[By Amelia Summers]
There’ll come a point in her life when it becomes a life-long quest for every woman to want to have firm and young looking skin for as long as she can see her reflection in the mirror. But have you ever asked yourself at what length would you go to achieve this? 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. To preserve your youthful looks for as long a period of time as possible, there’s no better way to go about this as to harvest the goodness of ‘key ingredients’ added to skincare products. By knowing what can be incorporated into your daily regime to ward off pesky signs of aging, you’re well on your way towards looking your very best at any given age.
Key ingredient #1: Hyaluronic acid
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 its 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, the CHAI PURE GOLD Youth Reset Serum is a pure anti-aging hyaluronic acid serum powered with pure 24 Karat Gold extracts and boosted with vitamin E to soothe, nourish and regenerate aging skins. Fighting against skin’s fragility caused by environmental stressors such as pollution, change of seasons and travel, ithelps to improve skin’s elasticity and suppleness, leaving it positively glowing and smooth. The pure 24K Gold combination notably decreases inflammation and improves circulation of skin, calming sensitive ones and restoring normalcy to combination skins which are dry on the surface but oily on the inside.
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 lackluster 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.
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Key ingredient #2: Retinol
What it is: A vitamin A derivative
What it does: Retinol penetrates 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 discoloration 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, SW1 AGE DEFY, a rejuvenating and anti-aging lotion which combines retinol with a powerful, natural moisturizing agent packed full of hyaluronic acid and vital collagen.The CHAI GOLD OIL RETINOL Vitamin A Anti-aging Neck Treatment touts itself as an age-defying treatment that combines the essence of pure 24-carat gold with the prowess of antioxidants and essential fatty acids harvested from natural botanicals to enhance our skin’s elasticity, firmness & smoothness for effective skin rejuvenation. Infused with retinol which has been shown in studies to have anti-aging, anti-wrinkle properties, GOLD OIL is specifically designed for the neck area which is thinner, more delicate and has fewer resident oil glands. These products therefore not only fights wrinkles, but also effectively tones, lifts and firms skin while delivering long-lasting hydration, to repair and rejuvenate while you sleep!
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Key ingredient #3: Ceramides
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 SW1 LUMINIZING II Replenishing & Moisturizing Cream 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.
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Key ingredient #4: Peptides
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: Treat your skin to a revitalizing blast of oxygenating ingredients with the CHAI OXYGEN FACIAL Purifying Oxygen Mask to revive fatigued, sallow skin and achieve fresh-from-the-shower, dewy glow. Pure stabilized oxygen complex delivers star ingredients such as vital peptides, vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids to breathe new life into lackluster complexions, instantly leaving skin soothed, glowing and refreshed. Ginseng extracts provides additional oxygen boost, energizing fatigued complexions to bring back the coveted glow of youthful-looking skins.
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Key ingredient #5: AHA/BHA
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 color 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 SW1SLEEP MODE Skin Renewing & Smoothening Gelis 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. Customized individually to suit your particular skin type, color and needs, a singular or blend of AHAs and BHAs such as 20% Glycolic Acid, 30% Lactic Acid and 20% Salicylic Acid 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.