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The beginner's guide to anti-aging skin care

 The beginner's guide to anti-aging skin care

La Roche Posay Author: Julia McEwen

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The beginner's guide to anti-aging skin care

Beauty counters can be overwhelming to say the least; we break down the major anti-aging ingredients to help you you pick a treatment tailored for your skin care needs.
 

Making a trip to your local drugstore to pick up a new cleanser or moisturizer is a mission in its self, filled with a myriad of choices that can make even a beauty editor’s head spin! Before you need to re-up on your skincare ask yourself “what skin concerns do I want to target?” Entering the beauty aisles with a plan in mind will help you make a savvier purchase and your complexion—and your bank account—will be thanking you.


Aging effects us at different stages in life due to genetics and lifestyle. If your major skin care concerns focus around wrinkles, loss of collagen and loss of firmness it might be time to 
shake up your routine and switch to a serum and moisturizer that's loaded with alpha-hydroxy acids, idebenone (antioxidant and a free radical fighter), retinoids, antioxidants, vitamins C and E and peptides. 
 

In a response to slower cell turnover and decline in collagen and elastin these key ingredients should be incorporated into a daily skincare regime. There are several powerful ingredients that repair aging skin. Some superstar ingredients in this grouping fall under the umbrella of antioxidants. The buzz-worthy vitamin C is a true multi-tasker, it helps in collagen production, improves elasticity and also helps plump up fine lines. Other notable antioxidants with similar benefits are green tea, pomegranates and vitamin E. 


A daily use of alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) for ageing skin will help kick-start the exfoliation of dead cells and leave listless skin glowing again. Exfoliating is a must for mature skin, try using a chemical exfoliant like a glycolic acid if your skin can endure it. Not only will it remove dead skin cells but it will also reduce brown spots, help with acne and give skin an overall brighter appearance. 

Still need some more guidance and maybe a product recommendation or two? We've got your back (and face, and neck). We've broken down seven signs of aging and what products can help stave it off and in some cases even stop 'em in its tracks.

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The beginner's guide to anti-aging skin care

For age spots try…

Not sure where that giant "freckle" came from that doesn't seem to go away in the winter? Chances are it's a sun (or age) spot. This happens when UV rays damage cells—melanocytes. The damaged cells eventually reach the skin's surface, however this can take years of built-up damage so there's no quick fix when treating brown spots. The best course of action is a one, two, punch of a vitamin C or retinol enriched spot treatment—and sunscreen, everyday! After all, it's the UV exposure that gave you the discolouration in the first place. Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, $94. Clarins UV Plus HP Suncreen Multi-Protection Tint SPF 40, $42.

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By: Julia McEwen Source: Shoppers Drug Mart

The beginner's guide to anti-aging skin care

For dry skin try...

Everything around us is trying to pull moisture from our skin; air conditioning, indoor heating, sun, wind and even hot water. Look for a moisturizer that's heavy enough to protect your skin's barrier (so it can lock in moisture) and make sure it has hyaluronic acid high up on the ingredients list. This molecule can hold 1000 times its weight in water. Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid Tri-Molecules Moisturizing Surge Cream, $90.

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By: Julia McEwen Source: Beloved One

The beginner's guide to anti-aging skin care

For crows feet try…

Most women notice this area (next to the outer corners of the eyes) to be the first place you see signs of aging. Along with a good pair of sunglasses you should also try a retinol eye cream. RoC Pro-Sublime Anti-Wrinkle Eye Reviving Cream, $39.

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By: Julia McEwen Source: RoC

The beginner's guide to anti-aging skin care

For puffiness and dark circles try…

Puffiness and dark circles can be attributed to a few factors; genetics, allergies, stress, eye fatigue and aging. Under eye skin is super thin, and as we get older it only continues to thin out which in turn makes dark circles and puffiness even more apparent. Sure, cutting out salt and alcohol will help but an eye cream that boasts retinol, caffeine, red algae and liquorice will fight all your signs of aging. Frist Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy, $45.

Read more: sephora.ca
By: Julia McEwen Source: Sephora

The beginner's guide to anti-aging skin care

For dull skin try…

A hard truth to deal with is the continuous slow down of our cell-turnover rate as we age. The reason our glow factor is harder to maintain is because its trapped under a layers of dead skin cells. The quickest fix to enhance cell turnover and eliminate flaky skin is with glycol acid. Try a peel pad. L'Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads, $tk.

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By: Julia McEwen Source: L'Oréal Paris

The beginner's guide to anti-aging skin care

For loss of elasticity and droopiness try…

In our 30s the plump fat pads on our face start to dissipate due to the degradation of collagen and elastin. When this support system start to breakdown we loose that taut appearance around the jaw and cheeks. Peptides and antioxidants can help you slow down this aging process. Estée Lauder Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Face and Neck Creme, $100.

Read more: sephora.ca
By: Julia McEwen Source: Sephora

The beginner's guide to anti-aging skin care

For fine lines and wrinkles try…

If your noticing new lines crop up and "old friends" getting deeper and more pronounced try a two pronged approach. Before you put on your makeup apply a primer, this will help prevent your makeup from settling into your lines, making them appear more prominent. To treat the wrinkles try a heavy duty blast of hyaluronic acid. This can help improve the appearance of your skin's natural volume, helping to minimize deep lines and wrinkles. Dermarche Labs FullFill Hyaluronic Acid Topical Wrinkle Filler, $105.

Read more: sephora.ca
By: Julia McEwen Source: Sephora

 

 

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