Turn Back Time and Shine
We neither know how to turn back time like the Avengers in The End Game nor live on Earth when Avatar planet is discovered to be sent on a cryo to stop ageing, but we can fool both the digital and human eyes into thinking you are younger.
Our skin is the largest organ of the integumentary system and undergoes several changes, like losing elasticity and growing wrinkles. But isn’t there always a solution to every problem? Similarly, we can’t stop ageing but can certainly follow a few skin care routine for anti-ageing to improve the appearance of our skin.
How to Choose the Best Skin Care Product?
Every skin care product does contain chemicals. That makes choosing a skin care product more crucial as you will apply it directly on your skin. Also, skincare products are more than one size fits all. And with all the products lined perfectly on the shelves of markets, how can you choose the best one for your skin? No worries, we got your back.
Know Your Skin
Most skin care products are designed for specific skin types. Here are a few skin types:
Oily Skin: Skin that looks glossy. Look for products that contain alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid or salicylic acid), benzoyl peroxide, and hyaluronic acid. While salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide effectively control excessive sebum production, hyaluronic acid maintains hydration.
Dry Skin: Skin that is irritated, peeling, or uneven. Choose products that contain shea butter and lactic acid. These will provide hydration and exfoliation to keep dry skin radiant.
Sensitive Skin: Skin that is affected by everyday skin care products. Select products with ingredients like shea butter, oatmeal and aloe vera. These are good moisturisers and will not cause your skin to react.
Look at What the Ingredients Are
As a rule of thumb, always check for the first five ingredients. Ingredients are listed from the highest level of concentration to the lowest. If any ingredient among the five listed could cause irritation or is not recommended for your skin type, you must eliminate the product from your shopping list.
Do a Patch Test
A patch test is an intelligent practice in choosing the right product. This will help you determine if certain products or the ingredients used in the product will cause allergic reactions to your skin. Testing all the products on the shelf will take an ample amount of time, but it’s worth the task.
P.S.: It is always advisable to seek a suggestion from a professional or a dermatologist if you have any doubt about the appropriate product or if it is not working for you.
The Subtle Art of Not Ageing
Shh… But this is no secret. Add these tips to your everyday skincare routine to enhance your skin’s appearance.
Wash with a Cleanser
Daily cleansing is a must. Skin tends to lose moisture, nutrients and natural oils as we age, resulting in dry skin. A cream cleanser can add moisture back to the top layer of your skin for a fresh-faced look. But if you have visible ageing skin or wrinkles, it is best to use a nourishing cream cleanser as these are more delicate and prevents damage to the skin.
Use an Exfoliant
As we age, our skin becomes sluggish in replenishing itself. As a result, the dead cells on the top layer aren’t replaced by fresh cells. This makes your skin look dull, uneven or even cracked. Here is where the exfoliant gives you a helping hand to get dead cells off your skin.
There are two main categories: physical and chemical. Don’t choose hard tools like sugar scrubs for physical exfoliants, as they may cause sagging skin. Use a soft sponge with activated charcoal which can handle your delicate skin.
On the other hand, chemical exfoliants slowly cut the bond between skin cells and detach them. A couple of times a week, swap your cream cleanser with these gentle exfoliants to polish the dullness of your skin and make it look radiant.
Note: Monitor how your skin reacts and choose the frequency of swapping to make the most use of it.
Pat Your Facial Serum
Serums’ ingredients have a higher concentration of active elements than a moisturiser. Vitamin A and C derivatives are essential for anti-ageing facial serums, so check for them when you choose one. These ingredients increase collagen production and also anti oxidise the environmental oxidative stress.
Apply Moisturising Eye Cream
Eye creams are targeted moisturiser that hydrates the eye area and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Choose eye creams that contain hyaluronic acid and ceramides for hydration and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Applying eye cream daily can give you optimal results.
We have been repetitive, but it’s accurate that your skin fades due to reducing sebum. This is a piece of good news – fewer chances of acne, but the catch is your skin will dry out quickly. Due to dehydration, your skin will get fine lines. But it can’t be fixed with a good moisturiser that contains water-binding humectants like glycerine and hyaluronic acid.
Give Your Skin a Sun-proof
Sunscreen can prevent your skin from photoaging, the process of damage to the skin caused by exposure to UV rays that leads to wrinkling, loss of elasticity and signs of ageing. A daily application of sunscreen can reduce age spots and improve skin texture.
Tools to Use In Anti-Ageing Routine
A jade roller is a handheld massaging tool made of jade stone, a cool-to-the-touch gemstone that you can roll across your face back and forth. This will de-puff, firm and smooth the skin by increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage.
A microcurrent device is a small handheld electronic device that delivers low-level electrical currents to the skin. The electrical currents delivered by the device stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, two essential proteins that keep the skin firm and elastic.
Facial Cleaning Brush
Clean oil and makeup off your face thoroughly after washing your face using a facial cleaning brush.
Make Age Just a Number
A professional touch is anyways needed to improve your anti-ageing skincare routine. At Essensuals, we are dedicated to carting every skin in a warm and pleasant environment. Book an appointment now and start your skincare routine today.
The quest for eternal youth may be elusive, but we can make our skin look more youthful and radiant with the proper skincare routine and products. Knowing your skin type, checking the ingredients of the products you use, and doing a patch test are crucial in choosing the appropriate skincare product for you. Incorporating regular cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturising can enhance your skin’s appearance, as well as using sun protection to prevent photoaging. Remember to seek professional advice here at Essensuals. And don’t forget to smile – it’s the best moisturiser for you!
How do you make an anti-ageing skincare routine?
The anti-ageing skincare routine should start with cleansing your face with a cream cleanser followed by non-comedogenic moisturisers and sunscreen.
Is Vitamin C good for anti-ageing?
Antioxidants like Vitamin C neutralise free radicals that cause oxidative stress and premature skin ageing. It also produces collagen in skin cells, supporting skin structure and delaying signs of ageing.
Should I use retinol or vitamin C?
Vitamin C helps to brighten and improve hyperpigmentation, while retinol is typically considered best-in-class for wrinkles and fine lines.
Can I use vitamin C serum every day?
Vitamin C serum can be used once or twice a day. Start by cleansing, toning, applying vitamin C serum, and moisturising. Keep your hands clean when applying skin care products.
Which serum is best for anti-ageing?
Look out for serum that contains Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A. Retinol has been proven to increase cell turnover and make for a youthful appearance.