The Best Anti-Ageing Skincare Ingredients and How to Use Them

One thing is certain, we will all age chronologically. Ageing as result of sun damage, however is totally optional. The ageing effects of sun exposure can be both reversed and minimised.

The good news is that ageing effects of sun exposure can be both reversed and minimised. Ageing effects on skin of chronological ageing can also be held at bay with smart choices of skincare. Ageing in New Zealand is accelerated due to higher than average exposure to harsher than average UV exposure. This results in both photo damage and uneven pigmentation.

Let us deal with pigmentation first. The blotchy effect of uneven pigmentation reduces skin clarity, causing a less than illuminated look on your skin. Pigmentation comes from UV exposure to the skin. UV energy landing on the skin’s surface triggers a DNA response to produce melanin [pigment] in the lower skin layers to form a protective barrier for the rest of the body.

The best way to avoid this is to stay out of the direct sun from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM. However, if that’s not possible, look for a sunblock that offers protection against UVA, UVB and UVC.

Most types of supermarket sunblock offer protection only against UVC–the harshest and cancer forming-type of UV exposure. Full-spectrum sunblock, however, provide protection against multiple forms of UV Energy, including those that generate photo damage.

Your next best weapon against pigmentation and anti-ageing is Vitamin C serum. Vitamin C is one of your most important beauty products. Vitamin C used regularly in moderate to high doses plays an active role in reversing photo damage in the skin and in protecting against future damage.

Furthermore, Vitamin C is a key contributor to the reduction of redness in the skin. It strengthens and supports single layer capillary walls, preventing diffused redness. Vitamin C also plays a key role in reversing fine lines and repairing existing photo damage. It is one of your must-have products to use in the morning for antioxidant protection and at night to repair photo damage.

Ideally, your serum should have more than one form of Vitamin C in it, so ask questions! Make sure that your serum is clear or no more than slightly coloured, as Vitamin C does denature over time (more quickly if kept in a warm location). A brown serum is denatured and thus ineffective.

Your next best friend for anti-ageing in skincare is Vitamin A. It is the cellular repair vitamin and is your other must-have skincare ingredient if ageing is your primary concern. Vitamin A contributes to anti-ageing to a far greater extent than your moisturiser does by creating a plumping of the middle layers of the upper skin layer.

Thus, it allows a greater retention of hydration and an increased glow. At the same time, it reduces the thickening of the uppermost layer of your epidermis, improving light reflection and suppleness of the skin. This double effect enhances the youthfulness of your skin, while the Vitamin C boosts the glow.

Use Vitamin A only at night. Do not be concerned if it is orange or slightly brown as this is a natural state of Vitamin A products. Wash your hands carefully after applying Vitamin A or you will find that your palms may be coloured orange and become slightly sensitive!

There are many tricks and skills for reducing photo-ageing and inexpensive ways of improving skin health and tone. You really do not have to look your age these days, the best idea is to come and see us for a personal and private consultation and go from there.