It’s a topic that some of us don’t even want to think about: ageing. When you look in the mirror and begin to see crows feet around your eyes and the loosening of the skin on your jawline and neck, it really begins to come a reality. Beginning a anti-ageing skincare routine can be a bit daunting, especially when it comes to ingredients. What are the best anti-ageing creams for you? What you should be careful with? Our goal is to help you out with that.
You will likely find many anti-ageing products include retinol. Best used at night, retinol is a form of Vitamin A which breaks down in sunlight. Retinol helps plump the skin, over time helping to fill in wrinkles and is a top choice for women in their 40s to late 50s. However, extreme skin dryness and sun sensitivity are side effects of the product.
Hyaluronic acid has been known to assist the body in many different ways, including the skin and joints. It helps the cells of the skin hold 1000 times their own weight in water, making it a ‘must-have’ in recent anti-ageing moisturizers. The hyaluronic acid aides the skin in hydration, which can cause deep set lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin. It restores a cells natural balance and hydration, causing the skin to look much more smooth and wrinkle-free.
Interest in collagen has declined in recent years with retinol and hyaluronic acid making names for themselves, but it is still important to consider in your anti-ageing routine. Collagen, like hyaluronic acid, helps the skin maintain its hydration and forms a barrier on the outer layer of skin to protect against free radicals. Collagen molecules are too big to penetrate the skin, however, and it should be used more as a surface treatment than a deep working product.