We all want to age gracefully however the process of ageing is never in our control. Like most biological processes, ageing too starts at birth and continues throughout our life. While it’s impossible to prevent or stop the process of ageing, there are certain things that can be done to reduce early signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, skin dullness and dryness and more. As with everything related to skincare, the key to achieving healthy, glowing skin lies in using the right products and following a regime that suits your skin type. Read on to know more about the process of ageing, which ingredients are best to reduce early signs of ageing and what regime you should be following.
How can I stop my skin from Ageing naturally?
Ageing is a natural process and many people start noticing early signs of ageing in their 20’s. There are two factors which mainly contribute to ageing – intrinsic factors and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic factors are physiological processes through which organs, tissues and cells work and can cause fine lines and wrinkles, skin thinning and dryness. Intrinsic factors cannot be controlled and are inevitable.
Extrinsic factors, on the other hand, are external conditions such as the environment, exposure to the sun and pollution, diet and exercise etc. which can cause wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and roughness of skin.
Our skin ages for a number of reasons, both intrinsic and extrinsic. While intrinsic factors are natural and cannot be altered, there are precautions which we can follow to prevent ageing caused by extrinsic factors. Following a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle and a skincare routine can help prevent and reduce early signs of ageing. Here are some of the steps you can take to prevent extrinsic factors from ageing your skin:
- Reduce your skin’s exposure to sun rays by using sunscreen every day, even when you are indoors. Choose a mineral-based sunscreen which offers broad-spectrum protection and has PA++++ as well as SPF 30. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every 3-4 hours.
- Reduce your intake of foods high in salt, sugar and unhealthy fats as it can accelerate ageing.
- Choose whole grains, green leafy vegetables and fruits and keep yourself hydrated.
- Quitting smoking can also help reduce signs of ageing.
- Alcohol tends to dehydrate the skin and can cause skin damage. It’s best to limit your alcohol intake.
- Exercising regularly has immense benefits for your skin. Not only does it help improve blood circulation, but it also helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin and keeps it healthy.
- Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser and follow it up with a moisturizer. A good moisturizer helps prevent water loss from the skin.
- Avoid exposing your skin to dust and pollution when possible as it can clog pores, dehydrate and irritate your skin.
Which Anti-Ageing ingredients actually work?
When it comes to choosing anti ageing skincare, Retinol is often considered the gold standard because of the many benefits it has to offer. Retinol helps fade age spots and pigmentation, prevents wrinkles and brightens dull skin. Derived from Vitamin A, Retinol is now commonly found in a range of anti-ageing skincare products however it also has some adverse effects such as making the skin red and sensitive, causing skin flakiness and sensitive to UV light. It is also not recommended to use Retinol during pregnancy as it can cause harm to the baby in utero.
However, there is a new skincare ingredient that offers the same benefits as Retinol without the side effects. Bakuchiol, derived from the Babchi plant, is a gentle and natural alternative to Retinol. Not only does it help with a host of skincare concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, rough and damaged skin and skin sagging, it is also suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. Bakuchiol also helps increase cell turnover which stimulates collagen production and diminishes early signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles, soothes rough skin and improves skin firmness.
If one were to look at bakuchiol vs retinol, Bakuchiol comes across as a safer, better option. While Bakuchiol’s functions are similar to that of Retinol and mimic its benefits, it does not have the adverse effects which Retinol entails. Bakuchiol can be used safely during pregnancy and is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It does not cause skin sensitivity, irritation or redness and does not make the skin sensitive to UV light.
When should I start Anti Ageing skin care?
A good skincare routine is one that meets your needs and is tailored to your skin type. While most women start noticing early signs of ageing in their late 20’s, it’s best to start incorporating anti ageing products into your skincare routine when you are in your mid-20’s. Not only will it serve as a preventive measure, it will also ensure your skin is replenished with the right ingredients for it to remain healthy and glowing.
What ingredient helps with Wrinkles?
When it comes to reducing the appearance of wrinkles on face, Retinol is considered the best ingredient. Derived from Vitamin A, Retinol works on a range of skincare concerns such as reducing fine lines and wrinkles, softening rough skin, increasing the production of collagen, fading age spots and more. However, Retinol isn’t suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin as it is known to cause some adverse effects.
Retinol is known to cause skin sensitivity, redness and flakiness. It also makes skin sensitive to UV light and that’s why it’s recommended to use Retinol-based products at night. Studies have also shown that Retinol is not safe to use during pregnancy. However, there is a safer, natural alternative to Retinol which works just like it without the side effects – Bakuchiol. Derived from the Babchi plant, Bakuchiol mimics Retinol’s benefits but doesn’t cause any harm to the skin or the body. It doesn’t cause skin redness or flakiness and is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It can be used in both day and night as it doesn’t make skin sensitive to UV light and is safe to use even during pregnancy.
Apart from Bakuchiol, ingredients such as Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Hyaluronic Acid, which is naturally present in our skin, starts to deplete as we age. Hyaluronic Acid has the unique ability to hold and adjust moisture rate according to the season. And when skin is hydrated, fine lines and wrinkles appear diminished. Niacinamide is a popular skincare ingredient which is derived from Vitamin B3. It has a host of benefits for the skin which include improving skin elasticity, reducing signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles, promoting cell turnover to improve skin texture and reducing pigmentation.
When choosing an anti aging face cream for day use, it’s best to choose one with ingredients that offer your skin protection from extrinsic factors such as UVA light from the sun and pollution. While UVA light can cause skin cells to age and lead to wrinkles, pollution can break down collagen, clog pores, cause skin dryness and dullness and lead to early signs of ageing. Zinc Oxide is a naturally occurring mineral which provides protection from UVA rays while ingredients like Green Tea Extracts – a powerful source of antioxidants – prevents skin damage from pollution.
Other natural ingredients that you must look out for in anti ageing products include Sea Buckthorn Oil, Vitamin E and 5 powerful plant extracts. Together, these ingredients help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, prevent premature ageing, lighten dark circles and improve the appearance of the eye contour.
Wondering what’s the best way to get the benefits of these ingredients? The Moms Co.’s Natural Age Control range has three products to create the perfect anti ageing regime for you. The Natural Age Control range, powered by Bakuchiol, comes with three products – Natural Age Control Day Cream, Natural Age Control Under Eye Cream and Natural Age Control Night Cream.
Natural Age Control Day Cream has Bakuchiol along with Green Tea Extracts and Zinc Oxide and offers your skin protection from the harmful UVA rays and pollution. It also has Sea Buckthorn Oil and Hyaluronic Acid. Together, these ingredients deeply hydrate the skin, stimulate collagen synthesis, reduce the appearance of face wrinkles and lines and improve skin radiance.
For your night routine, the range has Natural Age Control Under Eye Cream. Enriched with Bakuchiol, Niacinamide and 5 plant extracts, this lightweight anti wrinkle eye cream gets absorbed quickly and works to improve the appearance of eye contour by reducing fine lines, reducing dark circles and puffiness, restoring skin firmness and keeping the skin under the eyes hydrated.
Follow this up with Natural Age Control Night Cream. This anti ageing night cream not only has Bakuchiol, it also has Niacinamide, Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid which boosts skin elasticity, deeply hydrates the skin and reduces pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.
The Natural Age Control Range is dermatologically-tested and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It is Australia-certified toxin-free and safe to use during pregnancy. So go ahead, and give your skin the healthy glow it so rightly deserves and reduce early signs of ageing with the power of Bakuchiol.