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The right cleansers and moisturizers as we age

Aging manifests as wrinkles, fine lines, crow feet, and saggy skin on the outside. But have you ever wondered what the biological basis of aging is? As your age increases, cellular and molecular damage accumulates over the years. The number of functional and viable cells decreases with age and the integral proteins of your skin also undergo degradation with time. This is the reason why a person has weaker muscles, bones, and immunity as well as poor skin health. A healthy and proper skincare routine will help you modulate the aging process and look younger and fresher.

Anti-aging ingredients in skincare products

The right cleansers, moisturizers, and other skincare products for your aging skin shall contain some specific ingredients. These ingredients will help maintain the optimal health of your skin and reverse the aging process. Using the right quality products enriched in these ingredients can help middle-aged women gain the younger skin charm.

1. Broad-spectrum sunscreen

Harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun can accelerate skin damage by stimulating the production of free radicals. If you are exposed to the sun for longer periods, you are more prone to photodamage of skin. You shall use skincare products that contain broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater. This will protect from harmful UV radiations and resultant skin damage.

2. Ceramides

Ceramides are the natural constituents of your skin that form the natural skin barrier. This not only protects your skin from harmful germs but also prevents unintentional water loss. As your skin undergoes aging, the ceramide content decreases and makes your skin prone to damage. You shall use skincare products containing ceramides to supplement the lipid content of your skin.

3. Collagen

Collagen is the secret protein behind tighter, younger, and more radiant-looking skin. Environmental insults
such as harmful chemicals and exposure to ultraviolet sun radiation degrade the collagen molecules. Collagen may also deteriorate with increasing age. Moisturizers that contain collagen are beneficial for maintaining the integrity of the skin.

4. Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid works just like a sponge. It attracts and adheres to water molecules, approximately 1000 times more than its weight. Your skin constantly replenishes the hyaluronic acid of the skin. However, certain health and skin conditions lead to decreased amounts of hyaluronic acid in your skin. Skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid are effective for retaining skin moisture and making your skin look soft and supple.

 

5. Vitamin C

Vitamin C has two main roles in skin health. First, vitamin C is important for collagen production. Second, vitamin C protects your skin from free radical damage. Using cleansers and moisturizers containing vitamin C can replenish the vitamin stores. This will help in protecting your skin from environmental damage and give a younger look.

Conclusion

Visible signs of aging can be a challenge for middle-aged men and women. Exposure to sunlight, environmental pollutants, and deficiencies of important constituents of the skin can aggravate aging. Skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid, collagen, ceramides, vitamin C, and broad spectrum SPF can help you prevent premature aging and reduce the visible signs of aging.


References
1. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/ageing-and-health
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6773941/
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4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6835901/
5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583886/
6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579659/