Looking for the best anti-ageing serums? Look for skincare products with 8% vitamin C and 0.9 per cent vitamin A.
Sunscreen goes without saying, but to dodge the sun’s ageing effects you want a crack team of integrative potions.
“When I was 27 I was advised to use a vitamin C serum in the morning to stop pigmentation and a good physical sunscreen with zinc to prevent sun damage,” says aesthetic nurse Mike Clague from The Me Clinic (formerly The Ashley Centre).
Vitamin C, which also goes by the name L-ascorbic acid, is a potent antioxidant that stops skin from oxidising (skin’s take on rusting) in sunlight.
Cosmetic physician Dr Ron Feiner, from Cosmetica Medical Aesthetic Clinic, says daily application of a quality vitamin A – also known as retinol and retinoic acid – may also “afford a degree of skin cancer protection”.
Regenerate Refuel 10% Vitamin C, $110, regenerateskincare.com.
Aspect Dr Exfol A+ Serum, $118.80, advancedskintechnology.com.au
NOTE TO SELF:
To actually work, vitamin serums need to contain a certain percentage of their active ingredient, says Clague, the brains behind Regenerate Skincare. Department store products often fall short of the recommended 0.9 per cent for vitamin A and eight per cent for vitamin C. Sunscreen should have 10 per cent or more zinc oxide, Clague says. When in doubt, shop at a clinic or online.
Another ideal product, recommended by esteemed dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr Lanzer, is Retosin Exfoliating Vitamin A, which removes dead skin cells and is excellent for fine lines.
This versatile product is recommended for both prematurely aged and acne prone skins. Designed to gently remove dead, redundant skin cells while strengthening the skin, Retosin aims to revise the appearance of fine lines, dryness and sun damage.
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