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Anti-age­ing Skin­care De­coded Choos­ing the right anti-age­ing skin­care prod­uct is tricky. Brush up on the key ac­tive in­gre­di­ents and tech­nolo­gies fre­quently found in anti-age­ing skin­care prod­ucts. Armed with this knowl­edge, you’ll be ready to find a prod­uct that suit your skin’s ev­ery need.

Hy­dra­tion Hero

Hyaluronic acid is a cham­pion an­ti­age­ing skin­care in­gre­di­ent that’s renowned for its abil­ity to re­tain wa­ter. When ap­plied top­i­cally, this equates to hy­drated skin and a re­duc­tion in the ap­pear­ance of lines and wrin­kles. As we age, our bod­ies abil­ity to re­tain wa­ter de­clines, which is where hyaluronic acid-in­fused skin­care prod­ucts step in. Pa­tented for­mu­la­tions of sta­bilised hyaluronic acid such as NASHA tech­nol­ogy im­prove hy­dra­tion lev­els of the skin for days longer than nat­u­rally pro­duced hyaluronic acid. The unique crys­tal-shaped NASHA gel par­ti­cles are sim­i­lar to nat­u­rally pro­duced hyaluronic acid, how­ever they have a slightly mod­i­fied struc­ture which al­lows for longer last­ing skin hy­dra­tion. Ul­ti­mately bet­ter hy­dra­tion means more ra­di­ant look­ing skin and a re­duc­tion in the vis­i­bil­ity of lines.

Un­der­stand­ing Ab­sorp­tion

In or­der for ac­tive in­gre­di­ents in skin­care prod­ucts to be ef­fec­tive, they need to be eas­ily ab­sorbed. One such way a prod­uct can im­prove its de­liv­ery to the skin is through par­ti­cle size. For in­stance, Kem­sphere par­ti­cles are ten times smaller than the par­ti­cles found in most skin­care creams. Smaller par­ti­cles are able to form a mi­cro­film on the skin’s sur­face, which then al­lows for a con­trolled re­lease of ben­e­fi­cial skin­care in­gre­di­ents. The re­sult is in­creased pen­e­tra­tion of ac­tive in­gre­di­ents.

Bar­rier Pa­trol

Ef­fec­tive anti-age­ing prod­ucts pro­long the skin’s hy­dra­tion lev­els by im­prov­ing the skin’s bar­rier. Most stan­dard skin­care prod­ucts are only able to form a tem­po­rary film over the top layer of skin. This means the skin is un­able to breathe and once the prod­uct is washed off the skin is left de­hy­drated. On the other hand a skin­care prod­uct with more ad­vanced bar­rier con­trol tech­nol­ogy is less likely to de­hy­drate the com­plex­ion. One such tech­nol­ogy is the Skin Lipid Ma­trix (SLM), which works by cre­at­ing a base that mim­ics the skin in or­der to pro­mote healthy wa­ter loss.

An­tiox­i­dant War­riors

Free rad­i­cal dam­age is one of the ma­jor con­trib­u­tors to vis­i­ble signs of skin age­ing such as dis­coloura­tion, sag­ging and wrin­kles. an­tiox­i­dants are the only way to neu­tralise the ef­fect of these free rad­i­cals. That’s why an­tiox­i­dant laden in­gre­di­ents are of­ten in­cluded in anti-age­ing prod­ucts. Some of the com­monly in­cluded an­tiox­i­dant heavy­weights are Vi­ta­min E (also known as to­co­pheryl ac­etate) and co-en­zyme Q10.

Ceramide Wall

Ce­ramides oc­cur nat­u­rally in the lay­ers of the skin to lock in mois­ture and pro­vide pro­tec­tion from out­side ir­ri­tants. How­ever as we age, ceramide pro­duc­tion de­clines ef­fect­ing skin’s mois­ture lev­els and thus its sup­ple­ness. In or­der to bol­ster it, ce­ramides such as Ceramide 3 are of­ten added to anti-age­ing skin­care prod­ucts.

Skin Re­newal Spe­cial­ist

Skin loses its col­la­gen as we age, which can re­sult in sag­ging and wrin­kles. That’s why pep­tides such as Eye­seryl are a com­mon ad­di­tion to anti-age­ing skin­care prod­ucts be­cause of their abil­ity to en­cour­age the body to re­pair it­self by build­ing tis­sue and pro­duc­ing col­la­gen. The re­sult; firmer and smoother skin. Pep­tides are par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial in anti-age­ing eye creams be­cause this is an area of the face that’s prone to los­ing its nat­u­ral def­i­ni­tion.

Retinol Re­vival

Retinol – which is a vi­ta­min A de­riv­a­tive – is a pop­u­lar in­clu­sion in anti-age­ing skin­care prod­ucts due to its abil­ity to treat the vis­i­ble signs of pre­ma­ture ag­ing, such as fine lines and de­cline in skin tone qual­ity. The pres­ence of retinol in an anti-age­ing prod­uct pro­motes the nat­u­ral skin cell turnover process, which ex­poses new, firmer skin. What more could you want!

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