Healthspan October 30, 2017

The internet can be a wonderful place, from booking holidays to indulging in retail therapy. However when it comes to skincare, it can often be a hotbed of confusing and conflicting advice.

Information overload is all too common, often leaving us wondering where to start; are we using too many products? Not enough? Which ingredients should we be using? Case in point: a quick Google search of ‘skincare’ left us with a staggering 192 million results! Let’s step away from the computer for a moment and get back to basics. Here’s what to be wary of:

Trends

Don’t follow them if they don’t work for you. As tempting as jumping on the latest skincare bandwagon is, if that facial oil is not working for your oily skin or that peeling mask is leaving your sensitive skin red and raw, step away.

Powerful ingredients

Be mindful of whether ingredients are worth the hype. Powerful acids, including glycolic and salicylic, can be great for some skin types but using these ingredients too much can cause more harm than good. Know your skin’s limits.

Beauty blogs

One size does not fit all. If you do follow bloggers, find one of a similar age as what works for skin in your 40s and 50s may not necessarily work for you in your 60s or 70s.

Too many products

Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of a simple, streamlined skincare regime. Try getting back to the root of the problem, for example SPF is a good place to start to help prevent premature ageing.

Unrealistic results

If you’re not seeing results instantly (as the internet might have predicted), give it time. Use six weeks as a benchmark, if you’re not satisfied by this point, it may be time to switch products. Rejoice, the internet is also full of useful, interesting and sound advice if you know where to look so here’s our top pick of skin-loving ingredients to keep an eye out for:

Retinol

Aka vitamin A, a powerful but highly effective ingredient that can live up to its hype. Opt for pure retinol, the most effective form, which increases collagen production to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles whilst tightening and smoothing skin.

Phytoestrogens

These wonders of the natural world play a vital role in maintaining skin’s youthful appearance during and after the menopause. Choose the most active forms of plant oestrogens, Lipobelle Soyaglycone or red clover, which help restore skin’s density for a plumper, more even texture.

Peptides

The star of this year’s skincare show and for good reason. These chemical messengers, made up of two or more amino acids, act as building blocks of protein, renewing and repairing cells. They work to trigger collagen (an important protein) and elastin production which helps reduce wrinkle depth and improve smoothness. Matrixyl™ is an advanced patented ingredient comprising of two forms of peptides: Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7. These peptides work seamlessly together to boost collagen production and hyaluronic acid deep within your skin to leave it feeling plumper, firmer and more hydrated. Marine collagen peptides are also rich in essential amino acids. These peptides are highly bio-available and stimulate collagen production to increase skin elasticity, restore tone and diminish the appearance of fine lines.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.

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