How To Pick The Right Anti-Ageing Ingredient
Ageing no longer means that you have to contend with a salt-and-pepper mane and a face full of folds. Now, with the plethora of anti-ageing creams and serums readily available in the market, you can maintain suppleness and youthfulness for a longer period of time (that is, if you start your regime before the symptoms of ageing become prominent). But, not all anti-ageing products are the same.
There are three ingredients that are used in this category of cosmeceuticals. It's important to pick the correct one, based on your skin type, and age. If you're trying to figure out which anti-ageing product is the right one for you, see which of these three it has:
Vitamin-C: Vit-C serums are the new rage in our pursuit of that "glowing skin." It is the safest of all the ingredients, and is good for those starting their anti-ageing regime. Apt for those in the age group 27 to 40 years, who have sensitive skin, Vit-C serum can be purchased without a doctor's prescription. That said, you can't just slather it on callously like it's cold cream or coconut oil! Watch the video below to see the right way of applying Vit-C serum:
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA): There are several types of AHA, which is a group of acids found in nature - plants such as sugar cane, and grapes; some from animals; and some from lactose. A couple of these are used to make skin care products. If you are over 35 years of age, and have oily or dry skin (non-sensitive), then AHA is the way to go. AHA is slightly stronger than Vit-C. So, when you do start using the product, start with alternate days, and then build up, based on how it's working for you. Do remember, though, that with AHA, it is important to check the percentage. If a product has less than 10% AHA, you can go ahead and use it on your own. Anything above 10%, consult a dermatologist before starting.
Retinol: Retinol, that is, Vitamin A, is the most potent of the three, and is recommended for those above 40 years of age. Because of its potency, it must be used under medical supervision. If you have rosacea, eczema or psoriasis, steer clear of this ingredient. Though retinol-based products are plenty, and growing, all of them are not the same. For example, there's an OTC variety, which is presumably the ingredient in anti-ageing products sold by cosmetic brands. Then, there's Retin-A, which is stronger, sold on prescription, and used for acne as well as anti-ageing. This is why it is crucial that you consult a dermatologist before you start using one.
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