Vitamins, peptides, AHAs, enzymes, retinol…Sound like the NRL banned substance list? If you find anti-ageing skin care confusing, you’re forgiven. But if you’re ready to tackle your wrinkles, try this simple dermatologist-designed starter plan.
It’s time to recruit some grown-up skin care to fight the signs of ageing – and you can do it by adding three simple steps into your regimen. “In terms of anti-ageing you need vitamin A, vitamin C and an acid in your cleanser,” says Dr Van Park, Sydney cosmetic physician. “They’re basic ingredients but if we’re talking solid evidence of what’s good for skin anti-ageing – they’re the big three.”
Build your routine to a daily face wash with some form of acids, vitamin C serum in the morning and vitamin A serum before bed. This newcomer anti-ageing plan is all about skin renewal and keeping your skin glowing, says Park.
The key ingredient: Acids
What do acids do? In general – they exfoliate. They’ll help unclog pores and even out your skin tone. Use any type of acids in the form of a face wash every morning, says Park. Salicylic, glycolic, lactic, citric – “It doesn’t matter – but for acne-prone skin choose salicylic.”
Try: Aspect Purastat 5 Cleanser – it’s a softening foam with a gentle exfoliating action from citric and sugar acids.
The key ingredient: Vitamin C
“Vitamin C is an antioxidant, but also stimulates collagen and plays a role in protecting skin from the sun,” says Park. Use it in the morning, under your sunscreen.
Try: Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C + Serum – it has a long-lasting derivative of vitamin C, 3-0-ethyl ascorbic acid, which penetrates well and helps banish dark spots.
The key ingredient: Vitamin A
At night, reverse skin damage with vitamin A (aka retinol or retinoic acid). “Retinol is the cheapest and best ingredient for anti-ageing,” says Park. Cheap = good, because your new regimen, while worth investing in, may set you back a bit. Tried it before and your skin didn’t like? You can get a retinoid reaction. It’s normal in the first couple of weeks. Push through it by building up gradually, says Park.
Try: Medik8 Retinol 10 TR Serum has one per cent of pure retinol. Phase it in gradually starting twice a week for the first two weeks, building to every other night for the next two weeks. Let it sink in before layering on your moisturiser.
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