If you’ve ever tried to find a skin care product to deal with the concerns of ageing skin, you’ll probably as confused as the average Joe. There are so many products and ingredients that tout to “increase your collagen”, or “decrease in fineline”, “revitalize this and revitalize that” and so on and so forth, that it becomes necessary for us to put out a simple guide to anti-ageing skin care.
But before the guide, you would have to first understand the skin’s ageing process. Ageing skin is the condition where the structural proteins that bind and support the skin lose their resiliency and cohesion, causing the skin to wrinkle or sag. The body’s ability to produce new proteins which are collagen and elastin also diminishes with age while the cells in the various layers of our skin decline and thin, losing the ability to adequately maintain moisture. Without proper hydration, the healing mechanisms of the skin cease to function, adversely affecting the skin’s ability to receive nutrients and repair itself. The result is rough, lose, wrinkled skin.
Of course, we all want to have the best skin possible at any age and are searching for solutions to maintain our skin’s youthfulness. In our quest and with the constant advancements in skin care, it can sometimes be difficult to find an affordable and effective solution for great skin care. However, it doesn’t have to be that complex. What you should consider is that what any skin care program should be is -simple. The results that we all want are simple: soft, smooth, clear, radiant, younger-looking skin.
Skin care marketers are pushing to consumers that they need formulations that no average consumer can understand, or day and night products, or formulations that highly successful, or well-known personalities would use. If you think about it, how many products do you currently have in your storage that were purchased because of these marketing strategies?
With these types of advertising, there are so many re-touches and questionable representation of the product effectiveness because the personality also receives so many other types of services and procedures that impact the condition of skin that you really cannot know the true results that the highly marketed products will bring.
The positive side of the situation is that there are constant and ever evolving advances in skin care and we all have the option for our skin condition improving with age.
If you are looking for a skin care program, these are some guidelines you may want to consider when making your skin care choices:
Protect your skin while you are in the sun and extreme weather.
Use proper protection. A sunscreen with SPF 30 is sufficient to take your through the day
Drink lots of water.
It’s so important for proper skin hydration and keeping your body clean from toxins and other chemicals that could cause adverse reactions in your skin.
Know what you put on your skin
If you can’t pronounce the majority of the ingredients or there are more than 5 or 6 ingredients, then it may be too complex for what your skin actually needs. Skin care that uses these types of formulations are full of fillers, colouring, preservatives, and chemicals that are not beneficial for your skin and come with a high price where the consumer is paying for the filler more so than the active ingredients. These types of ingredients are only needed to fill up the bottle and make it appealing to smell or touch. Sometimes products will contain multiple active ingredients but in order to formulate these ingredients, it requires that other ingredients be added. You end up paying for something your skin cannot use. The cheaper ingredients are filling up the bottle. Try a similar approach to how you would choose your food (skin is ‘live cells’ and needs nourishment). Watch the labels and choose products with skin healthy formulations where the active ingredients are 80% of the ingredients.
Use a good and effective cleanser.
This is the most important step in your skin care process. Many cleansing products do not leave your skin feeling smooth and deeply cleansed. Find a product that goes deep into the pores, provides light exfoliation and conditioning, and does not leave any residue. Applying moisturizers and treatments on top of skin that is not completely clean will just make the problem worse by clogging pores and showing a rough, uneven skin texture. We recommend the mdd Age-Fight Hydra Cleanser for its simple and clean product.
It should not take more than 5 minutes
You should be able to quickly go through your regime. A skin care program should include the steps to cleanse, exfoliate, treat and moisturize. You should be able to pick and choose what you need based on you skin’s current condition for that day.
Products that penetrate
You should not be able to feel the product on your skin. In order for skin care to really be effective, it must penetrate the skin cells. Product sitting on top of your skin is product that is not penetrating the skin layers. Products with fillers and other unnecessary, complex formulations will may not get deep or directly enough to provide the treatment and results you are looking for. You should not know that you are wearing your skin care.