As the old adage goes, “Prevention is better than cure” and this saying rings true when it comes to skincare as well. It’s much easier to maintain the youth of your skin, rather than trying to fix concerns like pigmentation, wrinkles and dehydration when only when it surfaces. That’s why the use of anti-ageing creams is important.
What is skin ageing?
Skin is made up of a network of elastin and collagen, which supports skin elasticity. From the age of 20 onwards, skin produces about one percent less collagen in the skin each year. This means that skin weakens over time, and dents (or wrinkles) form over the areas that go through the most stress and motion, like the forehead, corner of the eyes and also the area around your mouth. Glycosaminoglycans or GAGs, which keeps skin hydrated, has also diminished functions over time which means skin is more likely to be dehydrated, experiencing why aged skin often looks dry and crepey. With hormonal changes, especially after pregnancy, pigmentation problems like melasma can also be a concern. Constant sun exposure without any UV protection can also lead to undesired pigmentation.
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When should you start your anti-ageing skincare?
While some recommend starting in your 20s, when you start building on an anti-ageing skincare largely depends on your lifestyle and also genetics. Those who find themselves doing a lot of outdoor sports, with constant exposure to the elements would probably have to start sooner. The same goes with people who smoke, as they tend to subject skin to dehydration and free radical damage more than non-smokers.
Conversely, if you have been religious with sunscreen, adopt healthy eating habits and exercise, then the likelihood of having good skin well into your 30s is not a far-fetched possibility. The general consensus that skin starts showing signs of ageing in the mid-20s, so it’s definitely prudent to start your anti-ageing skincare routine in your early 20s.
What anti-ageing products should you start with?
The easiest way to start an anti-ageing skincare routine is with a moisturiser. Anti-ageing creams contain hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid which are naturally found in skin. They help draw and retain moisture, so skin is hydrated and plump. Other ingredients like retinol and glycolic acid can help stimulate collagen production.
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Here are our picks for the best anti-ageing creams:
Like all of SK-II‘s products, the R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Airy Milky Lotion also contains PITERATM, the brand’s propriety ingredient which supports skin’s natural renewal cycle of 28 days. With a healthy and consistent renewal cycle, you will soon notice that your skin is able to shed dull surface skin and improved skin barrier functions to protect it against pollutants and free radicals.
The R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Airy Milky Lotion has a lightweight texture which doesn’t feel greasy, but that doesn’t mean it scrimps on hydration – it has a high molecular polymer structure, which in layman terms, form a hydration veil over the skin. It also contains chlorella extract, a potent antioxidant which protects skin against an onslaught of daily aggressors that leads to premature skin ageing.
To take advantage of the full potential of PITERATM, we recommend you to use it with SK-II’s signature Facial Treatment Essence to infuse skin with hydration and help skin absorb the active ingredients from the products which follow in your skincare regimen.
Find out more about the SK-II R.N.A Power Radical New Age Airy Milky Lotion here.
Suitable for use at night, the Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream from Fresh neutralises damage to the skin sustained during the day. It contains antioxidants to protect skin from free radical damage, while peach leaf extract helps to refresh skin while you sleep.
The Crema Nera Supreme Reviving Light Cream contains an ingredient famed for it’s resurrection abilities. Just a few drops on the Reviscentalis after years of dehydration can revive this plant, making it an ideal ingredient to help parched skin retain moisture, and to give skin a new lease of life.
Containing hyaluronic acids of both high and low molecular weight, the Orchidée Impériale The Light Cream is able to penetrate different levels of skin to inbue it with hydration. Cell Respiration technology helps boost oxygen levels to skin cells, optimising cell regeneration so that skin appears youthful and firm.
This daily moisturiser is formulated with antioxidants to protect skin against free radical damage which ages skin. SPF 30 also helps skin defend against UV rays, preventing the formation of pigmentation and dehydration.
The Renergie Multi-Lift Redefining Lifting Cream takes a three-prong approach to anti ageing – improving skin elasticity, enhance collagen production and regulate melanin production. Skin appears firmer, lifted and more even in tone with use.
This anti-ageing cream employs unique technologies to target wrinkles. ReNeura Technology+ improves skin’s receptivity towards active ingredients over time, while KOMBU-Bounce Complex, a combination of green, brown, and red algae, deters the formation of wrinkles.
A lightweight variant of the Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX, this version absorbs quickly to leave skin hydrated and nourished. Ginseng extracts from the root and flower, improve skin’s vitality and strengthen skin.
The key to the Secret range from su:m37 is the a cocktail of Cytosis (the brand’s signature ingredient derived from the natural fermentation process), ferulic acid and Ferm Balance (a probiotic ingredient). Combined, they help improve skin’s resilience and ability to hold moisture, all enhancing its radiance, texture, tone, and elasticity.
This lightweight cream gently exfoliates skin with papaya enzymes, while alpha-arbutin brightens dark spots to help skin appear radiant and more even in tone. Hyaluronic acid plumps and hydrates, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Targeting the production of fibroblast and collagen, the Extra-Firming Day Cream helps skin retain its elasticity and firmness. Kangeroo flower extract helps with skin regeneration and protected against environmental aggressors.
Using Morpho Technology + Custom Repair formula, this cream helps to firm and tighten skin that experiences sagging. Sweet Almond Seed Extract, Soybean Seed Extract and Whey Protein help to improve collagen production, while improving the appearance of wrinkles.
The Capture Totale C.E.L.L. ENERGY Firming & Wrinkle-Correcting Crème utilises bio-cellular technology which taps on the regenerative power of botanicals to improve the vitality of cells. Skin health is improved, and fends off damage from environmental stressors easily.
Combining 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, a stabilised form of vitamin C, along with Collagen Amino Acids and Camellia Japonica (Tsubaki), Rice Bran, and Sunflower Seed oils, this cream helps to stimulate collagen production for improved skin density, as well as hydrate skin.
Formulated to work in sync with the body’s natural healing cycle at night, the Advanced Time Zone Night Age Reversing Line Wrinkle Crème contains a proprietary complex to improve skin’s production of hyaluronic acid in order to plump skin. Amino acid complex also helps to support skin’s replenishment of collagen to smooth out the appearance of wrinkles.
This rich moisturiser is ideal for those who have dry and irritated skin. In fact, it’s also good to pack this along to countries with colder climates, as it forms a protective moisture barrier that hydrates, and prevents moisture loss. Euphrasia extract and arnica help to reduce puffiness, while calendula calms skin sensitivity and reduces inflammation.
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