Wrinkle-busting wonder products for men
It is a sad fact of life that as we age, our skin loses its elasticity and its ability to bounce back. The bad news? There is simply no way to avoid doing many of the things, which lead to the wrinkles we’ll all eventually develop. The good news? Using the right products, we can certainly give our skin a helping hand.
There is no shortage of wrinkle-busting products available but finding the right one for you can be tricky. Skincare guru and founder of Christian Acuña Organic Skin Care for Men, suggests that those waging war on wrinkles take the time to figure out exactly what they want from their cosmetics before splashing the cash.
We recommend our clients first look at their skin type to determine what the underlying cause of their wrinkles might be. That way, they will be able to choose products, which contain ingredients, designed to specifically address their particular cause of wrinkles. For example, if you are in your 30s to 50s and are experiencing wrinkles along with lacklustre skin, you may be suffering from male hormonal ageing. If this is the case, look for products, which contain alkaline formulations (despite the acid corrosive invasion of AHA on the market) to reduce the appearance of medium-to-deep wrinkles and phytoestrogens, to naturally improve elasticity. Christian Acuña Moirturising Repair Cream ($210) is ideal for those within this category – it is a light, easily absorbed formula that instantly tightens skin and also helps to reduce the appearance of deeper wrinkles. This product is a source on anti-ageing organic ingredients such as: blueberry extracts, camosine, green tea extract and beta-carotene.
If your parents wrinkled young and you are seeing yours appear early on, you are probably suffering from what is known as genetic ageing. If this is the case, look for products, which contain alkaline exfoliation ingredients to softly and efficiently remove the dead cells that obstruct radiance on your skin, and beta-carotene to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without irritation.
If you have been in the sun a lot over the years and have been exposed to harsh pollutants in the environment, you are probably suffering from environmental ageing. In this case, look for products, which contain jojoba and Argan beads to exfoliate, and Vitamin C to preserve collagen. There is no shortage of vitamin-c based creams and serums, but for an intensive treat, smooth on Christian Acuña Purifying Mask and Face Exfoliant (now on a limited edition pack for $1115) which contains amino acids along with alkaline enzymes to smooth skin and boost cell turnover.
Moisturising ingredients such as shea butter are also essential when it comes to the art of wrinkle busting, due to their ability to restore natural smoothness. Natural ingredients such as fruit oils and avocado will all enhance the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Retinol, which is basically pure vitamin A and which works by stimulating cell growth and building collagen, is equally beneficial. Christian Acuña Moisturiser for Normal to Dry Skin ($95) is a great example of a retinol product, which also helps to protect skin from external aggressors.
When it comes to the delicate skin around the eye area, avoid heavy products, which can “pool” under the area and are harder for the skin to absorb. If possible, opt for a lighter cream or serum. CA Eye Revive Serum ($85) is ideal for this delicate area. The lightweight serum contains a hi-tech combination of amino acids and anti-oxidant rich linseed to smooth and firm the skin without suffocating it.
Understandably, diet is an important factor of keeping a younger looking skin for longer.
Peptides are another ingredient worth looking out for. The actual tightening effect that you want comes from various peptides, we are huge fans of peptides because they are water-based and have a tiny molecular structure which enables them to interact with the skin in a very effective manner. It is particularly beneficial for men’ skin as it is much thicker and with more sebaceous glands that for women. Peptides can be found in a huge range of beauty products. One example is Christian Acuña Lotion for Normal to Oily Skin ($80). It works by slowing the breakdown of collagen. And our Ultimate Anti-Ageing Eye Repair ($160) is another peptide-packed miracle product, and is ideal for use on sensitive skin.
Boosting cell turnover is essential, not just because doing so allows products to penetrate the skin better, but because increased cell turnover means less wrinkles. Men (and women) need to stimulate the skin’s cell turnover rate in order to achieve a gradual and permanent reduction of wrinkles.
Finally, do not forget to moisturise. In warmer weather, when we are more prone to oily skin, it is easy to forget just how essential moisture is for our skin. Look for moisture-binding ingredients, which work in a time-released manner, such as sodium hyaluronate (otherwise known as hyaluronic acid), and extracts from the glycerine family.
Whatever you chose to use, practice the habit to use it every day.
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