Ageing is part of life taking its natural course. Signs of ageing start when you notice wrinkles and lines appearing, also known as rhytides which are folds in the skin. As you age, your skin loses its protein collagen and elasticity. This causes your skin to be less resistant to damage that can be caused by environment, dehydration or toxins making wrinkles more pronounced. Though wrinkles are a part of nature taking its course, there are steps you can take in slowing it down.
SPF Is Your Best Friend
You can drop all your skincare products and routine if you don’t protect yourself with SPF. Many won’t believe it when we say that this one product is the most versatile and effective anti aging formula. A new study in Dermatological Surgery shows that sunscreen can not only protect your skin but also reverse the common signs of photoaging, like wrinkles and pigmentation. With just a daily application of moisturizer with SPF 30 improves your skin in terms of skin texture, pigmentation and skin clarity.
Starting On Retinol
As one of the best anti-ageing ingredients out there, retinol also known as vitamin A works by reducing fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen and stimulating the production of new blood vessels in the skin. Consistent use is important when adding retinol to your routine as it takes three to six months of regular use to see improvement in wrinkles and fine lines. If you’re new to retinol, start introducing retinol into your skincare routine slowly by using retinol-enriched product or formulas with less than one percent retinol.
Anti Ageing Moisturizer
To start off your anti ageing routine, try replacing your moisturizer containing anti ageing ingredients. Look for moisturizers that contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and niacinamide. These ingredients work in combination to moisturize, exfoliate, plump and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Optimize Your Sleep
A known factor of wrinkles forming can be due to your sleeping position. It’s called ‘compression’ in which your face is pressed against the pillow in the same position every night. To prevent or slow down compression, try sleeping on your back. But if you find yourself tossing to your usual position at night, step up your pillow game by switching your pillowcase to a silk pillowcase. Silk pillowcases cause less frictions, helping to stop those deep wrinkles from forming.
Neck And Decolletage
Now that you’ve stepped up your anti ageing skincare routine, don’t forget the small but important step. Bring it all down! We mean your neck and decolletage area, many of us focus on the face that we forget that these two areas can be more prominent if not taken care of. Try adding in products that focus on these areas that contain retinol or AHA, these ingredients help with resurface wrinkles and fade uneven skin tone while ingredients like hyaluronic acid improves texture and hydration.