[By Anna Laurie]
It’s a no brainer that every woman would want to have firm and young looking skin at any age. But have you ever asked yourself at what length would you go to get it? At the moment, short of drastic surgical enhancement and totally weird out treatments such as those involving bird poop and leeches, I’m game to try ways to restore glow and youth to the skin— so long as they are safe, effective and scientifically proven with undeniable results. What better way to go about this than to harvest the goodness of ‘key ingredients’ in skincare products which can be incorporated into your daily regime to ward off pesky signs of aging?
What it is: Hyaluronic acid is what keeps our skin well hydrated and youthful looking. It’s a naturally occurring substance in our skin that helps maintained skin’s moisture level and hence it’s suppleness and elasticity.
What it does: Hyaluronic acid is able to hold up to a thousand times its own weight in water, thus producing amazing benefits for dehydrated skin. It hydrates and plumps dry aging skin by drawing water to the skin. For best results, it can be used liberally wherever your skin is dry and needs hydrating. In addition, Hyaluronic acid isn’t irritating and wouldn’t compromise the effectiveness of other skincare ingredients which you may be using together with it.The molecule, however, is quite large and can’t fully penetrate the outer layers of the skin to fill wrinkles when used topically.
Give it a try: Just like your diet, one ingredient isn’t enough to keep you healthy. Designed to improve skin tone and boost firmness so that your skin looks gorgeous even sans makeup, Sloane Inc Miracle Lift is bursting with Hyaluronic Acid and other age-defying ingredients such as collagen and Vitamin B3. This feather-weight formula works wonders on your skin, leaving it glowing, smooth and lifted, and is as close to “youth in a bottle” as you’ll get!
As an injectable, hyaluronic acid works as a skin booster, plumping drawn out faces by filling wrinkles and fine lines . Because it’s already naturally present in our bodies, hyaluronic acid is a safer alternative to synthetic ingredients and is highly unlikely to be rejected as a foreign substance.
Targeted to lift and hydrate tired and lacklustre skin at the same time, the cutting edge Revitalift is a safe and efficient procedure for replenishing one’s natural store of Hyaluronic acid. Thanks to an exclusive patented bio-synthesis process, the pure hyaluronic acid used is highly identical to our own skin’s polymer, and hence maintains high bio-compatibility and is readily incorporated for exceedingly natural looking results. With nary any downtime, results are apparent even after the first treatment, with optimal outcome achieved after 3 to 6 sessions done at monthly interval.
What it is: A vitamin A derivative
What it does: Retinols penetrate deep within the dermis and evoke stimulation right where collagen fibers are created. It is considered one of the most miraculous ingredients for smoothing the texture of the skin, softening lines and wrinkles. In addition, it increases the rate of turnover of skin cells and thus tackles skin discolouration caused by UV rays and helps to unclog pores. In fact, Tretinoin was the first retinoid approved by the FDA to treat wrinkles. Using retinols can improve the firmness of skin, reverse signs of sun and environmental damage, treat acne, reduce hyperpigmentation, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles.
Give it a try:A potent but gentle preparation that can be used nightly to fight visible signs of aging is the aptly named, Sloane Inc. Age Defy. Combining Tretinoin with a powerful, natural moisturizing agent, it not only fights wrinkles, but also effectively tones, lifts and firms the skin.Pair this with Sloane Inc Vitamin A Eye Renewal Cream, an anti-aging formulation that reduces puffiness, sagging, and fine lines in the undereye areas. Containing vitamin A and skin soothing microspheres, this peepers reviving cream works overtime to counter signs of fatigue, irritation, and age; intensely hydrates and smoothens the oft-neglected eye zone.
What it is: In the top layer of our skin, ceramides which are lipid molecules in abundance within cell membranes hold skin cells together to form a protective barrier that helps to lock in and retain moisture at optimal levels.
What it does: Ceramides are used to replenish the natural lipids that are lost from normal aging, sun damage, exposure to harsh environmental factors and the use of drying products. They restore moisture and help rebuild the skin’s natural barrier, thereby protecting it against harmful foreign elements. They are particularly effective in treating eczema by forming a protective film to ward off allergens and offer deeply intensive moisturization at the same time.
Give it a try: The Sloane Inc Luminizing II is the perfect thirst quencher for dehydrated or sensitive skins. Developed with a dual approach to treating skin, this non-comedogenic formula deeply hydrates skin and boosts dermal immune system to increase skin health and overall resilience with key ingredients such as ceramides, wheat germ oil, safflower oil and squalane. Its innovative clog-free, fast-penetrating formulation ensures that skin is moisturized from within, without leaving a greasy trail on skin’s surface so complexion looks luminous and dewy fresh both day and night!
What it is: Peptides are segments of active proteins that send messages to cells and instruct them to behave in certain ways. In the skin, peptides may signal elastin production leading to increased or restored skin elasticity or prompt skin to heal itself after a wound.
What it does: Peptides are commonly used in anti-aging products as building blocks to signal the production of collagen, alleviate redness or signal muscles relaxation thereby minimizing wrinkles.
Give it a try: Because the undereye skin is thinner to begin with, our eyes often bear the brunt of the first signs of aging. Like an energy drink for the eyes, the Sloane Inc Oxygen Eye Serum erases dark eye circles and brightens your peepers instantly. Thanks to a potent concoction of soy peptides, hexapeptides and hyalouronic acid, it’ll leave your eyes looking livelier with fewer lines through religious use.
What it is: Alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid are classes of organic acids that act as useful exfoliants. AHAs are derived from fruit and milk and include glycolic acid (sugar cane), lactic acid (milk), and malic acid (apples and pears) among others. In cosmetics, BHA refers exclusively to salicylic acid, which is derived from plants.
What they do:These acids loosen the bonds between the complexion dulling dead skin cells that accumulate with age, so they can be shed, leading to improved texture and more even skin colour with added radiance to boost. On top of all that, they also enhance the reparative mechanism of skin cells, allowing other anti-aging ingredients to penetrate faster and work more effectively.
Give it a try: The Sloane Inc Sleeping Peel is an oil-free Aloe Vera gel with 15% Glycolic acid and is highly beneficial for non-sensitive, normal to oily, and even blemished skin types. In addition to its anti-aging effect of increasing the rate of natural dead skin exfoliation to promote moisturization by renewal of native skin collagen, it effectively controls oil and helps fight bacteria to keep breakouts in check.
As skin rejuvenating techniques become more and more complicated over the years with medical advancement, chemical peels in prescriptive strength remain a tried and tested age-old staple for those in the know.In the hands of a skilled physician, Professional Chemical Peels are cost effective, minimally invasive beauty treats with a slew of skin benefits. Customised individually to suit your particular skin type, colour and needs, a singular or blend of AHAs and BHAs can be employed to return your peau to its soft, supple state.You’ll begin to see improvements after just one session but a series of treatments will lead to more significant and visible changes to the appearance of your skin. By stimulating collagen and elastin renewal, improving fine lines, reducing pore size, lightening superficial acne marks and blending out uneven skin tone, Professional Chemical Peels may be your perfect answer to frills free, low key skincare maintenance.
* Selected as Editor’s Choice Apr 2016*