Mid-thirties is the best and worst time of life. The best part of it is the seniority it brings in your professional and personal lives. This is the point in life when you start getting more respect and recognition in your workplace and society. The worst part of it is the signs of aging that take your skin by storm and make you feel older than you actually are.
It is rightly said by Betty Friedan that “Aging is not a lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength”. Running my beauty salon and nail spa Dubai, I have seen a lot of middle-aged women losing their confidence as the signs of aging start to appear. But all is not lost.
The good news is, you can slow down the aging process of your skin by incorporating some of these 10 anti-aging ingredients into your skin care regimen.
A form of Vitamin A, retinol is one of the few ingredients that can reverse the signs of aging. Especially when exposed to sunlight. It works best when applied before bedtime and followed up by a moisturizing regimen immediately upon waking up.
Matrixyl is a peptide that stimulates collagen production in the skin. Peptides are proteins found in many skin-care creams as one of the anti-aging ingredients. Applying peptides to the skin surface can trick the skin into producing more, effectively slowing down the aging process. Matrixyl is already proving useful in stem cell research and wound healing.
3. Anti Oxidants
One of the worst enemies of healthy collagen production is long wave ultraviolet. Antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, green tea, and ferulic acid, can fight free radicals, thus helping to keep the signs of aging at bay. It’s one of the best anti-aging ingredients you should look for in your sunscreen of choice.
4. Sodium Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid, found naturally in skin cells, is ultimate humectants. This is a very mild acid that is also a lotion ingredient, hyaluronic acid adds to your skin’s moisturizing qualities, and enhances the skin’s collagen production.
This component of vitamin B3 “has been shown to increase ceramide and free fatty acid levels in the skin, prevent skin from losing water content and stimulate microcirculation in the dermis. Ceramides are essentially the skin barrier molecules deficient in dry skin. It also has a growing reputation for being able to lighten skin discolourations and reduce acne.
6. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is necessary for the management of many conditions such as chemical damage to skin, hair loss, reducing muscle damage, increasing energy levels, and improving physical endurance. It also works in powerful synergy with vitamin C. Vitamin E on an ingredient label may be listed as tocopheryl acetate, tocopheryl linoleate, tocotrienols, alpha-tocopherol and tocopheryl succinate.
Niacin and Niacinamide are forms of Vitamin B3 and also a very good moisturizer. Niacin is available naturally in brown rice, tuna, turkey, chicken, lamb, salmon, peanuts, and beef. Vitamin B3 is used to treat dementia and peeling red skin. It helps with pigmentary conditions, evens the skin tone, and brightens the skin.
8. AHAs and BHAs
AHAs are best for sun damaged skin because they help bind moisture and improve healthy collagen production and smooth an uneven skin texture. AHA’s work by dissolving old and dead cells that builds up with time. They minimize discolouration, clear up pores, and slough off old skin to reveal a fresher, more youthful layer. BHA is best for breakout-prone skin while also being excellent for reducing redness.
Curcuminoids have potent anti-inflammatory properties, both internally and externally. It also works to suppress excess melanin production in the presence of sunlight and will help chronic inflammation, irritation and sun damage that causes the skin to look older and become less able to repair itself.
10. Glycolic acid
Glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) naturally found in sugar cane. AHAs make for the best exfoliators. The acids remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, smoothing the surface of the skin and improving radiance. Glycolic acid boasts the smallest molecules of any AHA and absorbs into the skin most effectively. Plus, it works well on sensitive and dry skin types. For optimal results, look for products that contain a 5% and 15% concentration.
Signs of aging wait for none. They just come by whether you like it or not, but these anti-aging ingredients can help you slow down the process so that you retain that sheer confidence at the point of life when you need it the most.
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Author Bio: Rami Jabali is an enthusiastic beautician and the founder of Rami Jabali Beauty Salon and Spa Dubai. He and his team of experts have served the beauty lovers from all over Dubai. You can approach his studio for best nail spa and other services and get his expert consultation.