The truth about active ingredients

Sunscreen with Blue Light protection

When you consider that unprotected sun exposure is responsible for 80% of all premature ageing you soon realise that a high protection factor sunscreen is the most powerful anti-ageing product around.

Skin Renewal Tip: A good sunscreen will protect you from UVA and UVB rays, but the best kind will also include antioxidants to help shield you from free-radical encouraging Blue Light. 

Heliocare Gel SPF 50 R325

Lamelle Helase Photo-Repair Cream SPF 50 R525

 
Retinol

A potent form of vitamin A, retinol is still the gold standard when it comes to proven anti-ageing ingredients. It stimulates collagen production to keep your skin looking firmer and less wrinkled for longer. Better yet, it encourages your skin cells to regenerate at a faster rate to reveal a more evenly-toned complexion.

Skin Renewal Tip: Due to its exfoliation-like effect, retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. This is why it’s best to use at night and never skip applying sunscreen during the day.

SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 R1 365

NeoStrata Skin Active Retinol + NAG Complex R1 796


Exfoliating acids

Physical scrubs often aren’t ‘scrubby’ enough or they’re so harsh they can cause micro-tears in your skin. Eek! Rather choose a chemical exfoliator. These will contain enzymes or exfoliating acids like glycolic or lactic acid that can slough away dead skin cells and reveal a more radiant-looking skin. Regular exfoliation will also help any other products you apply penetrate deeper into your skin.

Skin Renewal Tip: Again, much like retinol, exfoliating acids and enzymes increase your skin’s sun sensitivity making them something you’d use at night while being vigilant about sunscreen in the day.

Lamelle Correctives Cathepzyme R575

NeoStrata Resurface Smooth Surface Daily Peel 10 AHA R968

Hyaluronic acid

Craving more moisture? Hyaluronic acid – also known as HA – is your new bestie. Also, don’t be thrown off by the word “acid”. This isn’t the exfoliating kind but an ultra-hydrating substance that occurs naturally in your skin. It has the ability to attract and hold up to a thousand times its weight in water, making it a mega-hydrator. If you’re looking to deeply hydrate your skin in a way that can even plump up fine lines, you’ll definitely want a HA serum in your artillery.

Skin Renewal Tip: If your skin is feeling dry, don’t attempt to remedy it by switching to a thicker, heavier-feeling day or night cream. Simply apply a HA serum underneath your regular moisturizer to dramatically bump up its hydration factor!

Lamelle Correctives HA Plus Serum R680



SkinCeutical H.A. Intensifier R1 875

The bottom line

If you’re going to invest in time and money in creating an anti-ageing skincare routine, don’t waste either. A chat with any of our highly-skilled therapists or doctors can help determine your skincare needs and goals. They’ll then be able to help you put together a powerful line-up that contains the best active ingredients in the right concentration. This way, you don’t have to play an expensive guessing game of hit-and-miss. You’ll be on the fast track to rejuvenated, healthy-looking skin and very visible results that will speak for themselves.

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Sharon Izak Elaine
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