Anti-aging products have come a long way from the days when effects were purely cosmetic, with products now containing ingredients clinically shown to help improve skin’s texture and elasticity. But with so much choice out there and so much to remember how do you choose what’s right for you? Well, we’re always here to help!
Below is a list of some of these ingredients which have proven effective in the fight against time, and better yet they can all be found in one skincare range; Image Skincare!
Active Anti-Aging Ingredients
Sunscreen is perhaps the most important and effective anti-aging ingredient to include in your daily skincare routine. When applied correctly, (thirty minutes before going out in to the sun and then every two hours) Sunscreen is your best defence against wrinkles, pigmentation, loss of firmness, and dullness. Select a moisturiser that offers broad spectrum UVA and UVB and an SPF 30 (or higher), such as Image Skincare Prevention+, which is not only a sun protection moisturiser but is also filled with stem cells, antioxidants, and botanical SPF boosters – even more anti-aging ingredients!
Retinol is an antioxidant compound derived from vitamin A, one of the body’s key nutrients, and works by neutralising the free radicals that damage skin cells and cause wrinkles. It is said to fix photo-aging, brown spots, acne, roughness, and collagen breakdown. Image Skincare’s Ageless Total Retinol A Creme is a concentrated blend of Retinol and Polypeptides to resurface, rejuvenate and repair aging and acne prone skin.
Vitamin C, with its pro-collagen and detoxifying properties, is a great anti-aging ingredient. It is also a powerful antioxidant—it enables cells to fight the free radicals responsible in particular for skin aging. It has been shown to increase collagen production, reduce the appearance of skin discolorations, strengthen skin’s barrier response, enhance skin’s repair process, reduce inflammation and help skin better withstand exposure to sunlight. Image Skincare Vital C is a range of products containing high concentrations of Vitamin C and range from cleansers to moisturisers and eye creams.
Hyaluronic acid has become a serious skincare staple. It has the ability to absorb up to 1000 times its own weight in water and is responsible for keeping your skin plump, smooth and supple. Research has shown that as a person ages, the hyaluronic acid content in the skin decreases, causing the skin to lose elasticity. However, when applied topically, hyaluronic acid forms an air permeable layer and penetrates into the dermis, thus boosting the elasticity and hydration of the skin. The highly concentrated Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler is also infused with an apricot essential oil and potent antioxidant Vitamin E for added effectiveness.
Peptides– Collagen, made up of long strands of amino acids, gives the skin its smooth, and youthful appearance. As we age, the long strands of amino acids in collagen break down creating small chains commonly referred to as peptides. The presence of these peptides signal to the skin that it has lost collagen and needs to produce more. Applying this topically from your skin care product has the same effect. Peptides can be found in many of the Image Skincare Range.
AHAs (Alpha hydroxy acids) , refer to a group of acids that are derived from fruit sugars and milk sugars, such as glycolic acid. The main benefit of an alpha hydroxy acid is its ability to exfoliate the skin. By effectively removing that top layer of skin, the alpha hydroxy acids serve to help new skin grow. Alpha hydroxy acids reduce the look of wrinkles, help to reduce the likelihood that wrinkles will develop, and can help skin that’s uneven and hyper pigmented become smoother and more even. Image Skincare’s highly effective anti aging skin care products utilize AHA blends, nutripeptides, retinols, lightening agents and anti-oxidants to produce ageless skin.
Green Tea antioxidant components work to reduce inflammation, build collagen and reduce cell damage by impeding the harmful effects of sun exposure and damaging free radicals. The Ormedic Balancing Antioxidant Serum is an ultra hydrating botanical serum infused with organic Japanese green tea, Aloe Vera and a copper-complex peptide, which can be used to restore Hydration and nourish environmentally damaged skin.