Skincare buzzwords: The ingredients you should be looking for.

When you’re in your mid-thirties as I am, what you look for in your skincare routine starts to become more defined. Rather than simply choosing creams that smell wonderful and feel great to use, you want to know they’re really working for you.

With fine lines and wrinkles a permanent fixture around the eye area, and something as simple as a poor night’s sleep showing up as less-than-radiant skin the very next day, you need to know your skincare routine is punching above its weight.

Products that target renewal at a deeper level are important to combat the effects of ageing skin.

As we age, our skin is more likely to wrinkle and become thinner due to our skin cell metabolism slowing down. Older skin also produces less elastin and collagen, meaning skin is less firm and less apt at fighting against gravity, resulting in sagging and wrinkles in the areas of the face we use the most, such as our eyes and mouth.

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Ageing skin is also prone to dehydration, which can in turn exacerbate the ageing process.

We’ve all heard of some of the beauty buzzwords that are out there, but here are five of the latest must-have ingredients you need to look out for if you want to get more out of your daily beauty routine.

1. Peptides.

Breaking it down, peptides are amino-acid proteins that stimulate the production of collagen; collagen gives firmness and suppleness to skin. As a result, when you apply peptides topically, they are proven to help reduce lines and wrinkles by repairing and firming the skin.

No wonder peptides are one of the key ingredients in the Olay Regenerist range, Olay’s most advanced collection.

2. Niacinamide.

Creating a real buzz in the beauty world, niacinamide, or Vitamin B3, is a wonder-ingredient that increases essential fatty acids in the skin, a building block for hydration and protection.

Niacinamide works by strengthening the skin’s protective barrier to lock in moisture and boosting cellular metabolism to accelerate skin cell renewal. This in turn helps to even out skin tone and texture, and reduce wrinkles. It also soothes the skin, and helps repair it from UV damage.

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3. Antioxidants.

We all know that antioxidants found in food are great for preventing and repairing the damage caused by free radicals that create toxins in our bodies. And antioxidants bring the same benefits to our skin.

For example, the Olay Regenerist range contains Olivem, an anti-oxidant from Olive Extract that helps protect skin from free radical damage and improves the absorption of anti-ageing ingredients into the skin.

4. Extract of dill seeds.

With the rising popularity of superfoods, we know that many foods contain active ingredients that perform specific tasks in our bodies, and the same is true for skin.

Lys’lastine, a natural extract from dill, works to enhance skin’s elasticity by stimulating the production of elastin.

5. Hyaluronic Acid.

It sounds complicated, but hyaluronic acid occurs natually in the human body - and when added to skin care products, it can have amazing effects.

It has a legion of fans thanks to its anti-ageing properties, at contains a moisture-binding ingredient that helps keep skin plump, hydrated and soft. And it also reverses free radical damage and can be used on any skin type.

The new Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo combines these five must-have ingredients to boost skin cell renewal and give you stunning, youthful skin. The Miracle Duo consists of the New Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence and the award-winning Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream.

The Pre-Essence is said to start the renewal of a million cells from the first drop; it absorbs quickly into the skin and boosts the penetration of the anti-ageing actives in your moisturizer.  The Micro-Sculpting Cream is packed with Niacinamide, Peptides, Olivem and Lys’lastine. When used together, the new Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo has been proven to make skin look up to 10 years younger.

Sounds good, right?

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