Tuesday, October 04, 2016

When Is The Right Time To Start Using Anti Aging Products?

Like the stuff in my makeup bag, the items included in my skincare routine have changed quite considerably over the years. That said, one thing that, until very recently has remained consistent, is that it has never included any anti-aging products.

Why? Well having just turned 24, it is fair to say that my shopping trips for new cosmetics are still far more centred on searching for sparkly eyeshadow palettes and matte lipsticks, than lotions and potions which claim to cause wrinkles to fade.

In all fairness, at my age, I am some way off having skin that may be considered ‘mature’ and in need of such tonics, however, when I was invited to try out an anti-aging cream for myself recently, I did think that perhaps there might be some benefit to starting early.

While the appearance of our skin as we age is in part simply down to our genetics, the way that we take care of it does of course have a significant impact. Research suggests that once we reach the age of 21, our skin’s natural collagen production can decrease by up to 1% each year. This causes skin to become more fragile, leading to fine lines becoming more visible.

In addition to this, environmental factors also have a role to play. Of course, it might feel pretty damn nice to lay back in the grass on a warm summer’s day with the sun shining on our faces, but that big ball of fire in the sky has a lot to answer for when it comes to premature aging.
Although we can’t turn back the clock, products such as Nivea’s Q10 Plus Day Cream which I have been trailing, is designed to give you a helping hand.

In the first instance, it is worth noting that with an SPF of 15 and UVA/UVB filters, it is designed to help to combat sun-induced wrinkle formation. It also includes a number of fabulous ingredients which help to nourish your skin, such as Argan Oil, Calcium and Goji Berry Extract. Furthermore there is also Creatine, an amino acid found naturally in the body and supports skins basic functions and production of collagen and, Coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant which helps to regenerate an improve the appearance of skin.

I have been using the cream for just under two weeks, in the mornings before applying makeup. While that is by no means an extensive period, I have noticed that the appearance of my skin has improved since I have been using it; it looks fresher and healthier. While I have quite limited wrinkles anyway, the small fine lines that I have noticed on my forehead appear to be slightly reduced which is positive too.

So what’s my verdict? Although I am certainly not the best person to test the effectiveness of this cream on aging skin, I can say that is very moisturising and accentuates the youthful look of my skin. As a result, I would continue to use this not least because it is designed to prevent the formation of new lines and wrinkles (I will have to report back on that bit!).

I don't think that there is a specific best time to start using these creams, as everyone's skin type is different. However, for me personally, I think this is something I will continue to include in my beauty regime if just to maintain my skin's youthful condition. 

If you are looking to sample this for yourself, you can pick it up at your local Boots or Superdrug stores - or online at nivea.co.uk

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