A guide to your anti-aging routine + myths about anti-aging skincare (Anti Aging Products)
Did you know dermatologists agree you should start using age-defying skincare in your early 20s!
This is when your skin starts to lose its collagen content and the maturing process begins.
What is collagen, though? Collagen is a structural protein in your skin (as well as your bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments). It keeps your skin looking plump and it keeps those pesky fine lines and wrinkles at bay.
Now that you know you should probably get on the anti-aging bandwagon in some way, where should you begin? Just by Googling anti-aging products, you are immediately overwhelmed with countless products promising the fountain of youth and turning back the clock.
Unfortunately, dermatologists also agree this is just not feasible. You can, however, protect your skin and slow the process through regular skincare, along with healthy lifestyle habits, so that you are looking younger than your years as you age gracefully.
The essential parts of your anti-aging skincare routine.
Prevention is the number one step - sun protection! Look after the integrity of your skin with the use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen, a broad-brimmed hat and protective clothing layers. Trust us, there is nothing healthy about a tan!
Cleansing is essential, and as your skin ages, the oil content in your skin (your skin’s natural hydration) is decreasing, so consider swapping to an oil cleanser if you don’t use one already. Our brand new cleansing oil, Velvet, has been formulated specifically as an anti-aging oil cleanser. Its hero ingredient - Australian Sandalwood Seed Oil - contains high levels of rare ximenynic acid, which has been found to have a significant impact on the skin aging process as it increases microcirculation, reduces enlarged pores and distension and discolouration of the skin and firms the skin.
A targeted serum
A serum is an essential part of an anti-aging routine - their ability to target specific issues is crucial. For example, the Dream Serum L’orange - our most potent serum - is designed specifically to restore life, hydration and brightness to tired, stressed skin. Enhanced with two power-house and highly concentrated native Australian botanical extracts – Fingerlime Caviar & Quandong. These two ingredients are loaded with antioxidants, Vitamin C, anti-inflammatory bioflavonoids, Vitamin E and phenolic acids. Both work in harmony to reveal fresh, youthful, radiant skin.
Boost with Coenzyme Q10
Incorporate active, targeted ingredients for anti-aging effects - We love to boost our anti-aging routine with the addition of POW - a powerful, age-defying Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin C, Niacinamide (Vitamin B ) & Malic Acid.
This superpower dust enhances your skincare with an instant boost of potent bio-actives. With more than 90% pure and natural Coenzyme Q10 powder - this critical antioxidant will help keep your skin looking youthful for longer, by assisting with collagen production.
When mixed with the Dream Serum L’Orange, it will carry active serum ingredients deeper into the dermis. Its unique, dry formulation ensures these active ingredients are fully skin stable and at their most effective state when mixed into the serum.
Natural retinol alternative products
Stimulate collagen production and cell turnover with the use of a natural retinol alternative.
Bounce is our 1% Bakuciol retinol alternative, part of our Ageless Routine. Offering similar benefits as retinol, but without the dryness, and skin irritation, bakuchiol is the ultimate wrinkle-busting addition to your skincare routine. This 100% natural oil delivers a high potency dose of Bakuchiol to the skin. This revolutionary, natural, anti-aging skincare agent is loaded with vitamin A – stimulating collagen production to dramatically plump and firm – creating skin that’s more elastic and youthful-looking.
We've combined this with our hand-infused Kakadu Plum oil. Loaded with Vitamin C, it's the perfect engine to deliver the invigorating effects of the Bakuchiol deep into the layers of your skin.
You can find all elements mentioned here in our Standalone Ageless Routine.
Reveal fresh, new skin underneath with a regular exfoliation routine - at least twice a week. This will stimulate your skin cells to turnover at a faster rate, lessening the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and brightening your overall complexion. Make sure you select a gentle chemical cleanser, rather than a heavy physical exfoliation, which can further damage sensitive, fragile skin. Try the UnMask Detoxifying Superfood Mask, part of our Nourishing Routine, which not only gently exfoliates your skin to dramatically improve the appearance of age spots and fine lines, but provides an instant boost of hydration to give you smooth, soft skin.
Use a hydrating face mist
Your skin needs all the hydration it can get as it ages and loses its ability to retain it’s own natural moisture. With the use of a facial mist, that will not only help to carry the active ingredients of your skincare routine deep into your skin, but it will also help to seal in the moisture. Plus, take your facial mist with you and spritz your face throughout the day whenever you need! We love the Cushion Hydro Essence, packed full of ultra-hydrating plant essences.
This is the final step in our Standalone Ageless Routine.
Myths about anti-aging skincare cream
Let’s take a look at 5 myths about anti-aging skincare routines that you may have heard and took as gospel over the years. Some of these might surprise you!
Myth: The pricier the product, the better the result
Truth: It's not necessarily the cost of the skin care product that determines its effectiveness — it's what's in it. Ingredients like Vitamin C and Bakuchiol are incredibly effective and won't cost the earth! Read more about these active ingredients in our Ageless Routine.
Myth: Anti-aging skin care products always irritate the skin.
Truth: Have you been afraid to try an anti-wrinkle skin care product because you're afraid it will make your skin red, irritated, or flaky? There is some truth to this, but that doesn't mean that you can't reduce wrinkles to look younger. For example, if you are using retinol and find it too irritating, swap to a natural alternative like bakuchiol in our Bounce Serum.
Myth: Once you see improvement, you can stop using anti-aging products
Truth: Once you've gotten the results you want — to look younger and reduce wrinkles — you may think you can ditch your products and just enjoy that glow. But you should continue using some aspect of your anti-aging skin care products after you see results in order to maintain them, as well as to combat the ongoing effects of UV rays and break down of collagen as you age.
Myth: You should use anti-aging skin care products all over
Truth: It's not that anti-aging skin care products won't work well on the rest of your body. It's just that you might go broke using them that way. An effective anti-aging skincare routine for the face may be effective in promoting youthful-looking skin all over, but it's not a cost-effective solution.
Myth: The more products you use, the better.
Truth: There's a common belief that if a little bit is good, more must be better. But when it comes to anti-aging skin care products, that isn't necessarily the case. There are diminishing returns at higher doses, meaning that more product doesn't translate to more improvement in your skin. In fact, there's an increased risk of irritation that you should be concerned about, so don't overdo it on any anti-aging skin care product.