“Setting the clock back” is one of the goals in order to see healthy youthful appearing skin! In addition to chronological age (intrinsic aging), we also have to worry about environmental challenges and lifestyle (extrinsic aging) that collectively can add to the big picture.

Sun exposure is definitely one of the biggest factors in premature aging of the skin. Although a healthy glow is always nice to see in the skin, overexposure is very unhealthy and can place one at a higher risk for skin cancers and premature aging especially if sun protection hasn’t been used.

Over time we have learned that products with SPF in them are very beneficial when used long term and consistently. However, topical application of many other products are just as important. So let’s look at a few popular ingredients that we should be incorporating in our products that we use at home.

Antioxidants: Most commonly found in serums, lotions and creams, antioxidants play a huge role in the overall health of one’s skin.

Vitamin C happens to be one of the most popular and well studied antioxidants, although there are several naturally sourced ingredients that have the ability to protect the skin as well.

Vitamin A is also a very effective ant- aging ingredient due to its ability to create cell turnover. This means to rid the skin of the “old” and help to promote the “new”. Many forms of vitamin A are available; Some are prescription which are often referred to as “Retin A”, whereas many non-prescription products containing vitamin A are referred to as retinols. Although both perform in a similar fashion, the prescription form will get the job done quicker but with risks of sensitivities and redness that could develop. Retinols tend to have a reputation of being a bit more skin friendly and can be tolerated more often in a routine.

Growth Factors: This group of ingredients fall into the anti-aging category due to it’s ability to encourage cell division and hence encourage growth of new cells. Sourced either naturally or synthetically produced, these ingredients can ultimately help with the overall appearance and health of one’s skin. Training the skin to function like it used to will help to tighten and strengthen the skin, in addition to improve fine lines and wrinkles. Very popular and often found in serums.

Sun Protection is key to all good skin care routines. Although a SPF of at least 30 is typically recommended, the number isn’t always key to the effectiveness of the product. Don’t let that trick you into a decision. The number that is on the package refers to the protection related to UVB. We look for ingredients that are considered broad spectrum which essentially means it will help to block both the UVA and UVB rays. UVA is what we understand to instigate the aging process while the UVB refers to the rays that promote the superficial burning of the skin. We need protection against both. We now can find SPF products that also have antioxidant benefits and support ingredients in them as well. Also, keep your eye out for the seal of approval from The Skin Cancer Foundation. This will indicate an even better formula, based on more comprehensive testing.

Contact Cheryl today for a complimentary skin care consultation. After consulting with Cheryl Ann, she will design a program for you. This will include not only the recommended treatments, but a home regimen as well.