Aging is a beautiful experience, but let’s be honest – sometimes we’re just not quite ready for it. We share the top anti-aging ingredients you should look out for!
Crow’s feet. Wrinkles. Frown lines. If you shuddered while reading those words, you may want to take notes, mama. Here at Sassy Mama we’re all about embracing the beauty of aging, but what if it’s coming a little earlier than you thought? Read on below for our top 5 picks for all-natural anti-aging ingredients to try and look for in your next skincare purchase… Plus an exclusive product recommendation at the end!
Sugar is often used as a natural exfoliant and there’s no reason to hate it – it’s safe even on sensitive skin (unless you have a skin allergy, of course) because it dissolves while you exfoliate, so you’ll never run the risk of scratching your skin. Massage a luxurious sugar scrub into damp skin every other day to get rid of dead skin cells and boost blood circulation so you’ll be left with brighter, younger-looking skin! As a bonus it can smell totally yummy, too!
Your skin will thank you for giving it anything that contains Vitamin A because it improves hydration, reduces scars and wrinkles and is great at repairing damaged tissue. So look out for Vitamin A-rich products like carrot seed oil and egg whites, or use a Vitamin A serum or a product that contains Retinol (a derivative of Vitamin A) for a plump healthy glow.
Even more popular in skincare than Vitamin A is Vitamin E. It ‘reverses’ the aging process by blocking free radicals from the body (these nasties cause cells to function poorly or die when reacted with important cellular components in the body). Commonly found in nuts, seeds, fish, whole grains, and fruits such as apricots, Vitamin E can also be found in oil form for use on the skin.
It’s no wonder the Japanese have such long life expectancies – their consumption of green tea is one of the main reasons for it! Green tea is packed full of antioxidants that also block free radicals and retains elasticity in the skin. So drink up and go green, mama!
Also known as Centella Asiatica or Gotu Kola, Tiger Grass is a tasteless, odourless plant that thrives in and around water and is commonly found in Asia. Renowned for its repairing properties, Tiger Grass was so nicknamed in India because wounded tigers are known to roll themselves in it to treat their injuries. What it does for us is heal skin burns and scars, while stimulating the production of collagen for skin regeneration in the process. The result: significantly reduced wrinkles and firmer skin. Yes, please!
L’Oréal’s Revitalift Dermalift range (a best-seller from L’Oreal Paris Skincare for years now) contains a combination of Tiger Grass, Pro-Retinol A and their own in-house ingredient, Dermalift, to fight wrinkles and regain firmness in the skin. With just three simple products, you could be giving yourself a facelift in a matter of weeks, mama! Check out our tips for incorporating them into your skincare routine:
- Start with the Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Day Cream ($35.90) after using your favourite cleanser and toner (the Revitalift Milky Cleansing Foam and Revitalift Milky Toner complement the day cream particularly well) to lock in moisture for the day. It also contains SPF23, which is nifty for days where you may forget to put on additional sun protection.
- At the end of a long day, cleanse thoroughly to remove traces of makeup and any impurities from the outdoors, then finish off by massaging in the Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream ($35.90). Its light, creamy texture glides onto skin and leaves it smooth without feeling greasy, while keeping your skin moisturised while you sleep (especially in air conditioning!).
- You can’t forget the eyes! Eye bags and crows feet are notorious for making you look older than you really are. Pick up a small amount of Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream ($31.90), on each ring finger and pat lightly under the eyes and on the lids and be prepared to wake up with a smoother eye area!
The L’Oréal Revitalift Dermalift range is available at all L’Oréal Paris counters at Watsons, Guardian Pharmacies, SASA, selected department stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets.