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We’re all becoming savvier and savvier with our skincare, especially as new products come out of the woodwork practically every day. Thanks to the digital world, we can easily self-educate and find out which ingredients are going to help us achieve our ‘dream skin’.
More than often, we’re on the hunt for those ingredients that will slow down the ageing process, smoothing away lines and wrinkles, leaving us looking radiant.
Although there are a few go-tos that skincare specialists rave about, there’s also a whole host of hidden ingredients that have stellar anti-ageing benefits. We’ve rounded up the lesser-known ingredients you should be adding to your skincare routine, stat, to ensure a smooth, line-free complexion.
When it comes to anti-ageing skincare heroes, Retinol (Vitamin A), Hydroxy Acids (either AHAs or BHAs) and Vitamin C are absolute. These ingredients have earned the gold standard for their age-defying properties, and for good reason. They’ve been proven to boost skin cell turnover, retexturise the complexion and even out tone along with protecting against age-accelerating environmental damage.
These anti-ageing all stars have stood the test of time, but with incredible advances in skincare, there are now youth-preserving ingredients that perform even more effectively, tackling other areas of concern.
It’s time to expand your horizons and get up to speed on the latest, greatest anti-ageing ingredients every skincare devotee should know about. As one of the world’s original cosmeceutical skincare brands, Dermalogica‘s arsenal of cutting-edge ingredients includes the new and novel. Here’s a selection from this coveted brand that will supercharge your anti-ageing routine.
An alternative to potentially-sensitising Hydroxy Acids, Prickly Pear Extract boosts the skin’s natural exfoliation process, which slows down as we age. The result is a more refined, smoother and brighter complexion without the risk of sensitivity. This ingredient is found in the Dermalogica MultiVitamin Thermafoliant and the Dermalogica Power Rich Repair moisturiser, both a part of the AGEsmart system.
This next-generation active takes on glycation, which is one of the main causes of premature skin ageing. Glycation is an inevitable reaction that happens in the body when sugar meets a protein. In the context of our skin, glycation affects our collagen wherein sugar has a directly toxic effect.
Think of a pure wool jumper going on a hot wash — it becomes stiff and inflexible. That’s exactly what happens to our collagen when it has spent some time alongside sugars. Stiffened collagen equates to lines and wrinkles becoming deeper and more prominent.
The good news is that the Arginine / Lysine Polypeptide acts as a sugar trap. It disguises itself as a collagen to lure sugar away from our real collagen, effectively preserving one of the skin’s most important natural properties. How amazing is that?
This unique ingredient is found in the Dermalogica Antioxidant HydraMist, Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50, Super Rich Repair, SkinPerfect Primer SPF30 and the Age Renewal Lip Complex.
Officially known as Corallina Officinalis, Red Seaweed has phenomenal skin-firming properties. It has a tightening effect on the skin cells in the deeper layers of the skin, which reduces the appearance of fine lines. It’s found in the AGEsmart Multivitamin Power Firm Eye Treatment.
This Australian native superfood has secret radiance-boosting properties. It features a potent form of Vitamin C, making it incredible at skin brightening. Plus, it protects against free radical damage, the number one cause of premature ageing and dullness. It’s found in the new Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon, a transformative night gel-cream.
One of the most potent antioxidants and age-preventative ingredients around, White Tea helps to preserve our natural collagen, elastin and Hyaluronic Acid — AKA, the building blocks to youthful skin. What’s more, it’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory, and therefore can protect against a phenomenon called ‘inflammaging’.
This comes about from prolonged inflammation in the skin, which can result in premature ageing symptoms. Pollution, UV exposure and skin sensitisation can all cause inflammaging.
Combine your White Tea skincare with the hot beverage of the same name to encourage age protection both inside and out! This ingredient is found throughout the Dermalogica AGEsmart system.
Now, Vitamin C isn’t new — most of us are aware of its protective, brightening and firming benefits. What is new, however, is the way it’s formulated. To harness the power of Vitamin C, it must penetrate deeply into the skin, yet many formulas contain unstable forms of this ingredient that lose their potency before they even touch the skin.
Thanks to the masterminds over at Dermalogica, though, we now have a highly stabilised Vitamin C complex that has been formulated to pinpoint where the skin needs it most. You’ll find this superior form of Vitamin C in the new Dermalogica BioLumin-C Serum.
So, there’s your rundown of the latest and greatest anti-ageing ingredients you should be acquainting yourself with. Remember, if you’re investing in advanced skincare to keep wrinkles at bay, you should also have a sunscreen in your daily routine — this is, without a doubt, the most important and effective defence against premature skin ageing!
Go forth and try all these skincare superstars and start the journey towards smoother, softer and more youthful skin!
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I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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