide I have found from international skincare expert Paula Begoun.
You can check any ingredient and ensure whether it is worth investing in that anti-ageing miracle product.
By looking out for these key ingredients you will see results and save yourself some money and some disappointment along the way.