Even though they are a natural part of ageing, nobody really likes wrinkles, especially on their face. From a young age, facial expressions such as smiling, frowning and squinting can lead to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. And then as we get older our skin becomes thinner, drier and less elastic which means it’s less able to protect itself from damage leading to creases, lines and more wrinkles.
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light (from everyday things like exposure to sunlight and outdoor sports) has a role to play too – breaking down the collagen and elastin in the skin. These fibres form the connective tissue that supports the skin, and when these layers break down, the skin becomes weaker and less flexible and voila! The skin starts to droop and wrinkles start to appear.
We can spend a lot of time and money chasing products to either minimise or eliminate them completely, with varying degrees of effectiveness.
Different ingredients in products treat different causes of wrinkles, so it might be worth looking into what different ingredients do and the effect they have.
There are four main ingredient groups we use at ekseption, all with a different function.
Retinol – also known as vitamin A – does almost everything you could ask for. It helps with wrinkles, acne, pigmentation and can help regulate sebum production for those with oily skin. It’s essential for normal skin cell development, it prevents collagen breakdown while increasing collagen production, helps with elasticity and water retention in the skin, while helping to even skin tone and also reversing the signs of sun damage.
Retinol products to try:
Gluconolactone is a type of PHA (poly hydroxy acid), but much gentler than the better know AHA and BHA, which can cause allergic reactions. And bonus! PHAs are a mild exfoliant and are perfect for any type of skin – including sensitive.
Gluconolactone is a multi-tasker jam-packed with a host of goodness and unique benefits:
Unlike AHAs, gluconolactone attracts water to the skin, drawing it from the deeper layers of the skin and ensures the moisture stays locked, making it gentle on the skin. If your skin is sensitive to AHAs, you can easily swap them out with gluconolactone
As a gentle exfoliator, gluconolactone is able to be used on all skin types. It dissolves the dry, dead layer from the top of your skin, improving the skin’s texture and tone, while also helping you get rid of excess oil. However, it doesn’t penetrate very deep into the skin, minimising side effects like flakiness or dryness.
There is also evidence that gluconolactone binds and removes free radicals from the body preventing oxidative stress. When pollution lands on our skin (which we get just by filling up the car with petrol) this ingredient will encapsulate the pollution and stop it from turning unto damaging free radicals (little pac men that destroy our DNA!).
Gluconolactone products to try:
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Caviar has incredible nourishing properties that can help reduce the signs of ageing. It is rich in vitamins A, B, D and E, minerals, proteins and amino acids and speeds up natural production of collagen by 67%.
The fatty acids in caviar promote skin hydration by forming a barrier against harsh environmental factors, and preventing water loss. Hydrated skin takes longer to age and the signs of aging are less obvious than those in dehydrated skin.
Collagen and elastin reside in the deeper layers of the skin and make the skin flexible. By helping the skin to bounce back to normal position, elastin reduces wrinkles and expression lines. As you age, your skin produces less elastin and collagen and loses the normal flexibility of younger looking skin. Research has found that caviar, which is rich in amino acids, vitamins and anti-oxidants, sends signals to the cells to increase production of collagen and elastin which generate younger looking skin.
Our caviar products to try:
Hexyl resorcinol has normally been found in mouthwash and throat lozenges because of its antiseptic and anaesthetic qualities.
However Hexyl resorcinol has more benefits, including an ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also provides increased protection against photoaging, the premature aging of the skin caused by repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV), primarily from the sun but also from artificial UV sources. And improve the skin’s barrier against pollution and sun exposure.
Also, for anyone familiar with hydroquinone, commonly used for skin lightening, Hexyl resorcinol is shown to be four times more effective with none of the side effects.
Hexyl resorcinol products to try: