July 2023, South Africa – Ageing, as we know – is a natural process. While we don’t know how to stop the clock, we can help you fool the cameras and mirrors into thinking you’re a younger you. Wrinkle creams, eye serums, and other anti-ageing skin care products can help diminish the signs of ageing. To create a truly effective anti-ageing skin care plan, dermatologists urge you to start with your skincare early and adopt healthy skin care habits.
Kevin Khosa, Skin Expert at SKIN functional said: Your golden trio in pro-ageing is: anti-oxidants, peptides and sunscreen. These actives all have powerful benefits that slow down the ageing process whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s. In addition, adopting healthy skincare habits is your second step in achieving youthful skin for longer.
Antioxidants in skincare neutralise free radicals. Free radicals are mainly a by-product of our metabolism. Free radicals are highly reactive particles that damage our DNA, proteins and cell membranes. It has been thought for many decades that this accumulation of cellular damage by free radicals contributes to ageing.
Your anti-oxidant fighter: Vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient has been shown to improve the tone of the skin and its texture, moisturise the skin, increase collagen production and minimise ageing indications.
Peptides are amino acids that work to rebuild and repair damaged cells and signal skin to produce collagen, slowing the ageing process. More specifically, collagen is made of three polypeptide chains, so adding peptides can stimulate your skin to produce collagen. More collagen can lead to firmer, younger-looking skin, reducing those dreaded fine lines and wrinkles.
Your peptides fighter: Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide.
This is important as exposure to ultraviolet light, both UVA and UVB, accounts for 90% of the symptoms of premature ageing. Dermatologists agree that the daily use of sunscreen can prevent premature ageing of the skin.
Your Sunscreen fighter: broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30+.
“Your number rule in looking younger for longer is looking after yourself holistically. Adopt habits that aid your skin and body positively such as: doing your skincare in your 20s already. If you missed this, it’s never too late to start. Start using the correct actives for your skin, stay out of the sun, eat a healthy diet and be active. These all contribute to a healthy looking appearance and a youthful glow,” concluded Khosa.