Last week, at the Esteé Lauder Pure Envy Lipstick launch, I got the best compliment from one of the gorgeous Lauder ladies. This is how it went:
Lulu: “It’s a crime!”
Me: “What is?”
Lulu: “Your skin! It’s beautiful!”
and then she got swallowed up by the crowd and I lost her and we didn’t bump into each other for the remainder of the evening.
I must say, my skin has been looking pretty great recently, and in addition to my beloved serums and creams, I firmly believe that it is because of these 3 products:
What causes skin damage and aging?
Skin aging is a degenerative process caused by intrinsic, chronological aging which includes factors such as genetics (which only account for 10% of ageing), hormones and glycation, as well as extrinsic, environmental aging which includes UV exposure, infrared damage and pollution. An accumulation of free radicals is also a major culprit. Free radicals are oxygen-free radicals modify that damage nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids. Factors that increase free-radicals include a poor diet, pollution, stress, sun exposure and alcohol. Like me, you probably live in a city (pollution:check!), don’t eat 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day (poor diet: check!), you aren’t a vampire so that means you are exposed to the sun, even if you aren’t an avid sun worshipper (sun exposure: check!), you have a job (stress: check!) and you may have the odd glass of wine (alcohol: check!). So as you can see, even by being moderately healthy and not living a debaucherous lifestyle, you are exposed to free radicals. Eeeeek!
If you are serious about your skin’s condition, you can protect, moisturise and correct to ensure that you are doing your best! Luckily, we have help at hand in the form of topical antioxidants to protect against UV radiation, infrared radiation and air pollution, moisturisers for hydration and to replenish nutrients as well as correctors/targeted treatments like retinol.
1. If you don’t know what a derma roller is, firstly, it looks like a torture device! A derma roller is a roller that has lots of ultra-fine micro-needles (varying from 0.2mm to 2mm in length) that penetrate through the epidermis to create microscopic punctures on the skin’s surface. By opening the skin like this, you not only dramatically increase the penetration of any serum, lotion or cream, increasing its efficacy, but you also create miniature perforations that stimulate the skin’s healing mechanisms, increasing production of many important factors for a healthy skin. The length of the needle will determine your result. My dermaroller is only 0.3mm because I’m starting off slowly, and I only want to increase product penetration. The longer needles allow for controlled induction of the skin’s self repair mechanism by creating micro-“injuries” in the skin which trigger new collagen synthesis. In a nutshell, you’re creating skin trauma which signals your collagen to be produced, resulting in a fresh layer of radiant and younger looking skin. If you want to read up more about it, click here. I use my dermaroller twice a week (yes, it does hurt! The longer needles require your face to be aneathetised with a topical cream) and straight after I have rolled my skin, I apply Skinceuticals Hydrating B5.
2. Enriched with vitamin B5, known to help with tissue repair, Hydrating B5 Gel replenishes nutrients the skin needs to feel smooth and appear younger. This moisture-enhancing gel contains hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural hydrator, to bind moisture to the skin. Packed with potent ingredients, this hyaluronic acid gel moisturizes while it repairs damage. Hyaluronic acid is a natural hydrator that is capable of holding up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. This ingredient effectively binds moisture to the skin, repairing a dry, mature complexion. SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel also has vitamin B5 to replenish the skin with essential nutrients and help encourage tissue repair.
This B5 serum hydrates my skin and I love it! It is fragrance-free and doesn’t cause breakouts. I can’t say enough about this serum, as it really helps my skin to look radiant and feel nourished. It is quite pricey (R1 166 for 30ml), but I would definitely never give this guy up, because I really feel that it works. Sometimes I use it alone, or under a moisturiser, even though it maximizes the benefits of a daily moisturizer. After I have done this, I apply Skinceuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex.
3. A.G.E. Eye Complex is a three-dimensional treatment that contains a unique combination of ingredients to dramatically improve the appearance of dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness caused by intrinsic ageing. It contains Proxylane™ which reduces wrinkles and crow’s feet, Blueberry extract helps prevent future wrinkles and crow’s feet, a complex of flavonoids and synergistic peptides reduces the appearance of dark circles and diminishes puffiness and under-eye bags as well as Optical diffusers that improve radiance in tired, dull eyes.
This eye cream is really wonderful! It has almost a balmy texture, and is very rich. I apply it to my orbital bones (as per the directions) and I feel like it hydrates and soothes my eye area.
Where to get these products? Your dermatologist or beautician should be able to sell you a dermaroller, and you can find a SkinCeuticals professional here.
So there you have it ladies! My super-power-anti-aging-wrinkle-busting-combination.