By Rajat Mathur, Manager Education, Kiehl’s India
Aging can be a tough pill to swallow, and an even tougher pill to address the right way when it comes unexpectedly. However, no one can defy time and its ways of showing up on your skin – through wrinkles, fine lines, and patchy skin.
In these challenging times, taking care of one’s skin in the right way and with the right ingredients is essential. A lot of times we tend to go for popular brands based on the celebrity’s endorsements or the number of times we’ve seen their advertisements, however, we have little to no understanding of what truly goes into them. To make things easier, we have curated a list of effective anti-aging skincare ingredients just for you.
Phytomimetic Vitamin A
Vitamin A (a popular derivative is Retinol) helps decrease fine lines as well as wrinkles. This happens because Retinol helps increase the production of collagen, which in turn is beneficial for skin elasticity. In the unique Phytomimetic Vitamin, A formula helps visibly diminish wrinkles and visibly renew skin’s surface for a smoother, more refined appearance.
Retinol may be used as early as the mid-20s where it can help maintain the skin’s youthful look. As one age, retinol is an important ingredient for any anti-aging routine as it can help improve the visible signs of aging while also delaying the appearance of more advanced signs of aging.
Dosage – While every skin is unique in its compatibility with this gold standard ingredient, for beginner’s usage it is recommended to start thrice a week, preferably during the night. However, it can be increased to daily use eventually based on your skin’s receptiveness.
Any retinol serum or cream with retinol extracts will have this essential ingredient in it. For beginners, retinol with lower potencies should be used and for regular use, retinol with higher potencies can be used.
Method of Use – You should follow the basic steps of cleansing and hydrate before applying any retinol cream or serum. In the case of some formulas, we can even use moisturizers before the application of a serum.
ProxylaneGX, also known as Proxylane, is a patented biomolecule made using green chemistry that rebuilds and reinforces the skin’s extra-cellular support matrix. In products that are anti-aging and multi-tasking, there is an immediate proactive technological effort going into the corrective creams that have ProxylaneGX as their main ingredient.
Dosage – For beginners, depending on the formula mix it can be used as part of a daily skincare routine. However, the frequency of use can be analyzed based on your skin’s personal needs. One can start using this in their early 20s. The basis on consumer feedback, this formula is considered safe to be used and can help repair and restore your skin’s original glow and hydration.
ProxylaneGX can be found in Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective cream. However, its parent origin formula, Proxylane can be found in various products across the globe.
As beginner users, you can use a small amount. Take a pea size blob on your finger and apply it evenly to your face and neck.
Method of Use – You should follow the basic steps of cleansing, recommend using a mild non-stripping, paraben-free formula, and then use a cream that has the ProxylaneGX formula in it.
Antioxidants are essential for our skin, as they protect us from the damage caused by UV rays and daily pollution. One such useful high-level antioxidant is a polyphenol, known as the Diamond of the forest, Chaga Mushroom is rich in antioxidants and helps to control the overproduction of melanin. One main ingredient that is rich with polyphenols and works wonders on your skin is Chaga Mushroom.
Dosage – One can start using this in their late 20’s or early 30’s. For beginners, this ingredient can easily be accommodated as part of your daily skin routine. Using two pea-sized portions on your face is enough to do wonders to your skin and prevent wrinkles and fine lines.
Chaga mushroom is a powerhouse for your skin and can be found in a cream formula in general.
Method of Use – You should follow the basic steps of cleansing with a foaming Paraben-free face wash and then use a cream that has the ProxylaneGX formula in it.
Micro Filtered Yeast Extract
When processed effectively, this ingredient contains a high percentage of essential fatty acids. Acts as an emollient with antioxidant properties and helps visibly lift the skin and tighten your pores leaving you with smooth, soft, and supple skin.
Dosage: You can use it twice every day. People in their mid 20’s can start using products that have this ingredient.
Method of use- Avoid the eye area and use it twice daily after cleansing your face with a Paraben-free face wash.
Geranium Essential Oils
Geranium Essential Oil is steam-distilled to help isolate its most potent components. Our formula, is known to help firm your skin and provide antioxidant protection and adds that extra effort your skin needs to be flawless and forever radiant.
Geranium Essential Oils are an important ingredient in many products on the market such as Kiehl’s Precision Lifting and Pore Tightening Concentrate.
Dosage- You can use it twice daily in a concentrated formula. People who are in their mid-20s should have skincare products with Geranium Essential Oils as their main ingredient.
Method of use- Take a pea-sized amount on your hand and lather and rise properly. Always use a Paraben-free face wash as they are gentler on your skin.
We hope that the pointers above help you identify the correct formulas and ingredients to look out for while shopping for your skincare needs. These are five ingredients that make your skin firmer, more even-toned, and improved!