By now every skincare addict knows that it’s never too late to start your anti-ageing skincare routine. And by that statement, we mean to debunk all ’20s are too early for anti-ageing skincare’ theories. 2021 also blessed us with a wide range of skincare ingredients – from chemical skincare actives and formulas to naturally sourced key ingredients. And while we are spoilt for choice, might we say, it’s not the easiest decision to make?
In 2021, we declared a couple of skincare actives as the heroes of anti-ageing skincare. And while there is a list of at least 7 ingredients that are trending, there are 3 that emerge as clear winners – retinol, vitamin C and collagen. Needless to say, the market is now brimming with variations of these skincare actives in a gazillion new formulas. And while we all are barely fighting the urge to try them all out, we need to ask ourselves – ‘what does my skin need?’
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To make that process a tad bit easier, we are classifying the major differences between retinol, vitamin C and collagen as anti-ageing skincare ingredients. This will not only help you understand your anti-ageing skincare better but will also answer the burning question – which antiageing skincare ingredient is the most suitable for you?
What is vitamin C: Vitamin C is a rich antioxidant that helps in protecting the skin from free radical damage. The signs of free radical damage are hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. While vitamin C does not assist in collagen synthesis, it does help increase skin cell turnover for younger-looking skin.
What does vitamin C skincare do: Vitamin C skincare chemically exfoliates the skin and helps stimulate skin cell turnover to make your skin evenly toned, plum looking, brighter and spotless.
Who is it for: Vitamin C is perfect for preventative skincare against ageing, and for people who want to achieve and protect a healthy, glowing complexion.
What is collagen: We are all blessed with collagen in our body which is secreted by our skin cells and is responsible for making our skin look plump and youthful. However, our body reduces collagen production in our early 20s and one can see prominent signs by the age of 25.
What does collagen skincare do: Collagen skincare penetrates deep into your skin cells to provide a temporary fix for your body’s collagen depletion. It can make your skin appear plump, nourished and help in retaining its youthful effect.
Who is it for: Individuals who are in the early stages of building their anti-ageing skincare routine, and are looking for something which is not as strong as retinol.
What is retinol: Retinol is also present in our bodies, and is sourced from vitamin A-rich foods in our diet. Retinol helps stimulate the production of new skin cells and collagen in our skin. This helps in minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, dark spots and also acne.
What does retinol skincare do: Retinol skincare penetrates even further into the skin than collagen and tricks it into thinking that it’s young by stimulating skin cell turnover.
Who is it for: Individuals who want to use protective skincare in their early 20s, people who want to reduce the signs of ageing on their skin, and those who want to get rid of hyperpigmentation and acne as well.
Which anti-ageing skincare ingredient is your knight in shining armour?
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