As we move through our lives and the kids, career and other half’s stinking sports shoes take their toll; we may notice our body, hair and skin start to lose their will to impress. As we pass the 40 mark, hair has lost it’s volume and soft texture. The body has been through pregnancies and breast feeding, and cost us our hourglass figure. And all that frowning at the kids has given us so many wrinkles and lines!
It’s hard to look in the mirror when we realise that fresh-faced 20-year-old that we have inside us isn’t evident on the outside anymore. Even our eyes have lost that glint. What we need is a big boost of confidence to free that young girl back into the world.
Anti aging products are everywhere. Shampoos and conditioners designed for older hair can give volume boost and shine. For our body, we are promised extraordinary results from every slimming aid out there. And for our face, there are many ingredients in creams to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, brighten our skin, refine the pores and hide age spots. It is worth reading reviews of products like LifeCell cream reviews to find out if they may be helpful to you.
Ultimately, nothing is going to stop us getting older. Nothing is going to stop us looking older and older. Nothing is going to stop us trying to defy it either. So, with that glimmer of hope (or maybe that 20-year-old glint is back?) in our eyes, here is a breakdown of what these ingredients promise to do:
Alpha-Hydroxy Acids: Sounds harsh, and it can be, as they may increase stinging and sensitivity to the sun. There are three different types in skin cream, and they can all be found naturally. Citric acid found in fruits cleanse, tighten and brighten the skin. Glycolic acid from sugar cane can exfoliate to reveal newer skin cells, and Lactic acid from sour milk helps clear away the old dead cells on the surface.
Antioxidants: These are most commonly vitamins C and E. They reduce the general wear and tear on the cells of breathing in and out. These vitamins as supplements we eat are known to be effective and provide genuine benefits working from the inside out. There is some doubt to their effectiveness applied on the top layer of skin.
Retinol: This is a form of vitamin A, which when taken as a supplement, can have positive effects on the plumpness of your skin. This must NOT be used if you are pregnant due to the risk of birth defects. It is proven to be effective. Whether or not the and strength of the retinol in your face cream is enough is debatable.
Peptides: The idea is to stimulate your natural elastin and collagen replacement in your skin cells. These are in abundance when we are young and give the skin that smooth, plump look. Age reduces their production and effectiveness. There is no substantial evidence to say applying peptides in a cream will stimulate skin cells to do anything like that.