There are many anti-aging buzzwords and ingredients associated with skincare products which we see on the daily. Do we really know what they mean or where these ingredients come from? Here are Luxe Loft’s top 6 anti-aging ingredients! I am looking deeper into why we need these ingredients in our products and exactly what they do. As well as the most common anti-aging buzzwords and exactly what they mean.
Anti-aging buzzwords explained:
Antioxidants are substances which aid in protecting the skin’s surface from oxidative damage. This is caused by environmental aggressors such as pollution and harsh UV rays. Green Tea is a great antioxidant and can be found in the Benton Deep Green Tea Toner. We especially love this product as it soothes and freshens the skin.
Gua Sha is a a tool which involves pushing a rose quartz or flat jade over the skin in an upwards motion. This promotes tissue drainage, relieve muscle tension and boost blood circulation. The Pure Lotus Rose Quartz Guasha is perfect for an at home Gua Sha facial treatment.
Lymphatic Drainage uses facial massage techniques to help draining fluid from your lymph nodes. Therefore, lymph drainage massages can be done using The Pure Lotus Rose Quartz Guasha. Incorporating a lymphatic drainage facial into your skincare regimen is highly beneficial. Benefits include smoother and more radiant looking skin. (Available here for R500)
AHAs and BHAs are chemical exfoliants that create cell turnover without any scrubbing action. Alpha Hydroxy Acids work on the surface of the skin, gently exfoliating and removing dead skin cells for a smoother surface. AHAs reduce the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and spots. While BHAs aka salicylic acid penetrate beneath the skin’s surface, removing excess sebum and oil. BHAs are extremely effective in treating and clearing up acne and acne scars.
The MIZON AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner is a gentle toner and exfoliant which helps balance the PH levels of your skin. AHAs work together leaving your complexion smoother and more even-toned.
(Available here for R380)
Age Prevention is essentially using anti-aging products, ingredients and supplements before they are supposedly needed. Many people only start worrying about anti-aging products once their first wrinkle or grey hair pops up but we need to start focusing on prevention instead of treatment. Incorporating a few anti-aging ingredients like peptides and hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine as well as health supplements are great age prevention methods.
Retinol a.k.a vitamin A is used to stimulate the renewal of cells. However, retinol is not commonly used in Korean Skincare products because Korean Beauty focuses on preventative skincare. Maintaining healthy skin from a young age is important which make retinol products seem harsh due to the adjustment period your skin needs to get used to the ingredient. Retinol is usually a last resort and used in very small quantities at first.
Anti Pollution skincare is formulated specifically to protect the skin against the four major sources of air pollution. Many Korean Skincare product centre around anti-pollution or anti-dust ingredients. These products essentially create a protective barrier over your skin keeping out harmful pollutants.
One FAQ we always get is ‘When do I need to start using anti-aging products?’ Answer being, YESTERDAY! Anti-aging products should typically be incorporated into your routine after 23.
Remember: prevention is key 🔑 and the main goal is to not lose the collagen levels and elasticity in your skin.
It is far more easier to prevent or delay signs of ageing than to completely banish them away once they have fully made their unwanted appearance. However, fine lines and wrinkles are perfectly normal as is aging! With our top 6 anti-aging ingredients you can improve your skins health and appearance dramatically. Remember to be consistent with your skincare regime and supplements in order to maintain youthful, radiant skin.
Luxe Loft’s Top 6 anti-aging ingredients:
1. Snail Mucin:
A Korean favourite as it contains various moisturising agents which aid in repairing the barrier function of the skin. This hero ingredient locks in moisture while keeping out environmental irritants. Other benefits include: soothes irritation, heals damaged skin and most importantly promotes the skins collagen production. This all works amazingly in plumping tired, dehydrated skin. We’d recommend the the MIZON Snail Care (Freeze Your Youth) Set as well as the Benton Snail Bee range.
(Mizon Snail Care Set available here for R1,400)
(Benton Range Available here)
A game-changing ingredient which is one of the basic building blocks of our skin’s structure. It is what gives our skin its bouncy and plump properties. However, as we age our skin begins to lower its production of protein.
Thus it being important to not only use collagen skincare products but to also orally make use of collagen. A favourite of ours is the Motherkind Glow From Within Collagen powder. Benefits of taking collagen powder include: skin elasticity, hydration, healthier nails and thicker hair. With regards to collagen hero products, we’d recommend the Village 11 Collagen range as well as the Mizon Collagen range.
These products are incredible as the collagen enriched serums and creams will nourish your skin while replenishing your skin’s collagen levels resulting in plump, happy skin.
(Village 11 Range available here)
(Mizon range available here)
3. Vitamin C:
Whether you are a skincare junkie or just an average Joe, it’s safe to say that everyone knows the importance of vitamin C.
Vitamin C has long been the star ingredient for fighting dull, damaged skin. However this rich anti-oxidant also has properties that stimulate collagen production resulting in firmer, plumper looking skin.
(Mizon Vitamin C Ampoule available here for R700)
(Eco Your Skin Vitamin Serum available here for R475)
These amino acids are the key building blocks for essential proteins in our skin such as elastin and collagen. The incorporation of products with peptides can result in firmer, more radiant-looking skin. Peptides are also aid in preventing breakouts.
We would highly recommend the MIZON Peptide 500 as this is potent in reducing fine lines and firming the skin.
(Available here on sale for R350)
A form of vitamin B which is commonly used to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. This vitamin can help your skin grow a ceramide barrier. Which in turn helps the skin retain and lock in moisture which is especially beneficial for mature skin.
We’d recommend the Beauty of Joseon Glow Serum as this refines pores and brightens complexion. Lastly we’d also recommend the Benton Snail Bee Range as this contain many complexion-boosting properties.
(Beauty of Joseon Glow Serum available here for R380)
(Benton range available here)
6. Hyaluronic Acid:
A sugar molecule which increases the skin’s moisture content and hydration levels. Hyaluronic acid is truly amazing as it keeps smoothes out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Try out Mizon Bio Hyaluronic Acid Ampoule, a 50% concentration of hyaluronic acid alongside glycerin, silk extract and peptides. This product works to replenish moisture, promote collagen production and combat inflammation.
(Available here for R500)
All of the ingredients listed above are great for treating the signs of age but prevention is still the best way to avoid premature aging of the skin.
Sun damage is the central cause of premature aging. It is important that we protect our skin daily with a broad spectrum sunscreen. Feel free to shop our selection of sunscreens here. Remember that prevention is key and to always be consistent with your regime for younger and radiant looking skin!
Our products cater to whatever skin concern you may have but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like any guidance in curating and customising your skincare routine!
All our products have been tested by us to ensure that only the best is available for you to try. Whether you are a skincare newbie or a self proclaimed skincare junkie, we are here to guide and assist you on this journey to glowing skin.