Fine lines, crow's-feet, wrinkles, dryness... After the age of 30, the skin starts to show signs of aging and its needs naturally change. Of course, this aging process is normal, but bad lifestyle habits can speed it up, while the right products can help to slow it down. So, what kind of skincare product should you choose to fight the signs of aging?
Limit skin aging
Skin aging is a natural process, and several factors are involved. First of all, age and genetics obviously play a major role in cellular aging. While there's not much you can do about these two factors, you can limit your skin's exposure to other, extrinsic factors, which can exacerbate dryness and the appearance of wrinkles. These include:
- Environmental factors: sun, cold, wind, heat, air pollution, etc.
- Personal factors: stress, an overly rich and/or unbalanced diet, smoking, alcohol, inappropriate cosmetic products, etc.
A closer look at oxidative stress
Did you know that oxidative stress can also affect the formation of wrinkles?
When the cells in our skin react with oxygen, they produce chemical molecules – those famous free radicals, which have a damaging effect on the body, including the skin. The body responds by calling on its natural defense systems: antioxidants. These are produced by the body, but also absorbed into the body through food and skincare products. However, in our modern lifestyle, the problem is that often the number of free radicals outweighs the number of antioxidants. This leads to oxidative stress – a phenomenon that visibly accelerates skin aging.
So, to help prevent wrinkles from forming, there are two things you can do: minimize your skin's exposure to environmental and personal factors that can make things worse, and provide your skin with targeted nutrients and antioxidants by using skincare products tailored to your skin's needs.
Good to know: You can't repair an existing wrinkle, but it is possible to soften wrinkles a little and prevent more from forming.
What natural cosmetic ingredients can be used to fight wrinkles?
After the age of 30, there are two types of molecules that you should look for in your skincare products to help slow down the formation of wrinkles:
- Antioxidants, to fight oxidative stress.
There are lots of antioxidants in nature. Botanical oils, for example, are very rich in antioxidants, as are Vitamins C and E, polyphenols, carotenoids, black crowberry, resurrection plant, green tea and oat, to name a few.
- Fatty acids, to fight dehydration and environmental aggressors.
As we get older, the skin produces less sebum, and the intercellular lipid cement is compromised. As a result, the skin has less and less protection against dehydration – one of the main causes of wrinkles. This is why it's so important to apply natural fatty acids to the skin. These fatty acids can be found in plant oils, such as baobab, hemp and jojoba. Their structure is identical to that of the skin's own fatty acids, and this affinity enables them to play the role of sebum and the lipid cement. By helping to repair the skin's protective barrier, they fight dryness and leave skin looking smoother. To fight premature skin aging, you therefore need to adopt a skincare routine with organic products that contain ingredients rich in antioxidants and fatty acids. There are other natural anti-wrinkle ingredients that are definitely worth looking out for, such as Aloe Vera, Bamboo Silica, Horsetail, Beech Bud, Calcium and Magnesium.
What anti-wrinkle cream should you use after age 30?
- An anti-wrinkle eye cream
The first unwelcome signs of aging appear in the eye area. Collagen and elastin levels are lower here, which explains why the skin is looser around the eyes. The eyelids become droopy, crow's-feet form, and under-eye fat bags may also appear beneath the lower eyelids. Our organic eye cream, La Crème Réparatrice Regard, works to smooth out the eye contour and visibly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, while helping to restore firmness and elasticity to this delicate area. It contains powerful natural anti-wrinkle ingredients:
- Acmella, a plant ingredient that helps to smooth the eye area;
- Mamaku, rich in polysaccharides, which helps to improve cell renewal and lift the skin;
- Hyaluronic acid, which moisturizes and plumps the skin around the eyes.
The formula also contains essential fatty acids from botanical oils and butters (Jojoba, Sesame, Shea and Wheatgerm), as well as antioxidant Vitamin E, and Aloe Vera, which works to combat cellular aging.
- An anti-wrinkle face cream
As for your face, look for an anti-wrinkle cream that will take complete care of your skin! In the morning, apply our organic face cream, La Crème Beau Jour. Boasting anti-aging, protective, energizing and regenerating benefits, it's a complete skincare formula that works to protect your skin every day, while looking after it for the future. Its ingredients include Chaga – one of the most powerful antioxidant to exist.
