I’m obsessed with skincare because I want to have baby skin for the rest of my life. Well, as long as I can. Basically the goal is to never look my age and I refuse to look like a vintage leather bag. (You know the look I’m talking about).
The older we get, we are envious of the young ones with perfect skin, however it’s nothing to do with them. It’s a mere case of biology and physiology. There are just certain things in our bodies and skin that decrease over time, and then “aging” begins. Between the ages of 25 and 30 is when the degradation process begins, so your previous beauty routines and products just aren’t going to suit you anymore.
It’s inevitable that you’re going to need a boost to your skin as you age. Here are 7 key ingredients you need in your skincare products after the age of 30!
Collagen is a protein present in all the body’s organs and tissues. It’s main function is to sustain tendons, skin and cartilage. It provides firmness and elasticity to their structures. Maximizing collagen will keep your skin supple. Collagen production begins to reduce around age 25.
Hyaluronic acid is a lubricating, clear substance that’s produced by the body naturally. It’s found in the skin, inside joints, within the eye sockets and in other tissues where tit helps retain collagen, increase moisture, and provide elasticity and flexibility. You will find many serums and creams containing this hydrating agent that holds 1000 x’s its weight in water. Some doctors can administer it through a shot, or you can find it naturally in bone broth. This extreme hydration is great for plumping the skin and addressing fine lines and wrinkles.
Glycolic acid is the holy grail for exfoliation, effectively removing the outermost layer of dead cells from he complexion revealing brighter, fresher skin. It is often used to treat scarring, skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation and signs of aging like fin lines and wrinkles. Glycolic acid can be found in a number of cleansers, and even over the counter peel pads for an immediate boost and glow to the skin. Be mindful, when using glycolic acid you need to be sure that you’re wearing a sunscreen during the day.
Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A which is one of the body’s key nutrients to boost cell turnover. It has the power to help accelerate skin renewal and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and age spots for firmer, smoother and more evenly-toned skin. Retinol also functions like an antioxidant to help address free radical damage, which leads to visible signs of aging. This highly reactive molecule breaks down and loses its potency as soon as it is exposed to sunlight or air. Keep jars tight, and bottles should be dark. You need to slow walk into this product and take baby steps using only at night. Too much too soon can be irritating to the skin. Be sure to wear an SPF every day.
Exfoliating is key to keeping your skin in the best shape. That’s why an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) or a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) are great ingredients to have in your products. While our skin naturally exfoliates dead cells every day, over time as a result of aging and sun exposure that shedding process slows down. You will notice dry, dull or flaky skin, clogged and/or enlarged pores, and bumps. Helping to gently exfoliate any build up helps reveal new skin as quick as over night. Examples of AHAs are glycolic and lactic acid, and examples of BHAs are hydroxy or salicylic acid.
Vitamin C is not only necessary for collagen production and maintenance, but it is also a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals in the skin. Some studies have shown that Vitamin C may help prevent and treat UV induced photodamage. Vitamin C helps lighten hyperpigmentation and brown spots. It also inhibits melanin production for evening skin tone and brightness. Highly reactive, keep in a cool dark place. Oxidation can occur and will break down the integrity of the product (why you will often see Vitamin C in dark glass bottles).
Your skin contains more Vitamin E than any other nutrient. It’s the first line of defense fighting to protect your skin from free radicals and pollution, all of which contribute to aging and fine lines and wrinkles. Aside from scavenging free radicals, vitamin E also absorbs UVB light—the nasty spectrum of sunlight that’s responsible for burning and aging skin. Research shows that vitamin E together with vitamin C may increase the amount of time it takes SPF-free skin to burn, so it has a protective effect. Vitamin E fights inflammation