Of course, we want anti-aging products that actually deliver! Christ, anything that means the Botox clinic can wait a while longer is worth a shot, right? The amount of anti-aging products around is enough to send the most well-informed peoples’ heads in a spin.
Well, lovely people, here are the key, proven ingredients and some amazing brands that provide optimal results.
1.B3 (Niacinamide) Try: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, £5, www.boots.com
Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) is all-important when it comes to maintaining that much sought-after youthful complexion – and yet it is regularly over-looked. Fantastic for locking in moisture and strengthening the skin’s barrier, the water-soluble vitamin even helps to diminish inflammation and thus, any redness too. Studies have shown this component to aid in smoothing out fine lines and significantly repair the skin. Additionally, niacinamide is a great warrior against the dreaded acne attack. I love The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%.
2.Astaxanthin. Try: DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All-in-One Gel, $49, www.dhcare.com
Seriously, is there nothing this antioxidant can’t do? Think of the crazy-good component as your secret weapon against environmental and UV damage. Sourced from freshwater algae, it is 6,000 times more effective than vitamin C. Japanese skincare brand, DHC’s Astaxanthin Collagen All-In-One Gel, $49 (www.dhcare.com) offers immediate absorption and is combined with collagen, vitamin E and sodium hyaluronate to further firm, smooth and nourish.
3.Vitamin C. Try: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, £114.95, www.facthefuture.com
Whilst astaxanthin has well and truly proven it can beat vitamin C in a Pepsi challenge when it comes to fighting a UV onslaught, it is still kind of vital if you want your collagen levels to be top notch. It is also great friends with vitamin E, greatly supporting its efficacy in fighting free radical damage. A great vitamin C serum is SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic.
4.Retinol (Of Course) Try: Esthederm’s Intensive Retinol Serum, £49, www.facethefuture.co.uk
Widely considered as everyone beauty obsessives’ Mecca, this is the go-to anti-aging component for most. Extensive studies prove its supreme worth in combatting the globally hated skin consequences that come with stocking up the years. Age, we hate you, but you will not defeat us!
When you use retinol, you can expect improved collagen production, prevent pigmentation, smooth the skin and minimize the appearance of pores. But (and it’s a big BUT), care should be taken as the ingredient does increase sun sensitivity. Therefore, it is better to apply at night and remember your SPF during the day. This is a product that has to be used consistently. Newbies to retinol should build up dosage gradually as reactions can occur. I am totally obsessed with Esthederm’s Retinol.
4.AHAs/BHAs And Peptides. Try: Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant, £29.75, www.paulaschoice.co.uk
Using an exfoliator is so important when it comes to cell renewal and staving off the aging process. AHA and BHAs means dead skin cells are removed, taking along with it, that unwanted dry and dull complexion. Silky softness? I think so!
We need to be fully armed when going up against the mighty age factor. This means skin-repairing and rejuvenating peptides (from amino acids) are a must. Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant, £29.75 (www.paulaschoice.co.uk) combines 4 AHAs, BHA (salicylic acid) together with an array of antioxidants and peptides that provide the ultimate result.
Scientifically proven to offer huge anti-aging abilities, SPFs are ESSENTIAL in maintaining that youthful complexion by fully protecting your skin. Look for an SPF that provides UVA and UVB protection and at least SPF30. Remember that you should apply this every day, no matter what the weather.
6.Vitamin E. Try Superdrug’s Vitamin E, £3.49, www.superdrug.com
Last but not least is vitamin E. The antioxidant is well-known for its protective and reparative properties. Recognised for its ability to fight free radical damage, healing the skin and reducing inflammation, this little gem works a treat. I adore Superdrug’s Vitamin E Radiance, £3.49, www.superdrug.com