The history of make-up and skincare can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, where beauty was taken as a sign of holiness. Ancient Egyptian women used to mix sodium bicarbonate or natron in their bathing water or soaked their bodies in pools filled with this mixture.
The ancient Greek civilisation introduced the importance of moisturising your skin to keep it youthful. Greek women massaged their skin with honey and lemon scrub, and soaked their bodies in pools of extra virgin essential oils at least once a week. Similarly, ancient Indian anti-ageing treatments were based on oral medicines and organic skincare masks. Sandalwood and turmeric were not only used during ancient Indian times, but are equally important in modern Indian treatments, like Ayurveda.
Modern cosmetology supports the idea of testing and formulating different combinations of organic ingredients. However, not all anti-ageing products are suitable for your specific skin type. The following are the most important factors to consider when purchasing an anti-ageing product.
Texture of the Product
Anti-ageing products are available in thick moisturising creams, rehydrating gels and facial/under-eye serums. Thick moisturising creams or lotions serve to rehydrate dry, ageing skin- however; these creams do not dry off completely, leaving your skin greasy. Light textured creams dry off easily and do not make your skin appear or feel greasy. If you have oily skin, then light textured creams can be more suitable for your skin type.
An effective anti-ageing skincare product can:
- Remove free radicals
- Improve nutrient absorption
- Remove build-up of dead skin cells
- Remove toxins
- Repair damaged cells
- Increase moisture retention
- Increase the production of collagen
Collagen is the natural protein in our skin, muscles, tendons and bones. It gives our skin elasticity and strength, along with replacing dead skill cells. Collagen also prevents signs of ageing such as wrinkles, Turkey neck, fine lines etc.
Collagen can either be injected directly into your skin in a procedure known as dermal filler or by topical application of collagen-based anti-ageing products.
An ideal anti-ageing product would serve to keep you ever-young. Common ingredients used to maximise the results of these products are:
Hyaluronic Acid – It increases collagen production and retains water in skin cells. One gram of Hyaluronic Acid can retain up to six litres of water in your skin.
Argan Oil – It is highly effective in maintaining the natural moisture in your skin and restoring elasticity. Argan oil or Argan extract prevents your skin from drying and repairs dead skin cells.
Baobab Oil – Among all essential oils, Baobab oil is the only ingredient which is used in the treatment of skin cancer. It is also highly effective for treating other skin issues such as psoriasis, eczema, Actenic keratosis, bed sores and other dry skin diseases. It is a rich source of Vitamin C which is required to repair damaged skin cells. Baobab oil can also increase your skin’s natural ability to fight against free radicals and other dangerous pollutants found in the environment. If your anti-ageing product does not contain Baobab Oil, then make sure that it has other ingredients rich in Vitamin C.
Cassia Essential Oil – As a natural anti-microbial and anti-viral, cassia essential oil is an effective ingredient for protecting your skin against environmental pollutants and toxins. It also protects the skin against fungal infections while increasing blood circulation in our capillaries. It helps keep your skin soft, smooth and healthy.
Effective anti-ageing products include fruit vitamins to relieve the effect of environmental stressors. 100% natural anti-ageing products are more suitable for keeping your skin young and healthy looking.
Skin and Age Suitability
Some anti-ageing products may contain harmful ingredients like formaldehydes and phthalates. These anti-ageing creams may have an increased cell turnover and repair rate – however, this effect is not long-lasting. Such products can also irritate your skin and decrease its natural ability to repair and grow. 100% natural skin care products such as these by Nakin Skincare increase your skin’s natural ability to grow, repair and shed dead cells – making them suitable for all skin types and for all ages.
Along with using anti-ageing products, it is also essential to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. Apply sunscreen faithfully before leaving your home during the daytime. Drink lots of water and establish a beauty routine before going to bed, which includes cleansing and moisturising. With these tips, you will be able to choose the most effective anti-ageing skin care products for soft, smooth and youthful skin.