The best anti-aging beauty tip I could provide to any client is to make taking care of their skin a top priority. This habit should be implemented in the early teen years with daily use of a broad spectrum sunscreen and proper cleansing before bed, preferably using a natural oil-based cleanser.
Skin care is something I take very seriously and in fact, although I am a professional makeup artist and love to wear color cosmetics, I spend as much if not more time cleansing and moisturizing my skin each day. Now that I am almost 48 years old, I am grateful that I adopted this habit as most of the women I see during the course of my workday are struggling with a plethora of skin issues that they try to hide with heavy foundation and concealers. More often than not, these clients are drawing attention to the exact things they are trying to hide and unknowingly, age themselves well beyond their years. I always ask them this question, “Would you rather put a Band-Aid on a problem or get to the root cause of the issue and address it?” As you would guess, 99% of these women prefer to address the issue however, they don’t know where to begin.
The main cause of dull, lackluster skin is reduced cellular turnover. Healthy, young skin renews itself every 28 days but as we age, this process slows down. The slower turnover rate allows dead skin cells to build up on the surface of the skin, inhibiting its ability to reflect light. This buildup of dead skin also accentuates fine lines and wrinkles and makes dark spots appear darker.
Instead of just recommending certain products, I encourage my clients to assess their skin to determine what their primary issues are and prioritize them. Then we discuss skin care ingredients, not just products, because I believe it is important for clients to understand what ingredient will address their specific concern. In most cases, I encourage clients to look for the five specific ingredients on the label of any anti-aging skin care product there are considering buying. To take it one step further, I also recommend that those ingredients be listed in the first five shown in the ingredient list on the product label. The higher the ingredient in the ingredient deck, the higher the concentration present in the product. For example, if you are looking for a product that contains retinol and the product you are considering lists retinol as ingredient number 20 out of 25 total ingredients in the product label, it may not be the best choice. In fact, this product would probably not contain enough active retinol to induce significant change in the skin and you could be wasting your money.
Retinol, is one of my “must have” anti-aging ingredients to prevent the signs of aging and promote radiant and youthful looking skin. Retinol is an antioxidant and derivative of Vitamin A that falls under a class of compounds called retinoids. Retinol is a cosmetic ingredient and does not require a prescription. (Not to be confused with Retin-A, a brand name for retinoic acid that is also known as tretinoin)
What is so great about retinol??
Retinol stimulates production of collagen, the protein that promotes elasticity in the skin, speeds cell turnover, fades hyperpigmentation, reduces fine lines and unclogs pores.According to the majority of skin care experts, Vitamin A is the most effective anti-aging ingredient on the market today. In fact, there are more than 700 published scientific studies confirming that retinoids improve skin texture, tighten pores, smooth wrinkles, banish breakouts, lighten pigmentation and in some cases, help reduce precancerous lesions. Retinol, is less aggressive but equally effective as Retinoic Acid without the harsh side effects. (Retin-A and other tretinoin products are notorious for causing inflammation in the skin including redness, peeling and sun sensitivity)
Retinol is applied to the skin in an inert form where it is stored until needed and converted by skin cells to retinoic acid. Since retinol is unstable in heat, light and air, look for time-released, microencapsulated retinol products that are packaged in aluminum tubes with narrow openings which provide maximum protection and shelf life. With microencapsulated retinol, the retinol molecules are surrounded by a tiny polymer film that protects it from light, oxygen and other environmental aggressors. When microencapsulated retinol is applied to your skin, the polymer film is broken releasing the retinol to work it’s magic with less irritation to the skin than tradition forms of retinol that are have not been microencapsulated. Although retinol takes a bit more time to produce results than retinoic acid, it promotes radiant, more youthful looking skin without the slick, plastic looking skin that is commonly seen with long term Retin-A users.
Look for another favorite anti aging ingredient in next Friday’s blog post.
Sending peace, love and happiness to all!
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