You’ve been tempted – or have given in to the temptation – of buying an expensive bottle of serum that promises to halt skin aging. You applied it as directed, looking for signs of a 20-year-old you staring back in the mirror every morning. Instead, the serum only temporarily made your skin look fresher. Nothing else changed.
There is no way to stop skin aging. It is a natural process that must be accepted with grace. However, what is not acceptable is the marks that aging leaves on the skin right from the late 20s onwards. Previously radiant skin becomes dull and lifeless. Age spots, fine lines and acne begin to appear. The skin may also become oily and unable to remove dead skin cells. It is time to get a good skin treatment for your aging skin.
Be warned that no beauty product, however loud its claims of being a miracle in a bottle, can stop aging. It can only slow the process slightly, and reduce its visible signs on the skin. Also, what’s inside the cream, serum or lotion is important, because not every ingredient is effective in skin rejuvenation and repair. Before buying an anti-aging cream, check for:
Retinol: It is a form of pure Vitamin A. Its functionality lies in increasing skin cell growth and repair. As the skin ages, it loses its ability to remove dead cells and create new ones. With a retinol-based product, you will notice softer, clearer skin within days.
Antioxidants: These stop the march of free radicals from ruining your skin. You can look for creams that contain extracts of green tea to get your daily fix of antioxidants. Or you can ingest them via fresh fruit and vegetables, or have chamomile or blue tea daily.
Estrogen: Beauty creams containing traces of estrogen are useful in reducing enlarged pores, reducing the excess oil secretion of the skin and trapping essential moisture in the inner layers.
Peptides: These are amino acids that help a variety of skin healing functions, from renewing skin cells to sloughing off dead ones and from trapping moisture to plumping up dried skin tissues.
Good diet, regular exercise, sufficient sleep and adequate hydration are also necessary for good skin health. Missing out on any of these four factors can instantly show up on your face in the form of stressed, dull skin. Your skin often mirrors how you treat your body. Most importantly, identify your skin type and consult your dermatologist before using any new skin product. Your dermatologist can also recommend a good skin treatment to refresh your skin temporarily.