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Want True Anti-Aging Products? Here’s What You Need To Look For

Hey Lovelies!

Of course, we want anti-aging products that actually deliver! Christ, anything that means the Botox clinic can wait a while longer is worth a shot, right? The amount of anti-aging products around is enough to send the most well-informed peoples’ heads in a spin.

Well, lovely people, here are the key, proven ingredients and some amazing brands that provide optimal results.

1.B3 (Niacinamide) Try: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, £5, www.boots.com
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Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) is all-important when it comes to maintaining that much sought-after youthful complexion – and yet it is regularly over-looked. Fantastic for locking in moisture and strengthening the skin’s barrier, the water-soluble vitamin even helps to diminish inflammation and thus, any redness too. Studies have shown this component to aid in smoothing out fine lines and significantly repair the skin. Additionally, niacinamide is a great warrior against the dreaded acne attack. I love The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%.

2.Astaxanthin. Try: DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All-in-One Gel, $49, www.dhcare.com
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Seriously, is there nothing this antioxidant can’t do? Think of the crazy-good component as your secret weapon against environmental and UV damage. Sourced from freshwater algae, it is 6,000 times more effective than vitamin C. Japanese skincare brand, DHC’s Astaxanthin Collagen All-In-One Gel, $49 (www.dhcare.com) offers immediate absorption and is combined with collagen, vitamin E and sodium hyaluronate to further firm, smooth and nourish.

3.Vitamin C. Try: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, £114.95, www.facthefuture.com
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Whilst astaxanthin has well and truly proven it can beat vitamin C in a Pepsi challenge when it comes to fighting a UV onslaught, it is still kind of vital if you want your collagen levels to be top notch. It is also great friends with vitamin E, greatly supporting its efficacy in fighting free radical damage. A great vitamin C serum is SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic.

4.Retinol (Of Course) Try: Esthederm’s Intensive Retinol Serum, £49, www.facethefuture.co.uk
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Widely considered as everyone beauty obsessives’ Mecca, this is the go-to anti-aging component for most. Extensive studies prove its supreme worth in combatting the globally hated skin consequences that come with stocking up the years. Age, we hate you, but you will not defeat us!

When you use retinol, you can expect improved collagen production, prevent pigmentation, smooth the skin and minimize the appearance of pores. But (and it’s a big BUT), care should be taken as the ingredient does increase sun sensitivity. Therefore, it is better to apply at night and remember your SPF during the day. This is a product that has to be used consistently. Newbies to retinol should build up dosage gradually as reactions can occur. I am totally obsessed with Esthederm’s Retinol.

4.AHAs/BHAs And Peptides. Try: Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant, £29.75, www.paulaschoice.co.uk
Paula's Choice Resist Anti-Aging AHA Exfoliant
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Using an exfoliator is so important when it comes to cell renewal and staving off the aging process. AHA and BHAs means dead skin cells are removed, taking along with it, that unwanted dry and dull complexion. Silky softness? I think so!

We need to be fully armed when going up against the mighty age factor. This means skin-repairing and rejuvenating peptides (from amino acids) are a must. Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant, £29.75 (www.paulaschoice.co.uk) combines 4 AHAs, BHA (salicylic acid) together with an array of antioxidants and peptides that provide the ultimate result.

5.SPF

Scientifically proven to offer huge anti-aging abilities, SPFs are ESSENTIAL in maintaining that youthful complexion by fully protecting your skin. Look for an SPF that provides UVA and UVB protection and at least SPF30. Remember that you should apply this every day, no matter what the weather.

6.Vitamin E. Try Superdrug’s Vitamin E, £3.49, www.superdrug.com
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Last but not least is vitamin E. The antioxidant is well-known for its protective and reparative properties. Recognised for its ability to fight free radical damage, healing the skin and reducing inflammation, this little gem works a treat. I adore Superdrug’s Vitamin E Radiance, £3.49, www.superdrug.com

 

 

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5 Kick-Ass Liquid Exfoliants

Hey Lovelies!

Exfoliation is a vital part of maintaining good skincare and realistically we should try to exfoliate twice weekly to ensure our skin stays clear, pores are refined and our complexion remains one of radiant luminosity. However, which type of exfoliator to choose? AHAs can have huge merit, but with so much availability, do you have the right product for your skincare needs?

Today I have rounded up the best liquid exfoliators on the market; all of which will guarantee you keep your beautiful skin looking its best.

1.Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA 2% Liquid Exfoliant, £26, www.paulaschoice.co.uk

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Should your skin concern be predominately blemish or pore related, this is the kitty for you! Tackling enlarged pores, acne, blemishes and imperfections with warrior-like abilities, this awesome exfoliator will literally feel like a dream discovery. Your complexion will be clear, hydrated, toned and beautiful.

2.Sunday Riley Good Genes, £85

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Including lactic acid and patented NG-5 Ageless Complex to fight and minimise fine lines and wrinkles ensures this is an incredible anti-aging product. However, this exfoliator has a few more tricks up its sleeve – it greatly improves circulation, elasticity and skin tone, whilst simultaneously fighting free radical damage. One point to remember is that being such an intensive treatment makes it unsuitable for those with sensitive skin.

3.Alpha H Liquid Gold, £33, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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Alpha-H Liquid Gold is a must-have for treating those with damaged or aging skin. This fab exfoliator effectively refines pores, reduces pigmentation and fine lines and is extremely popular amongst us beauty editors. Once you try it, you will see why! N.B. Again, those with very sensitive skin should opt for the Alpha H starter kit (skin Solution for dry/sensitive skin. (£39.99)

4.Elemis Gentle Rose EXFOLIATOR, £31, Elemis

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I used to have skin that could take the harshest of products, but these days it takes the slightest drop of something considered ‘average strength’ and my face breaks out in an ugly red rash! This is where Elemis comes in: combining the superior beneficial properties of rose, this gentle exfoliator will feel like a velvet glove on the most sensitive of skin, revealing a beautiful clear and gorgeous complexion you will love!

5. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, £48, dermalogica.co.uk

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The good news is that this exfoliant is gentle enough for sensitive skin types. Although this comes in powder form, you add water until you reach the desired consistency. This incredible product combines highly researched and proven ingredients such as papaya, rice enzymes, salicylic acid and their Skin Brightening Complex that work in perfect harmony on your skin to reveal a luminous and youthful complexion fit for any princess (that’s us!)

Have you tried any of these exfoliators or do you have a fave exfoliator? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Have a great day xx

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