One thing which is as certain as the taxes we pay is the aging of the skin. It is a complex process involving multiple internal and external factors like genetics, hormonal balance (or imbalance), health issues, UV rays, air pollutants, and mental health to name a few. If eyes are considered windows to the heart, it would not be wrong to say that healthy aging skin is a window to gauge the overall well-being and health of a person.
Aging is a complex process involving multitude of internal and external factors
Our focus in this article will be to talk about some topical ingredients found these days in anti-aging regimes and we will try to evaluate if they work. First thing first, an effective barrier is very important to fight external allergens, irritants, and pollutants. It is kind of a defence system that not only fights external stressors but also allows safe and prolonged penetration of important nutrients deep in the skin. This barrier can include a combination of various topical treatments including, serums, moisturizers, and facial oils. A log term skincare routine can help increase skin regeneration and its elasticity, thus fighting wrinkles.
Now, let's talk about some of the powerful ingredients found these days in anti-aging regimes:
It would not be wrong to say that Retinol is an integral part of any anti-aging routine. Also known as Vitamin A, has antioxidizing effects and can induce the biosynthesis of collagen. It has been shown that retinol has positive effects not only on extrinsic but also on intrinsic skin aging and has a strong positive effect on collagen metabolism1.
Our Vegan and cruelty free Enchanted A Serum contains 0.4% Retinol which is delivered to your skin in a time-release encapsulated form.
Vitamin B3 or Niacinamide is yet another popular ingredient. Due to its small molecular weight, it penetrates deep into the skin and boosts the skin's barrier properties. It is also known to be effective in reducing enlarged pores and fighting pigmentation. In some studies, improvement of skin elasticity, erythema, and pigmentations after 3 months of topical treatment has been observed1.
Our Vegan Enchanted B Serum contains 5% Niacinamide along with 2% Provitamin B5 and Hyaluronic Acid that act in unison to fight early signs of aging. When applied to skin, its moisturising outer-coating time-releases the active Retinol, which penetrates deep into the skin to deliver superior results.
Again a lightweight ingredient that is an excellent anti-oxidant and free radical scavenger. It helps produce enzymes important for collagen synthesis. Clinical studies have proven that the antioxidative protection is higher with the combination of vitamins C and E than with the vitamin C or E alone1. Therefore a combination of products containing these Vitamins help improve uneven skin tone, reduces signs of aging and overall restores skin.
We talk about anti aging or skin care and do not mention Hyaluronic acid (HA), would be a sacrilege. It is a well researched and an effective ingredient for any wrinkle fighting or aging skin care routine.
One of the critical factors of aging or pre-mature aging of the skin is attributable to moisture loss or in other words, an inability of skin to retain moisture as we age. The key molecule involved in skin moisture is hyaluronan or Hyaluronic Acid (HA) 2. It has a unique capacity to hold significant amount of moisture in the skin. As we age, there is less and less production of HA and it becomes drier and less elastic, causing development of deep wrinkles. A topical solution with HA may help retain the moisture in skin and thus helping to plump and rejuvenate the skin.
We recommend our Dew drop Hyaluronic Acid Serum which is vegan and contains 97% HA. It provide a fresh boost of hydration to your skin. We also highly recommend applying a layer of moisturizer on top of HA serum to lock in the moisture provided by our HA serum.
1. Ruta Ganceviciene, Aikaterini I. Liakou, Athanasios Theodoridis, Evgenia Makrantonaki & Christos C. Zouboulis (2012) Skin anti-aging strategies, Dermato-Endocrinology, 4:3, 308-319, DOI: 10.4161/derm.22804
2. Eleni Papakonstantinou, Michael Roth & George Karakiulakis (2012) Hyaluronic acid: A key molecule in skin aging, Dermato-Endocrinology, 4:3, 253-258, DOI: 10.4161/derm.21923