Cosmetic products can be divided in two categories: universal products, which are suitable for all skin types and ages, and anti-aging products, which are designed for use at a certain age. In turn, age-specific cosmetics can be further categorized into subgroups. Most often, these represent the age periods of 20-25, 30-35, 40-50 years and older.
Anti-Aging Care in Early 20s
Speaking of skin care for those of age 20-25, it’s important to point out that the most attention should be paid to moisturizing.
Regularly moisturizing your skin is essential to ensure its health and beauty. Well-chosen cosmetics will help to maintain the water balance of your skin, which is responsible for the skin’s smoothness and natural shine. Unless properly moisturized at a young age, it will get older more quickly and develop age spots.
Before 35, I don’t recommend overloading your skin with all sorts of additional active substances. Otherwise, it will simply stop resisting the environment and fighting adverse external effects. That way, you will doom yourself to a life of supporting your beauty artificially.
Anti-Aging Care After 40
After 40, anti-aging care is absolutely necessary. This is when you need to stop relying on cosmetics to preserve your youth. Visiting a professional cosmetologist and a personalized care routine are now a must.
Ingredients in Anti-Aging Products
Getting back to anti-aging cosmetics, it should be said that usually it’s multi-functional, providing nutrition, moisturizing and skin protection. Here are the essential ingredients that have to be included in a good anti-aging product.
Any fruit acid creates a light peeling effect. It cleanses the skin of dead cells and brightens it. Fruit acids have an exfoliating, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory function. In addition, they stimulate the formation of collagen, which acts as a building block for the skin’s connective tissue.
Fruit acids include malic, tartaric, lactic, citric and glycolic acid. In the ingredients list, anti-aging cosmetics will have fruit acids labeled as AHAs.
Vitamin A (or retinol) boosts metabolic processes and stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis. Retinol is particularly useful for dry, maturing and problematic skin. That’s why, starting from age 35, women need vitamin A to preserve youth and beauty.
Antioxidants are significant components present in cosmetic products, which protect your skin from the impact of free radicals. What contributes to the generation of free radicals are oxidation processes, radiation and ultraviolet light. Put in another way, everything we are exposed to daily.
The most common antioxidants in cosmetics are tocopherol (vitamin E), citric acid (vitamin C), coenzyme Q10 and green tea extracts.
Additional Anti-Aging Solutions
While things are more or less clear with anti-aging cosmetics, let’s talk about another equally important factor when it comes to preserving beauty and youth, which is healthy nutrition.
Nutrition should be exactly that, healthy and balanced, since some particularly strict diets and quick weight-loss plans may noticeably affect your skin and result in it becoming excessively dry.
Remember, it’s your own face! Doing irreparable damage to your body in a quest to lose a couple of kilograms is not an acceptable trade-off.
Nutrition and Skin
The skin, like our whole organism, gets its nutrition mainly from inside and only secondarily from cosmetics and procedures. That is why rule number one is to never eat on the move, especially fast-food. Any kind of heavy snacks are enemies to our youth and healthy complexion.
Fruits, vegetables, natural juices, dairy and green tea are what will help you look great.
Vitamins A and E help slow down skin aging processes and can be found in plant oils, seeds, eggs, avocados and nuts.
Don’t be afraid to add onion and garlic to your dishes; they make your skin smoother. To keep your skin soft and tender, consume sardines, pumpkin seeds and oysters.
Iron, which helps to maintain the skin tone, can be obtained from veal, chicken or mutton liver, celery, wheat bran, parsley and, of course, apples.
And last but not the least, sound sleep. Getting enough sleep is the key to your great looks.
The requirements for preserving your beauty are not as complex or costly as they might seem at first. The most important thing to do is choose a suitable routine and structure it together with your lifestyle, so you can forget about aging for the rest of your days!
Your Dr. Nona