There is a certain point in every woman’s life when the mirror is no longer her BFF. Yes, this is mildly dramatic, but there will, unfortunately, come a day when she will start to notice things she may not particularly like.
If you are no longer in your 20s, that ship might have already sailed for you. Or, it may be fastly approaching, but it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom as we age. No, it really doesn’t. There are things we can do, thankfully, to circumvent said D-day from throwing us into picking apart our flaws and imperfections.
Viva La Skin Care Revolution!
With all of the innovations in skin care technology, luckily there are a plethora of products, treatments, ointments, serums and creams galore to help with everything from sun damage to adult onset acne, to deep lines and wrinkles. There are things we can apply topically to our skin that can organically reduce the visible effects that aging has on our bodies and skin.
For example, did you know that as you age, your body stops producing as much collagen and elastin as it did when you were younger? What does that mean for your skin? Collagen and Elastin are the structural and fundamental building blocks of your skin that keep your face firm and toned and plump.
It is so important to maintain this production to keep a youthful appearance. Hence, why thousands of women spend hundreds of dollars getting fillers and injections at their dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s office. But, is that the path you want to take? It’s definitely a short term fix to a long term problem; a band aid solution at most.
The key to all of this anti-aging lies within two words: prevent and repair. Doesn’t it seem simple? Now, realistically, it’s probably impossible to completely prevent and repair any and all signs of aging or damage to your skin, but if you shoot for the moon you might hit a star, right?
With that thought in mind we are going to explore the world of firming facial creams, and the ingredients in them that are sure fire ways to get the upper hand on maintaining youthful, healthy looking skin.
To start, let's talk about a firming facial cream. What is it exactly? Well, it’s exactly what the name suggests. It is a moisturizer, or cream, that is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants that will help to tone and firm your skin. This is important because as mentioned, we start slowly declining in the amount of collagen and elastin naturally produced in our bodies as we age. This leads to thinner, saggier looking skin and can cause us to look years older. There are five key ingredients you want to be on the lookout for when choosing a firming facial cream.
Alpha hydroxy acid/AHA is a type of acid known as an exfoliating acid, and targets the epidermis and dead skin cells, able to penetrate deeper into the dermis for exfoliating and cleansing. This of course fights to reduce the visibility of fine lines and deep wrinkles on the face by plumping and filling out the skin. Glycolic acid is made from plants like sugarcane, and is considered to be a humectant. This means that it will not only exfoliate your skin, it will simultaneously keep it hydrated.
Botanical Hyaluronic Acid
Comes from the Cassia plant and works by nourishing, hydrating, and protecting the skin. There are few skin care ingredients as highly praised as hyaluronic acid for it’s anti-aging capabilities. Hyaluronic acid is actually a sugar which is naturally found in our bodies, most prevalently in the skin. As we mature, our bodies begin to get depleted of hyaluronic acid, and that’s why it is important to add it back topically.
HA is also a humectant, and can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. This ability keeps the skin ultra hydrated. Restoring the hyaluronic acid in your skin will result in a youthful glow, while simultaneously plumping and filling out fine lines and wrinkles on your face to reduce their appearance. It is as important as collagen is to maintaining a youthful facial structure.
Like collagen and elastin, act as the building blocks of good skin. Your skin requires healthy amounts of proteins to preserve a healthy structure and appearance, and the peptides are responsible for maintaining that structure and firmness even when collagen and elastin deplete with age.
Collagen is what keeps the skin on the face toned and firm and filled out. As we get older, collagen is another protein that starts to decline in production naturally in our bodies. When this happens, we begin to notice things like sagging skin and the typical characteristics associated with aging.
Peptides help to reduce these signs of aging for ultimately a more youthful appearance. One of the most ground breaking peptides to look for in a moisturiser is called Matrixyl.
Matrixyl is a revolutionary new peptide that fights the signs of aging and reduces the noticeable effects that natural aging can have on the skin. It also works to even out skin tone, smooths and hydrates rough and dry skin texture, and plumps and firms sagging and thinning skin. It is a powerful active ingredient capable of reducing visibility of fine lines, and improving the appearance of crow's feet and wrinkles on the forehead.
Has been growing in popularity and is thought by some to be an oil that should be applied to the face daily because of its many anti-aging skin benefits. The oil is cultivated from the Simmondsia chinensis plant.
It is a botanical occlusive that can reduce the appearance of redness on sun damaged and irritated skin, and is also a natural soothing and calming skin agent that locks in moisture, keeping skin soft, supple and hydrated. Jojoba oil is also non-comedogenic so it will not clog your pores!
Is essentially fat derived from shea tree nuts. Shea butter is packed full of skin repairing antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamins which all help to also maintain moisture in your face. Shea butter is an emollient and helps soften and soothe dry skin and helps with irritation, dry skin, wrinkles and sun damage. Shea butter works great when combined with antioxidants like Vitamin C. When used together your skin will look brighter, firmer and hydrated.
Things to Consider
When selecting a firming facial cream you might not be able to find one with every ingredient listed, but don’t get discouraged. You can always purchase individual oils or serums specific to the ingredient that is missing from the list. These kinds of firming products need to be used consistently to produce results, so make sure you incorporate into your morning or nighttime skin care routine.
For the best, and most sure fire results, apply a retinol serum to the face and neck, before you apply a firming cream at night. Also, make sure you give the product time to work. In some cases it might take 10-12 weeks before any improvements are noticeable. The best advice is don’t quit before the magic happens, and as always, wear your sunscreen.