This list of the 4 best anti ageing products is meant for those who need a serious boost to their skincare routine. Here, you’ll find some anti ageing tips that will transform your skin! So read, on.
Preventing premature skin ageing is a vital component of anti-ageing as a whole. Turning back the clock on skin ageing is always possible, but protecting your skin early on can greatly increase the results later.
We often try all the creams and potions that promise to make us look, and feel, younger. In recent years we have also seen an increase in cosmetic procedures, many of which are either not 100% safe or can have unpleasant consequences. But, what’s the best way to prevent premature ageing, and what can be done to make our skin as supple and smooth as possible?
There are a few options, some of which are more invasive than others. Whichever you choose, it’s always wise to contact a dermatologist first, to ensure the treatment is suitable for you. That being said, visiting a dermatologist’s office can be expensive, which is why I have compiled a list of the most effective (and non-invasive) skincare products and treatments.
Plus a bonus! The most effective tips for using your products. Trust me when I say – those will really transform your routine.
More on mineral sunscreen (including proper application techniques, and what ingredients to avoid) coming soon!
It’s been said time and time again, but let me repeat it once more – sunscreen is key when it comes to preventing wrinkles and fine lines! If you can’t deal with any other anti ageing products due to having sensitive skin – this is the one to get!
Unfortunately, the sun’s UVA and UVB rays cause up to 80% of skin ageing. It is worth mentioning that UVA (the skin ageing rays) is prevalent throughout the year, and can even penetrate glass. Therefore, we should be applying sunscreen even if we are sat by a window at work or are going for a short drive in the car. The rule of thumb is to apply around half a teaspoon to the face, neck and chest, but applying more is definitely going to be less harmful than applying too little. When choosing a sunscreen, try to always go for a mineral one (and educate yourself on sunscreen ingredients), as it won’t contain harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone.
Cost: From £4 for a chemical sunscreen and about £20 for mineral sunscreen.
Top Tip: Always apply your sunscreen around 10 minutes before your foundation, as this will prevent uncomfortable product pilling. Additionally, make sure to use an oil-based product first, then the sunscreen (it will glide on smoother and stay on the skin for longer).
When it comes to wrinkle prevention/ treatment nothing comes close to retinoids. Now, here is where it gets tricky. Tretinoin is available by prescription only in the UK, while other retinoids such as retinol or Differin aren’t. That being said, Tretinoin is the industry’s gold standard in anti-ageing. It can work not only to prevent wrinkles but also to smooth out the existing ones. Retinol, on the other hand, is less potent, so can be used long-term and won’t cause the same side effects. Differin is a more recent addition to the retinoids family. Doctors often prescribe it for acne, but there have been studies suggesting it can work for wrinkles, as well. Then, there is also Retinaldehyde. It falls somewhere between Tretinoin and retinol. Because it doesn’t have to undergo as many steps to convert to retinoic acid, it’s more effective than retinol (but also more irritating). For reference, retinoic acid is, in other words, vitamin A (Tretinoin). So for any retinoid to be effective, it needs to convert to vitamin A first.
Remember! Wearing sunscreen is imperative when using retinoids, as they make your skin hypersensitive to UV light. If you don’t use sunscreen, you will inevitably cause more damage to your skin!
Top Tip: Only use a small amount once a week when you start using retinoids. Then, increase to twice per week in week 2, three times in week 3 etc. This will allow your skin to get used to the ingredient and minimize irritation.
My top choice: Have a look here, to find out!
Antioxidants such as vitamin c, resveratrol, ferulic acid and Q10 have been proven very effective in fighting wrinkles, fine lines and sagging. You should be applying them at night (except vitamin C, which should be used in the morning), as they will help your body fight off free radicals. Essentially, antioxidants rejuvenate the skin overnight, helping to combat skin destruction caused by pollution and the sun. What’s more, they will not only prevent DNA damage but also preserve collagen already present in our skin. This means that antioxidants should play an important part in your everyday skincare routine.
Top Tip: One thing worth noting is that vitamin c is very unstable. It will degrade easily with time, sun exposure and heat. So it’s always best to avoid bottled products and choose cream-based ones (like this one).
Cost: most antioxidants from The Ordinary cost around £6.
My top choice: Indeed Labs Vitamin C 24
If you’re searching for an anti-ageing device that is gentle and works well for most skin types – your search may be over. Microdermabrasion uses a diamond tip to remove dead skin cells, while a powerful vacuum sweeps them inside a little container. I bought this device a few years ago when I first began my anti-ageing journey. It worked perfectly for healing acne and making my skin feel smooth, as it helped with the texture. Additionally, microdermabrasion improves collagen production over time. One thing that I need to mention about this device is that it won’t prevent ageing, as it only works on the top layer of the skin. For this reason, it would be perfect for someone who doesn’t yet have wrinkles or to reduce acne scarring. Still, wearing sunscreen is important with this, too!
Cost: £60 per treatment (more than 1 needed), or £70 for a home-use device.
My top choice: Revit Essential