I have been living in this excellent body for over 60 years
I love it, as long as it doesn’t get too fat, or too thin or doesn’t break
I think, thank goodness
Youth is a gift from nature, but age is a work of art.
No truer word has ever been spoken.
That is if we are to embrace ageing gracefully.
But as we age, the mechanisms controlling our skin changes.
Breakdowns occur in your dermal structure, leading to greater fragility and reduced healing.
As the founder of the Naked Chemist, I’m often asked what my top anti-ageing ingredients are.
There are some fantastic scientifically researched anti-ageing ingredients available.
So with over 30 years of experience as a medical esthetician, here’s my tried and tested verdict.
Understanding Anti Ageing ingredients
As we age, there is also something I recommend genuinely embracing what it means to be you.
Learn to feel good about yourself and your skin rather than hiding behind a canvas of someone else.
Tap into your inner beauty. After all, it’s the only skin you have.
Anti Ageing Skin Ingredients
There is no question that vitamins can help the appearance of your skin.
Vitamin A is one of the most researched ingredients for anti-ageing.
This study (1) found rapid improvement in ageing skin, demonstrating its importance for average cell growth and function and how it can help modulate collagen synthesis.
Vitamin A derivatives are referred to as retinoids and include the following:
- retin A
- retinol palmitate
- the oral acne drug Accutane
- retinyl aldehyde and retinyl palmitate
A+ Retinol skinshot is our go-to treatment containing vitamin A.
Vitamin B is essential for normal cell functioning and helping to repair damaged skin.
Multiple clinical studies (2) show how it can provide a broad array of improvements in the appearance of ageing, such as reducing red blotchiness and stubborn age spots, especially when combined with N acetyl glucosamine.
Our B+ niacinamide skinshot containing vitamins B3 and B5 and N acetyl glucosamine makes it the perfect balancing, anti-ageing treatment.
This is a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent cellular damage from oxidation.
Vitamin C is also essential for collagen production and is an effective skin brightener, helping to even out pigment and spots caused by UV damage.
You can find this in the C+ vitamin skinshot.
Referred to as tocopherol, it is a fat-soluble vitamin that serves as a topical vitamin that is particularly useful when combined with vitamin C as an antioxidant.
It helps to repair fragile, damaged skin and ward off signs of ageing.
As this study (3) found, several alterations in aged skin can contribute to a defective barrier function.
Therefore, it makes sense to replenish your barrier function with skin-identical ingredients to keep your skin healthy and ward off ageing.
Glycolipids, ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol are great examples of lipids in your skin that deplete with age.
These ingredients are essential for skin health as they replenish and protect, reducing inflammation and premature ageing.
Fortify Barrier Repair cream is intelligently formulated with the correct ratio of lipids found in healthy skin.
HYDRATING HYALURONIC ACID
Dehydrated skin can look dull and flaky, so as you age, your skin needs to stay hydrated to function well.
Ensure you regularly apply a topical humectant-rich formula like H20 Hydrating skinshot that contains hyaluronic acid and urea, which plump your skin, smooth rough surface texture, and improve fine lines.
Peptides in anti-ageing skincare reduce expression lines and puffiness and improve skin elasticity and texture.
These are one of the most beneficial ingredients for influencing ageing skin to behave like younger skin, so much so that we dedicated an entire article to this topic which you can read here.
DNA age delay skinshot contains copper peptides that help reverse many conditions associated with prematurely aged skin.
These potent ingredients neutralise the destructive effects of free radicals, rendering them harmless and preventing skin impairment at a cellular level.
They also help to calm inflammation in the dermis, which can cause collagen depletion.
This study (4) found that when antioxidants are topically applied, they have a protective effect and will shield against UV rays, allowing them to repair themselves naturally, so you should use antioxidants in the morning and throughout the day.
Glo antioxidant skinshot helps to visibly ward off the damage from damaging free radicals.
For further reading, this article looks at the role of antioxidants and whether or not they can reverse ageing.
To Conclude. The naked truth
You don’t need to let the prospect of ageing get you down.
Because as you can see, there are some wonderful science-backed anti ageing skin treatments that can help to turn your skin around.
Using the above ingredients in a well-thought-out skincare routine will go a long way in helping you to improve the appearance of any age-related concerns you may have.
Whilst you can get your expression lines treated with Botox or fillers, if you go overboard, you may become a distorted version of the person you are; that is not what actual skin health is all about.
You need to invest in your skin and use intelligent ingredients in a well-thought-out formula to help to maintain your youthful, vibrant glow for now and many years to come.
- Retinoids in the treatment of skin ageing: an overview of clinical efficacy and safety
Niacinamide: A B Vitamin that Improves Aging Facial Skin Appearance
Ageing-associated alterations in epidermal function and their clinical significance
- Protective effects of topical antioxidants in humans