Moisturiser by nature prevents wrinkles, but can moisturiser erase wrinkles that've already appeared? If you're concerned about lines, you need to seek out skincare containing two proven anti-wrinkle actives.
Moisturiser has many benefits for your complexion. Keeps skin hydrated? That's nice. Helps to repair skin's natural barrier function? Sounds good. Fights, delays, and prevents wrinkles? Show me the moisturiser now!
Moisturiser’s ability to hydrate and plump helps prevent wrinkles. When you're looking to reverse damage already caused to skin, you'll need to take the next step up this ladder by using specialist moisturisers.
Specialist moisturisers top up the benefits of a normal moisturiser with ingredients that can actually help smooth wrinkled skin. These include ingredients such as:
If you want to reverse fine lines and wrinkles, you'll want to integrate one or both of these skincare ingredients into your current routine. Due to retinoids being easily degraded by light, most choose to integrate a vitamin C serum into their morning routine, doubled in efficacy by a retinoid treatment at night.
Let's take a deeper look at each ingredient.
1. Retinoids help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
'Retinoid' is the scientific family name given to a group of ingredients derived from vitamin A. This skincare ingredient has a longstanding heritage as an anti-wrinkle treatment. It fact, retinoids remain the gold standard with dermatologists for wrinkle reversal and prevention.
During a clinical trial for a vitamin-A-based acne treatment in the '80s, patients also reported the side effect of wrinkle reduction. Fine lines, crow's feet, forehead furrows—all showed improvement. Patients were excited to reap two benefits from the test product.
Move three decades on, and scientists have devoted significant time to understanding the effects of vitamin A. Researchers have found that retinoids help to:
- Prevent degradation of collagen, a structural protein that keeps skin firm
- Stimulate new collagen production to reverse sagging and the appearance of wrinkles
- Reverse signs of photoageing, evening skin tone by reducing hyperpigmentation
Anyone serious about designing an anti-wrinkle skincare routine must incorporate a retinoid treatment.
Some of our favourites:
- asap super a+ serum pairs vitamin A with antioxidant vitamin E. Both ingredients are well protected in an airtight pump, which helps protect actives from degradation before use.
- Medik8 Retinol 3 TR contains encapsulated retinol, meaning this active is released slowly after application, which is ideal for sensitive skin types.
- La Roche-Posay Redermic [R] Intensive Anti-Ageing Treatment combines retinol with a boosting sidekick to provide intensive results.
2. Vitamin C helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The importance of vitamin C in skin health and repair was first made evident not in a lab but at sea. Ever heard of scurvy? or perhaps the limeys?
Scurvy was a fatal disease contracted by many sailors until the turn of the 18th century. These travellers spent weeks and months living far from home with neither fresh fruits nor vegetables. The sailors' skin would visibly break down, and large black welts would appear across their bodies—amongst other signs.
The cure? A supply of vitamin-C-rich citrus fruit, which is how British sailors became known as 'limeys'. Topical vitamin C is now known to help prevent and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by:
- Boosting collagen production
- Brightening and evening skin tone
- Protecting against sun-induced damage
To enjoy the benefits of vitamin C skincare, try one of our top-rated serums:
Our anti-ageing skincare shop showcases these and many other effective wrinkle-ridding products. If you're unsure which is best suited to your skin type, consult our trained team of skincare specialists on email@example.com or give them a call on 03 9486 7179.