The number one ingredient you should look for in anti-ageing products
Ageing is a huge concern for many of us and we’re not afraid to spend big to avoid the signs of it. The age-old question is, do anti-ageing products really work?
Anti-ageing products can be very effective if you’re using them properly and you know the one key ingredient you should be looking out for. Retinol has been a buzz word in the beauty industry for decades now. Recently, it also received some great publicity in BBC One’s ‘The Truth about Looking Good’ and there’s very good reason for it.
What is retinol?
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A. When applied to the skin, it’s absorbed, broken down and transformed into retinoic acid.
It’s hailed as an anti-ageing hero because of its superpowers when it comes to speeding up skin cell renewal and enhancing collagen production. Not only can retinol help to significantly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it’s also great for reducing the signs of sun damage and dark spots. The result is firmer, smoother and more evenly-toned skin.
The Dermalogica website has a great guide to retinol and how it works if you would like further information.
How should retinol be used?
Retinol is a potent ingredient and care should be taken when using it. Please do not rush out and buy the strongest retinol product you can find!
Using a product that’s too strong for your skin can cause dryness and irritation. Retinol can also increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. We always promote the importance of wearing an SPF but this is even more important if you’re using products which contain retinol.
Skincare products can have anything between 0.1% and 1% retinol so always check the label before use and seek advice if you’re new to this ingredient. The best way to introduce retinol into your skincare regime is to start with a low concentration and gradually build up your tolerance to it. If you experience any redness or peeling, lower the concentration.
How to get the most out of your anti-ageing products
Genetics does of course play a part in the ageing process – if your parents look great even as they get older, there’s a big chance you will too. Don’t take this for granted however and don’t worry if mum or dad got their first wrinkle at 21.
Lifestyle and environmental factors can make a huge difference to how young or old we are when we start developing wrinkles. As well as using creams containing retinol, here are some other great ways you can stay looking younger for longer.
- Be consistent with your routine – people with great skin are committed to their daily skincare ritual. Stick to it and you will notice results.
- Be realistic – even the best anti-ageing product can’t remove every single line on your face, they will become less visible however. When it comes to your skin, prevention is better than cure – don’t wait until you have wrinkles, anti-ageing products can be used at any age.
- Don’t counteract the benefits of your products by sitting in the sun unprotected – an SPF should be worn all year round. Apply a sun cream to your face every morning or look out for moisturisers or foundations which contain an SPF.
- Fine lines could be a sign that your skin is lacking water. This is something which becomes more common as we age but can affect us as early as our twenties. If your skin looks dull, tired, it has lost plumpness or there are visible fine lines, this could be due to a lack of moisture. Keep your skin looking healthier and younger by drinking plenty of water and fill your diet with antioxidant-rich good fats and water-dense fruits and vegetables.
- Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoke displaces the oxygen in your skin and reduces blood flow, leaving it dry and discoloured. It also depletes the skin of the vital nutrients which help to protect and repair skin damage.
- Get plenty of sleep. We develop nearly 30 times more skin when we’re asleep than when we’re awake. The more often you get a full night’s sleep, the greater your chances of achieving that youthful glow.
Cocoon Boutique offers a free face mapping and skin bar service which identifies any skincare issues you may have. This will also help to determine a regimen which is best suited to your needs. Contact us today to find out more.