WHEN DO YOU KNOW IT'S TIME TO SWITCH TO AN ANTI-AGING MOISTURIZER?
Ever heard the saying if it is not broke, do not fix it? Well, unfortunately that does not apply to the world of skincare. When it comes to taking care of our skin, switching things up is not only recommended, it is actually necessary to prolong the health and vitality of your skin. As we age, our skin needs change. It becomes drier, less elastic, and age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles start to appear.
So, what can you do to slow down the aging process and preserve the youthfulness of your skin? Enter: anti-aging moisturizers - the number one product you should incorporate into your skincare regime as you age. But what is an anti-aging moisturizer anyway? Is it really all that different from a standard cream? And how do you know when it is time to make the switch? We looked to the experts to get the scoop.
What is an anti-aging moisturizer?
The foremost purpose of an anti-aging moisturizer is to decelerate the aging process, whether it will be to prevent fine lines from becoming more pronounced or to preserve the skin’s elasticity. Although anti-aging moisturizers can also treat existing concerns such as helping to lighten age spots or smoothing the appearance of wrinkles, they are primarily formulated to prevent rather than to treat.
How do anti-aging moisturizers differ from conventional moisturizers?
While anti-aging moisturizers and conventional moisturizers are similar in that they both help hydrate the skin, they differ in terms of composition. There are an abundance of anti-aging moisturizers on the market formulated for a host of different skin types and areas of concern. Some common ingredients in anti-aging moisturizers include antioxidants, peptides, exfoliating acids, and retinol.
On the other hand, standard moisturizers contain simpler, more basic ingredients such as humectants (water-binders) and emollients (to restore the skin’s natural oils), which work solely by replenishing the skin’s moisture levels. Although an optimally hydrated skin is less likely to show signs of aging as quickly, anti-aging moisturizers contain more sophisticated and powerful active-ingredients. Using a specifically designed anti-aging cream helps foster regeneration at the cellular level leaving your complexion rejuvenated and radiant.
Are anti-aging moisturizers really effective?
If you are contemplating whether anti-aging moisturizers can actually yield results, a clinical trial conducted to evaluate the efficacy of anti-aging products indicated that they most certainly can. A study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology found that anti-aging products can effectively , reduce transepidermal water loss, and dramatically increase the moisturization of the skin. Since the skin loses its ability to retain moisture as we age, it is important to choose an anti-aging cream that can not only counteract aging signs but that will also replenish the skin’s moisture levels. The Blue Therapy Cream-In-Oil is the perfect anti-aging moisturizer for dehydrated skin. Formulated with Marine ConnectumTM, a sulfated sugar which fights against dehydration, and natural oils, this cream nourishes and repairs the skin restoring its bounce and making it smooth.
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When should I start using an anti-aging moisturizer?
It is normal to be confused about when you should make the switch from a regular moisturizer to an anti-aging formula. We recommend that women reassess their skin periodically and refine their skincare routine accordingly. While factors like genetics, sun exposure, and skincare habits all impact how the skin ages, the mid-20s are generally a good time to start being proactive about anti-aging. According to dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross, research indicates that the skin’s two structural proteins - collagen and elastin - start to deplete as early as age 25. Since these proteins are responsible for keeping the skin taut, resilient, and elastic, it is vital to counteract this loss with the or mid-20s.
What to look for in an anti-aging moisturizer?
With the seemingly endless array of anti-aging moisturizers on the market, it is hard to decipher which ingredients to look out for to get the best result. Dr. Joely Kaufman, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine favours retinoids, antioxidants, growth factors, and peptides, explaining that they provide a daily stimulation of collagen and cell turnover, which helps accelerate the repairing process and makes the skin look brighter and smoother. Formulated with a number of targeted ingredients like algae and a. flos-aquae (also known as blue retinol), the Blue Therapy Night is the . The oil-in-water dispersion texture helps protect against dryness whilst providing visible signs of aging recovery so pores look tightened and skin feels smoother by morning.
How to choose the right anti-aging moisturizer?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, no product can treat every sign of skin aging, so it is important to look for a product that targets your primary concern and give it a few weeks to work before judging its efficacy. As well, you should also take your skin type into consideration. For instance, dermatologist Dr. Lauren Eckert Ploch reports that about half of her patients in their 30s are struggling with both wrinkles and adult acne simultaneously and thus, would not be able to tolerate wrinkle treatments designed for more mature skin as they tend to be heavier formulas that can aggravate acne. In this case, opting for an is best such as the Blue Therapy Accelerated Cream. A gel that will not leave the skin feeling greasy or sticky, it helps prevent damage caused by external aging accelerators to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and enhance firmness.
So if you have been using the same moisturizer since your early teens and are now well into middle age, it is time to refine your skincare routine. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and make that switch!