IMPORTANCE OF USING ANTI – AGING PRODUCTS

It is true they say blacks don’t crack but darlings aging is a part of life and no matter how hard we try, we can never really control getting older.

If you agree with me nobody wants to get old, I want to be in my 50s and still look like I am in my 30s. While reversing aging can be impossible, we can do a lot to slow it down by changing our lifestyle, diet and skincare routine. Today we will focus on skincare- using anti-aging products.

To slow down the aging process, anti-aging products should be your best friend. A while back, I carried out a little research, to get people’s  view on anti-aging products. After the research I observed that about 10% of them were ignorant, they didn’t know about anti-aging and about 30% did not see the need to use anti-aging products. In their words, “nothing can stop aging”. Let’s not be deceived, even if aging is a part of life and a process we have no control over, we can still slow it down.

Anti-aging product helps to address signs of aging, including:

Loss of skin firmness

Reduced skin elasticity

Increased skin dryness

Pigmentation (e.g. Age spots and uneven skin color)

Loss of radiance

Fine lines and wrinkles

Translucency, which shows more veins

Most of these skin issues are as a result of the breakdown of cellular and extracellular components, or a reduction in the rate of key metabolic processes over time.  Therefore, there is a need to intervene in these processes to stimulate collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production.

At what age should I start using Anti-aging products

This is an issue for so many people; they don’t know when to start using anti-aging products. If you’ve often wondered about this, I am glad to give you my opinion. For me, the best time to start using an anti-aging product is NOW!  Mind you if you are a teenager this does not really apply to you. For the rest of us, you can start using anti-aging products from your 20s because such preventative routine will go a long way in maintaining good skin cells through your 30s, 40s and beyond. If you are well past your 20s Start now!!! Better late than never.  With that said,knowing the right anti-aging product to use is key.

What Anti-Aging ingredient is right for you

when it comes to anti-aging, the most important thing to know is what anti-aging ingredient you should look out for. Here are key Anti-aging ingredients to look out for when getting your products:

Sunscreen with SPF 30 or Higher

Sunscreen again! If you know me well, you will know I am an advocate for using sunscreen because it has been a game changer in my skincare routine. Sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher should be the core of any skincare routine. My favorite is one with zinc.

Retinol – Vitamin A

vitamin A promotes healthy cell regeneration, dampens the formation of acne, and can prevent pigmentation, as well. The best time to start using retinoids is in your 30s because this is when your collagen and elastin might start to reduce.  Note that Vit A can be can be listed as retinol, retinoic acid and some can be gotten in your local pharmacy over the counter.

     

Anti-Oxidants – Vitamin C

Vitamin C is crucial for anti-aging! it is becoming one of my favorites in the pursuit of slowing down the aging process. It helps to create collagen thereby reducing scars, lines, and wrinkles. Vitamin C being an antioxidant helps to protect the skin against free radicals that cause damage to our cells.  Look for a serum formulated with 15% to 20% vitamin C.  NOTE : Vitamin C can be used from your early 20s and especially in your 30s.

 

Niacinamide- Vitamin B3

Niacinamide is a vitamin B3 that helps with pigmentation It will even your skin tone, brighten and deeply moisturize your skin. Niacinamide also boosts collagen production. More moisture equals plump skin and less-noticeable fine lines and wrinkles.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) like Glycolic acid and lactic acid helps to gently exfoliate the skin to reveal a smoother and brighter appearance. AHAs are used in the treatment of acne, scarring, pigmentation, dryness, and wrinkles. In fact, it is one of the most popular ingredients used to reverse the leading cause of skin aging today: sun damage. It also helps to boost collagen and help a lot with adult acne. You can use toners and serums with AHA very well in your 20s and 30s.

      

Lipids

As you reach your 50s and 60s, your skin starts feeling drier than when you were younger because your sebaceous glands produce less oil. This dryness reveals wrinkles and fine lines making you feel uncomfortable. If you fall into this category Reinfuse your skin with lipids (try creams with ceramides and fatty acids) fatty acid helps with the production of ceramides.

              

Hyaluronic Acids

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a carbohydrate molecule that occurs naturally in our bodies and it has the ability to retain water. When HA is used in skin care products, it prevents the loss of moisture, delivers lasting moisture to the skin and restores moisture to the skin to help give your skin a youthful rejuvenation (firms, tones, plumps). This is useful for females in their 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond.

              

Best time to use Anti-Aging

The best time to use Anti-aging product is at night. When we sleep, our skin experiences an increased circulation this helps to bring nutrients to the skin and the metabolic rate of the skin quickens when we sleep, hastening the production of proteins while reducing their destruction. These proteins are the building blocks of new skin cell. you can see the best time to use any beauty product is at night when repairs and regrowth are taking place. so why don’t we make use of this opportunity.

Bonus tip

The regular use of a good moisturizer can be very advantageous on the visible signs of aging.

When next you go shopping for your cosmetics, be sure to look out for an anti-aging product.

 

Leave a comment let us know what anti-aging product you use and how well it works for you.

Until next time lovelies….XXX