A Recipe for Youthful Skin
Good skincare, that is suitable to my skin type, has always been a focal point of my daily beauty routine; there is no point in wearing make-up if you don’t look after the skin that is underneath it. In the last year or so I have began looking into skincare and ingredients that have anti-ageing benefits, although I feel ‘anti-ageing’ is a misleading term for any skincare or product because ageing is a natural part of being human and there is nothing that can actually prevent it from happening; however, there are ingredients and products that can decrease and slow the signs of ageing.
There is a major misconception that anti-ageing ingredients and products are reserved for those 40 and over, but in actually fact the skin stops producing collagen in the mid twenties; and so, even though the effects of collagen production tend not to become noticeable until the mid thirties or even later, ‘anti-ageing’ skin routines should begin in the twenties. This is a roundabout way of saying that you need to treat your skin with care when you are young so that it stays youthful for longer.
With that in mind I have put together a ‘recipe’ of sorts for youthful skin; a list of ingredients to look out for in your skincare products that will feed your skin and keep it healthy.
The most important and effect ingredient that you can put on your skin to prevent premature signs of ageing is an SPF. Sun protection is essential to prevent permanent damage to the skin cells; every time your skin is over exposed to the sun the cells are damaged and altered, all this damage, especially if it is continuous, speeds up the break down of the collagen in the skin resulting in wrinkles, sun spots and dryness over time. Using face creams and skin products with an SPF insures that the skin is protected from these harmful rays and is the best way to slow the signs of ageing. There is no particular age that you should start wearing a daily SPF, it is something that everyone should do all the time even if it is as simple as using a moisturiser with a low SPF in it, it doesn’t have to be sun block or sun cream. Don’t forget, that even if you don’t live in a hot sunny place, like London for example, your skin is still exposed to the rays of the sun everyday.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant, which helps protect the fatty components of cells from free radical damage; this means that it protects the skin cells from damage caused by the toxins we expose our skin to everyday such as pollution, cigarette smoke and sun; over exposure to such chemicals causes premature ageing. As an ingredient in moisturisers and creams Vitamin E helps to form a protective barrier for the skin against toxins, it helps nourish the skin and can also help prevent stretch marks.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
This B vitamin should be an essential ingredient in your skincare routine; Niacin has rejuvenating properties and has been proven to repair the damage done to the skin by exposure to the sun. Niacin is also an anti-inflammatory, and helps repair and renew skin cells. Because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties, Niacin is not only good for helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but can also help with other skin problems such as acne.
We all know that we need to get our daily dose of vitamin C to keep our immune system in working order, however what most people don’t know is that vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen in the skin, and in combination with vitamin E can repair previous sun damage to the skin, slowing the effects of ageing. Vitamin C (or ascorbic acid) is also known to prevent skin damage by inhibiting the production of melanin in the skin even before it can be activated by UV exposure; not great if your aiming to get a tan, but this is the kind of ingredient that you want to find in your moisturisers and creams if you really want to prevent and protect your skin from the effects of ageing. The combination of vitamin E and C is the perfect skin cocktail, as they work together to protect the skin cells from free radicals and oxidative stress.
It’s said that Cleopatra used aloe vera as a skin rejuvenate; aloe vera is rich in skin loving minerals and amino acids. It is a natural anti-inflammatory, and provides soothing relief for sun damaged skin. Aloe vera is also excellent to reduce the signs of dark circles under the eyes, cooling and soothing the skin.
Products featured: Clinique Sun Ready Set | Olay Complete Daily Moisturising Cream for Sensitive Skin | Trésore Rare Pearl Peeling Gel and Complete Age Defying Eye Cream.