Trick ageing skin into acting young again with these new and amazing products…
Say it with a smile
Turn that frown upside down without fretting about the wrinkles it may be causing. Shiseido Vital-Perfection Wrinklelift Cream, $179, and Wrinklelift Mask, $139, harness the powers of pure retinol, the highly effective constituent of vitamin A known to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines. When the cream is applied, its minuscule soft gel capsules pop open to give skin a smooth veil of retinol that fits into creases and lines caused by frequent smiling. In turn, these products boost cell turnover and moisture levels, plumping up the skin’s surface.
Stem cell beauty
Once again beauty and science have combined to produce the next big beauty buzz – stem cells. These may just be the secret to tricking ageing skin into acting young again. Our skin is already packed with stem cells, but as we age, we start to lose them, and by the time we hit 50, almost 98 per cent of them are lost. Stem cell beauty products are derived mainly from plants and fruits with a cocktail of proteins and amino acids. Harvested from stem cells, these proteins send a signal to your own cells to produce more collagen and elastin and ultimately fire up the rejuvenation process. Does this mean we have found the fountain of youth? Well, not really. The jury is still out about their efficacy but we still think it’s worth a try for science and beauty enthusiasts. Try: Dermaquest Hydrafirm Stem Cell 3D, $350.
For sensitive skin sufferers, active ingredients can be irritating, but thanks to Medik8 Retinol 1TR cream, $96, that’s no longer an issue. It is perfect for introducing skin to vitamin A as it is gradually released to reduce irritation. The cream also has hyaluronic acid and glycerin to boost hydration and support the skin’s natural barrier function.
Dubbed ‘superior to organic’, the new ATZEN Vita C Serum, $91, combines organic plants and vitamins with safe scientific ingredients that work. What sets this serum apart (other than the no parabens, no petrochemicals, no carcinogens and no hormone disruptors) is its lipid-soluble vitamin C ingredient. This formula enters skin cells to work inside them for better results. Skin is instantly hydrated.
If your skincare routine needs a boost, make adding vitamin A your top priority. This powerhouse ingredient increases skin cell turnover, improves skin’s texture and brightens. Get your hands on the new Environ Youth EssentiaA Vita Peptide C-Quence Serum 1, $250, and Youth EssentiaA Antioxidant Defence Crème, $221, to help skin become more comfortable with increased levels of vitamin A.
Skin renews and repairs itself overnight. The pure plant extracts that power Evolu’s Active Age-Defence Regenerative Overnight Cream, $63, include potent phytosterols derived from the subtropical oakleaf fern. These are the essential nutrients required to activate cell regeneration, helping to thicken the epidermis while you sleep. By enhancing the synthesis of collagen and elastin, this cream promotes a natural tightening effect to help restore firmness.
Combining powerhouse ingredients like BeeBio anti-ageing Manuka honey, New Zealand ponga fern, lemon oil and grapeseed extract, the BeeBio Nectar V Shaping Serum, $139, gets to work fast. Developed for the face, neck, forehead and upper chest, the serum is designed to lift, tighten and firm the skin. Apply generously morning and night to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and sagging and to leave your skin looking firmer and feeling hydrated.
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