To end your day on a beautiful note, apply La Crème du Soir before going to bed. This organic face cream offers antioxidant and restructuring benefits, and gives your skin what it needs to help it function like young skin again. It works while you sleep, so you can wake up to a smoother-looking complexion. Among its ingredients, you'll find Magnesium – a natural anti-stress mineral that inhibits muscle micro-contractions, which are known to contribute to wrinkles and fine lines. There's also Argan oil, rich in Vitamin E and omega 3, which helps to slow down skin aging naturally.
We have other anti-wrinkle solutions too! Men will love La Crème de l’Homme, rich in Baobab and Hemp oils. And then there's our organic beauty oil, Addiction, made with a blend of 27 botanical oils. So whatever your needs or desires, there's an Absolution product that's right for you!
A night cream
Complete your beauty routine with a night cream. You'll want it to make your skin look rested when you wake up, as if you'd had a good, long night's sleep, but also to provide radiance and firming benefits. Skin cells are most active and cell renewal is faster at night, so this is the best time for the skin to repair any damage it suffered during the day. However, as we get older, cell renewal slows down, which leads to more pronounced lines and wrinkles. The skin may look more tired and feel tight.
By applying a night cream after cleansing, you can give your skin extra beneficial active ingredients that support overnight cell renewal, thus helping to reduce the appearance of dark spots and soften the signs of time. To end your day on a beautiful note and gently prepare your skin for the night, apply La Crème du Soir before going to bed. This organic face cream offers antioxidant and restructuring benefits, and gives your skin what it needs to help it function like young skin again. It works while you sleep, so you can wake up to a smoother-looking complexion. Among the ingredients in this cream, you'll find:
- Magnesium, a natural anti-stress mineral that inhibits muscle micro-contractions, which are known to contribute to wrinkles and fine lines;
- Argan oil, rich in Vitamin E and omega 3, which helps to slow down skin aging naturally;
- Hyaluronic Acid, a potent hydrating molecule that smoothes the skin and restores its elasticity;
- Beeswax, a natural active ingredient known for its moisturizing and soothing properties, which deeply nourishes the skin;
- Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil and Sesame Oil for their calming and softening properties.
All these ingredients in La Crème du Soir will work to repair and nourish your skin while you sleep, helping to reduce the appearance of dark spots and signs of aging.
- An anti-wrinkle serum
To increase the effectiveness of your anti-aging face cream, combine it with an organic firming serum, like Le Booster LIFT. Rich in Resurrection Plant, Horsetail, Oat and Calcium, it works to redefine facial contours, firm, restore density, rehydrate and smooth the skin. All that – in one formula!
- An anti-wrinkle mask
The final essential product in your anti-aging skincare routine is an anti-wrinkle mask. Use one whenever your skin feels the need for some deep, intense hydration. Our organic face mask, Le Masque Velours Repulpant, gives your skin a new lease of life in just 10 minutes! It contains the following natural anti-aging active ingredients:
- Snow Mushroom – a Chinese mushroom with exceptional antioxidant and hydrating properties.
- Alfalfa sprouts, which help to restore density to skin that longs to feel young again. Rich in proteins, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements, they also contain Vitamin U – a rare vitamin that contains an epidermal growth factor. It promotes skin regeneration and helps to reduce the appearance of expression lines.
- Beech Bud, from the "tree of eternal youth," which increases cellular oxygen consumption, for smoother, radiant skin.
Now you're equipped and ready to fight the signs of time!
Last but not least, don't forget to apply an SPF every day to protect your skin from sun damage. Remember that sun exposure can cause both wrinkles and dark spots. Never skip removing makeup and cleansing your face before you go to bed. These two key steps in your evening skincare routine will remove impurities that have built up during the day and prevent them from adhering to your skin. The latest addition to our cleansing range, Le Baume Céleste, is a makeup remover that helps to soothe reactive skin, correct minor blemishes, and even out skin tone. It's even suitable for older skin, which it nourishes and pampers with its blend of exceptional active ingredients.
So, if you want to keep your skin looking youthful and radiant for longer, follow our tips! We promise you'll thank us later!