Top 5 Anti-Ageing Ingredients To Incorporate In Your Routine

‘Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been’ – Mark Twain. I love this quote. It makes me less weary of growing older each day and instead learn to enjoy the ups and downs that life brings along.

However, it is true that the world has progressed so fast in the last few decades and this has come with its fair share of negatives. One of which is the ridiculously polluted environment that we live in. To add to that our hectic lifestyle, prolonged hours in front of the computer screen and stress at work. All these factors really affect our skin negatively and lead to premature ageing.

Top 5 Anti-Ageing Ingredients To Incorporate In Your Routine

Through this article, I wanted to share a few ingredients that we should look out for while we purchase our skin care products and which will really help us in combating the damage that our skin undergoes on a day-to-day basis. I also want to banish the notion most of us have that we need to wait for a certain age to start using anti-ageing products. You can start using them as early as 18. It makes much more sense to prevent wrinkles rather than waiting for the first sign of ageing. It is probably too late by then.

1.  Retinol:  Let’s just begin with the boss. All of us must have heard of it at least once. The skin care industry loves it and it is definitely the most effective of all ingredients when it comes to anti-ageing as well as reversing ageing. Retinol and Retin-A are basically nothing but derivatives of Vitamin A. It helps in reducing fine lines, pigmentation and gives skin a nice smooth texture.

Now since this ingredient is so potent, it should really be used sparingly, especially when you are starting off with it. Lower concentrations are best to start with and it is even better if you consult your dermatologist before you start one. There are chances of irritation and dryness if one goes overboard with it. But if done right, it will work miracles in making your skin look plump and youthful. This ingredient is also extremely good for those who suffer from acne and in fact those suffering from acne would have probably used it in some form. Do not be scared of trying it out; just make sure you do some research before finding out a good product and how to use it. Also, it should be only used at night time.

2.  Antioxidants:  This term has been all over the place in recent times and everything we buy or put inside our bodies just seems to be revolving around this. Well it is simple, the environmental pollution, stress and dust produce free radicals in our body and cause a lot of damage to our skin cells which shows up in the form of premature wrinkles, spots and dullness. So what do anti-oxidants do? They help in combating the free-radicals and rescue the skin cells in distress.

Top 5 Anti-Ageing Ingredients To Incorporate In Your Routine

Some great anti-oxidants are Vitamin C, E and Green tea (contains EGCG). They prevent the collagen from being broken down and keep the skin looking fresh and plump. Try using serums or moisturizers with any of these and you will definitely not look back.

3.  AHA/BHAs:  Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids are ingredients which are easily found in products these days. Salicylic acid (BHA) and Glycolic Acid (AHA) are good examples. Now if you are acne prone, you might already be using these ingredients and loving them, but no one is stopping the rest of you who don’t suffer from breakouts to try them out.

They work as excellent exfoliants making room for new cell growth which is an essential step in your anti-ageing skin care routine. They help in improving the skin thickness, collagen production and hyper pigmentation over a time period of simply 6 months. Also anyone who does not like the feel of harsh physical exfoliants would greatly benefit from AHA/BHA based chemical exfoliants.

4.  Peptides:  Now apart from retinols if there is another ingredient as hyped and well-loved by the skin care industry it has to be peptides. Peptides are basically proteins composed of amino acids which are the building blocks of protein (essentially collagen).  It is claimed that it can lift sagging skin, give a smooth texture and plump out our skin. It is also beneficial in getting rid of dark circles, fine lines and puffy eyes and hence it is often used in under eye creams. There are various kinds of peptides, but the best of them all are oligopeptides and polypeptides.

Top 5 Anti-Ageing Ingredients To Incorporate In Your Routine

5.  Sunscreen:  Oh yes! Sunscreen is crucial to anti-ageing and it is in fact the ultimate. It will protect your skin from the harsh UV rays of the sun which can wreak havoc in the form of pigmentation, fine lines and irreversible damage to our skin cells. Make sure that apart from using a sufficiently high SPF of at least 30 your sunscreen also provides broad spectrum UVA protection because these rays are responsible for ageing your skin.

Well, apart from maintaining a healthy skin care routine, one should also maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle and exercise regularly. Also, please sleep well, at least 7-8 hours as this really helps in replenishing our skin like nothing else. Hope you enjoyed reading the article and found it useful.

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