We know that our skin ages every day, yet we only think about it when the signs of ageing appear. Ageing is a normal process, during which the process of skin cell regeneration and synthesis of collagen is slower, weakening the structure of the inner support and the natural skin barrier.
This weakening of the skinning process can cause signs of ageing to appear prematurely in conjunction with environmental and lifestyle factors such as pollution.
In an exclusive interview with HealthWire media, Malika Sadani, Founder & CEO, The Moms Co, talks about the early signs of ageing, and how you can take your anti-ageing skincare routine to the next level.
What are the factors that cause early signs of ageing?
Ageing is caused by two factors – intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic factors can control extrinsic factors, ultimately leading to stop this process ageing. Extrinsic factors include exposure to air pollution, UV rays from the sun, smoking and drinking alcohol, a diet that is high in salt, sugar and unhealthy fats among others.
How can one fight early signs of ageing?
Taking care of one’s diet and following a healthy lifestyle can help reduce early signs of ageing.
UVA rays from the sun can penetrate the skin and damage collagen and elastin fibres which can lead to skin sagging and formation of wrinkles. UVB rays on the other hand can cause skin redness. It’s best to apply a Mineral-based sunscreen daily, even when you are indoors. Keep your body hydrated by drinking water and following a balanced diet.
Limit your intake of foods high in unhealthy fats, salts and sugar as these can adversely impact your skin’s health and lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Exercising regularly is also beneficial not just for your body but for your skin as well. Quitting smoking is another way to look after your skin and reduce the chances of premature ageing.
What are the key ingredients one should watch out for while picking anti-ageing products?
For ages, Retinol has been the most touted skincare ingredient when it comes to anti-ageing. A Vitamin-A derivative, Retinol and Retinoids stimulate collagen production which helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol also stimulates skin cell turnover which improves uneven skin tone and leads to smoother skin.
While some retinol products are available over the counter, stronger retinoid products are available only with a prescription. Like most chemicals, retinol isn’t without side effects. It is known to cause skin redness, flakiness and sensitivity. Retinol-based products aren’t safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
But if you are using a Retinol-based product, then always do a patch test to ensure that it suits your skin and rule out any side effects. At The Moms Co., we have introduced Bakuchiol – A natural alternative to Retinol that works to reduce early signs of ageing in our Natural Age Control range.
What makes Bakuchiol a better alternative than Retinol?
Bakuchiol is a plant-based natural alternative to Retinol. Retinol is usually synthetic is known to cause skin flakiness, redness and itchiness. It is also not suitable for people with sensitive skin and Retinol-based products are not recommended to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Retinol also makes the skin sensitive to UV rays and that’s why it is recommended to use Retinol-based products at night. Bakuchiol, on the other hand, works just like Retinol to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and stimulate collagen synthesis. It does not have any of the side effects that come with Retinol.