Finding the right anti-ageing product for you can be very difficult with so many choices on the market.
Health and Beauty editor Tracey Withers from Grazia magazine joined TODAY to discuss just what ingredients we should be looking for.
1. SPF = avoid sun damage
+ SPF 30 is one of the most important ingredients to help with anti-ageing.
+ Tracey says that no beauty editor she knows would stand under a 30-watt light bulb without an SPF 30 forcefield!
+ Anything you do for your skin will be undone by sun damage.
+ it's important to apply and reapply day creams for sun protection throughout the day.
+ It's easy to build into your routine with day cream and foundation.
2. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) creams and serums = hydration
+ The number one weapon for plumper, cushier more "springy" skin.
+ HA is a major moisturising ingredient that plumps skin up with water to help fill out lines and give skin back that full, dewy youthfulness.
+ HA is a natural substance within the skin - we're born with it.
+ Young skin is naturally soaking in it, but it natural levels drop off as we age.
+ You'll find it in facial moisturisers and masks, eye creams and lip balms and treatments.
+ HA is actually the major component of injectable fillers that dermatologists use to fill up lines but a lot of lab time and research has gone into making that HA molecule teensy enough to sink into the skin when applied as a serum or cream.
+ HA is deeply hydrating, some of the payoff is instant - you get that full, soft "boing" back within minutes of putting it on, then the longer-term re-plumping kicks in after applying it for a few weeks.
3. Antioxidant vitamins = protection
+ Antioxidants are a major line of defence against the key talltales of ageing - lines and lack of luminosity and patchy skin tone.
+ Of these antioxidants, Vitamins A, C and B3 are the big guns in a beauty editor's kit.
Vitamin A - You 'll also see it labelled as retinol in beauty in creams, lotions and serums. Consider it your skin rejuvenation vitamin - it cranks up collagen and elastin, which keeps skin resilient and firm and also speeds up cell turnover, the rate at which fresh new skin cells get from the under layers of the skin to the visible surface, to make complexion look smoother.
Vitamin C - The glow-getter Vitamin C is a power ingredient for lightening pigmentation, fading spots of sun damage and switching on a fresh and even luminosity.
Vitamin B3 (also labelled as niacinimide) is a wonder ingredient for strengthening skin. It keeps the surface barrier - which holds moisture in and locks environmental elements out so skin cells can repair themselves, rejuvenate and stay fresh and healthy.
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