What are the most important anti-ageing product ingredients?

Saturday, 14 December 2013

What are the most important ingredients to look for in an anti-ageing cream – for sensitive skin? I am caucasian, aged 52, wanting to start an anti-ageing regiment. And which lower priced products would you most recommend? I have always cared for my skin with ordinary moisurisers, never used serums and treatment products.

Anti-ageing skin care ingredients

Thank you so much for your question. I have not met you or seen your skin, but here is the most “generic” advice I can give you that will really make a huge difference to your skin if you are having “ageing concerns”.

Every ageing skin needs some very definite “steps” in their home care regime. 1) You need to increase cell turn over, using something like vitamin A and good exfoliating products (such as AHA’s or enzymes). 2) You need good protection during the day in the form of antioxidants and a good SPF. 3) You need growth factors to work on repairing the damage that has already happened. 4) You need a good oral supplement to boost your skin from the inside.

So here is a recipe to follow:

1)      Cleanse twice a day, preferably with a cleanser that will encourage cell turn over. (Eg. Neostrata’s Exfoliating Wash;  Nimue Cleanser)

2)      During the Day – Antioxidant serum. (Eg. Skin Ceuticals CE Ferulic or Phloretin), and then any moisturiser of your choice on top, followed by a good facial sunblock (Eg. Heliocare)

3)      At night, alternate between a good vit A product (Skin Medica retinol serum; Skin Ceuticals Retinol Serum; Lamelle’s Evening Glow), and a good growth factor product (Eg. Lamelle’s Dermaheal Ultra Moisturising Renewal Cream)

4)      A daily supplement (Eg. Lamelle’s Ovelle capsules or Heliocare Capsules)

All the products I have recommended here are well known cosmeceutical brands, but there are definitely more affordable options. Why don’t you contact your nearest Skin Renewal branch so that we can assist you with these?

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Dr Maureen Allem is a GP with a special interest in Aesthetic procedures and Integrative Anti-Ageing Medicine. She is also the founder and Medical Director of national group Skin, Body and Health Renewal and Oasis Spas, with 17 centres and four Oasis spas across South Africa's major cities in Johannesburg, Pretoria, the Western Cape and KZN. Anti-ageing treatments include non-surgical, anti-aging procedures, cellulite and weight loss programmes as well as body sculpting procedures. The ultimate aim of all consultations is to provide optimal health and to restore aesthetic beauty. Health Renewal appointments involves an hour long extensive medical consultation which includes hormonal balancing, nutraceutical supplements, intravenous support and detoxification treatments. Dr Maureen has seventeen Doctors working with her using the same techniques she has spent years honing. Dr Maureen frequently travels overseas to World Anti-Ageing Congresses and Laser Forums to stay abreast of the most up-to-date non-surgical procedures.

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  1. NaturalDiva

    Great routine to follow! Prevention is better than cure and taking care of your skin now pays off later.

    6 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    My mom just read this and is so grateful for the info.

    6 years ago •

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