Does it water your skin?
Like a plant, it’s water first and fertiliser second.
One of the most important things when treating ageing is the amount you ‘water’ your skin.
I don’t just mean from the water we drink (most of this goes to the vital organs and the skin is left with very little), I mean the amount of hyaluronic acid that’s added to the surface of your skin . This ingredient alone helps to reduce the aging process by creating a plump, dewy healthy skin AND it helps active ingredients in your other products to penetrate more deeply, giving you better results all around.
We recommend: Hyaluronic Force Serum as we haven’t met a client who doesn’t love it!
Look for quality ingredients
The next most important thing is the active ingredients themselves. Many skin care companies purchase their ingredients from biochemists. They don’t make them inhouse, so you are getting the same components in many skin care brands, and therefore getting the same result, no matter what you pay because it’s all the same.
I always suggest that you look for a skin care company that manufactures their own technology. Look for a large manufacturing company that speak about R & D or unique ingredients. This means that the active ingredients being used are ones that are unique or distinctly different, and generally offer much better results.
Also look for different scientific studies or results from testing and product studies. Some of the “off the shelf” ingredients come with these but it’s more common to see this when the company makes their own ingredients.
For example Zinc Glycine Complex found in Germaine De Capuccini’s Timexpert SRNS range has won an award for the most innovative ingredient in the world. It’s one of the only ingredients that stop aging by reducing a damaging enzyme from being formed in the lower layers of the skin. By stopping this enzyme, zinc glycine drastically reduces ageing caused by the sun.
We recommend: SRNS Pro 60+ Cream and its our #1 selling cream
How’s the texture – and how does it feel on the skin?
Many products are not made for the Australian climate, which means they can feel heavy and thick, and the base of the cream can even cause clogging and dullness to the skin. On the other hand it can be so light that it evaporates quickly and leaves the skin without water.
My suggestion? Look for a light treatment cream that gives the right amount of skin protection. It needs to protect enough to lock in moisture but not be so heavy it causes clogging and reduces oxygenation of the surface cells. Most of our ranges offer a light and rich so you can easily find the “perfect fit” for your skin
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SPF – yes or no?
I get asked a lot if treatment creams should have an SPF. This really depends what problem you are trying to treat. Generally speaking, the SPF ingredients added to moisturisers can interfere with the effectiveness of other active ingredients such as peptides, so you won’t get the full benefit of your anti-ageing cream.
The one exception to this is if you are treating pigmentation, where SPF in the treatment creams work together to repair and protect the skin.
I always suggest that you wear sunscreen, as UV rays damage the skin and cause the skin to age. And remember, it’s treatment cream first and SPF on top.
Natural verses Cosmeceutical
Unfortunately, you can’t have both.
Products classed as ‘natural’ or low in artificial ingredients can offer dramatic results but generally they are only topical products which treat ageing with hydration or by calming the skin.
Cosmeceutical products – those which penetrate the dermis and work at a cellular level – are higher in active ingredients that treat ageing scientifically and are more often backed by clinical data on their effectiveness.
That’s not to say cosmeceuticals don’t contain extracts from plants and flowers which have some amazing cosmetic properties. Our Hydracure range contains Lily of the Valley, which has water retention properties and helps with skin hydration. Jasmine, which is in our Tx Lift range, has skin firming qualities, an our new TRides Supreme Cream includes Edelweiss which not only protects against UV radiation, it also stimulates cellular regeneration, increases skin vitality and evens skin tone.
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