What is ‘anti-ageing’ skincare and why do I need it?
In our 20s, skin cell function, renewal and turnover should be operating at their peak. Ditto for the production of collagen, which keeps skin plump and firm. As we head towards our 30s, these processes gradually begin to slow and skin can start to show the visible signs of ageing, like fine lines and a lack of firmness, especially around the eyes and expression line areas of the forehead and mouth.
Anti-ageing skincare is designed to address these signs of ageing, with specific ingredients that can help to boost skin’s firmness, increase hydration, support skin cell renewal and improve the appearance of skin by helping to clear away dead skin cells that can gather on the surface of the skin and make it appear dull.
There is a lot of chatter about AHAs. What are they?
Probably the best known of the anti-ageing ingredients, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are acids that can be derived from natural sources such as milk, sugar cane and grapes or created synthetically.
What do AHAs do?
AHAs work together to break down the intercellular glue that holds our skin cells together and helps the skin’s own exfoliation process. They work in three ways to improve skin texture, firmness and tone.
- Exfoliating – AHAs encourage skin cell renewal through the process of chemical exfoliation by removing dead skin cells to reveal newer, healthier looking skin on the surface.
- Wrinkle Reducing – As skin’s renewal process is reinvigorated and dead cells are shed, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced.
- Moisturising – AHAs improve skin texture and help with the absorption of moisturisers to improve skin’s firmness for fresher looking skin and improved radiance.
Synthetic AHAs are the key ingredients across the Elucent Anti-Ageing range. Australian made and owned, the Elucent Anti-Ageing range uses a combination of glycolic acid and lactic acid – two types of AHAs that help to improve the appearance of skin.
Glycolic acid and lactic acid – what’s the difference?
Glycolic acid is a popular AHA that’s a favourite for its exfoliation properties. It penetrates the skin and breaks down those glues we mentioned earlier that bind cells together, removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells and revealing brighter, fresher skin.
Lactic acid is another popular AHA which can be found in milk, and its moisturisation properties help to retain water in the skin. It is also a good exfoliator of dead skin cells and works well in conjunction with other AHAs.
Where do I start?
A great start to an anti-ageing skincare routine is a cleanser, day moisturiser with SPF and a night cream. The Elucent Anti-Ageing skincare range combines the visible wrinkle-reduction qualities of AHAs and the beautifying properties of a select blend of vitamins that help to improve the appearance of skin.
Elucent Anti-Ageing Gentle Cleanser, 140ml RRP $29.99.
This carefully formulated gentle facial cleanser will refresh the skin without causing dryness, while the combination of AHAs and vitamins B3 and E work together to gently exfoliate and visibly revitalise the skin.
Elucent Anti-Ageing Day Moisturiser SPF 50+ 95ml RRP $49.99.
This triple action moisturiser helps to visibly reduce wrinkles with 4% AHAs, helps maintain skin hydration by reducing water loss from the skin and helps to improve skin texture and tone with vitamin B3 and E. It also helps to protect against the damaging effects of the sun with a broad-spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen. (Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. Avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear protective clothing, hats and eyewear to further reduce risk. Frequent re-application is required.)
Elucent Anti-Ageing Night Moisturiser 50ml RRP $49.99.
This gem goes to work while you’re getting your beauty sleep. It’s a luxurious, regenerating night moisturiser with the skin refining activity of 8% AHAs combined with the goodness of vitamins B3, C and E to help reduce the visible signs of ageing and improve skin tone and firmness.
Discover the Australian made and owned Elucent range at Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist and online. It’s simple skincare that’s backed by science and not tested on animals – how skincare should be.