Sugar, caffeine, late nights, and sun exposure are a few of our favorite things, but they can take a toll on our skin. Here is time-tested advice from our estheticians on how to both prevent and reverse signs of aging so that your skin looks and feels its best.
Read on to discover how to tackle dark spots, fine lines & wrinkles, dullness, loss of firmness and enlarged pores.
Problem: Uneven Skin Tone due to dark spots, melasma, scarring or general unevenness
Solution: Start incorporating targeted treatments that include clinically proven ingredients to help brighten dark spots (think: serums, essences and ampoules). Dark spots are formed when our melanocytes become overactive and clinically proven ingredients help to reduce that overactivity that results in the darker spots. Shangpree Marine Jewel Capsule: Each individual capsule is packed with sodium DNA, an extract derived from salmon sperm that encourages cell repair and regeneration and restores radiance (no salmon are harmed and the brand is cruelty-free).
Before/after photos provided from brand via their product study.
We also love niacinamide for dark spots as it’s clinically proven to help fade them quickly without being harsh on skin. Our Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum includes 2% niacinamide that helps to improve dark spots (whether from the sun or acne) gently and effectively.
You can also use neroli, a beautiful extract packed with vitamin C to help brighten dark spots. The Aromatica Neroli Brightening Facial Oil is a wonderful choice for those looking for an oil plus brightening benefits in-one.
Problem: Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Solution: When our skin loses its elasticity due to a slowdown in collagen and elastin production, we lose firmness and develop more pronounced wrinkles. Look for ingredients that will help activate more collagen production, such as vitamin A, adenosine, and peptides, a chain of amino acids which help signal the cells to stimulate collagen production. Antioxidants are also important as they form a protective shield against daily stressors that lead to premature aging. Mizon Peptide Serum is chockful of peptides that stimulate collagen and firm skin. Eco Your Skin Booster-Serum: Vitamin A is rich in retinol which helps combine collagen and elastin to reduce wrinkles, fade spots and hydrate skin. Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream drenches skin with antioxidants and clinically-proven wrinkle-fighter adenosine deep within skin and also creates a weightless, invisible antioxidant barrier to help fight off free radical damage at all layers of the skin.
And don’t forget about the eye area — this is where the first signs of aging appear because the eye contour has the thinnest and most fragile skin on the entire face. Shangpree S-Energy Repair Eye Cream renews skin cells and stimulates collagen production with oxygen and adenosine. It has arbutin to help brighten dark circles, too! Eco Your Skin Volufiline15 Eye Essence has 15% volufiline and polylactic acid to lessen the look of crow’s feet, under-eye wrinkles, lid creases, and forehead and neck lines.
Problem: Dull Skin
Solution: Get a healthy glow with the green juice equivalent for your skin and by ensuring skin is plumped up with hydration. The Pure Lotus Jeju Lotus Leaf Essence is made with 89% lotus leaf extract instead of water to leave your skin brighter, balanced, and hydrated. Eco Your Skin Booster-Serum: Vitamin B5 has, yes you guessed it, Vitamin B5 aka the anti-stress vitamin or “hangover cure,” to help relieve fatigue and dullness caused by environmental aggressors. Miwaji Hyalu Serum Veil has a proprietary mix of short and long chain hyaluronic acid molecules. The short chain molecules sink into skin binding moisture to the deeper layers of skin. The long chain molecules bind moisture to the skin's surface -- but the way it's formulated allows it to also form a veil on the surface of skin.
Problem: Loss of Firmness
Solution: If you’ve gone from taut and bouncy to sagging and droopy, find firming formulas that will give you a lift. Peach & Lily’s Chubby Cheeks Lift + Plump Sheet Mask contains collagen-boosting ingredients and a powerful dose of nourishment to help firm, plump, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. The best ways to prevent the signs of aging are hydrating and protecting the skin — ingredients like the powerful Dermaflux combined with antioxidants like trehalose and rose oil in Lagom Cellus Deep Moisture Cream will leave skin plumped and deeply moisturized. And last, but not least, Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum contains a cocktail of mountain yam, peach extract, niacinamide, peptides, and hyaluronic acid to brighten and firm skin. Crystal-clear glass skin is yours!
Problem: Enlarged Pores
Solution: As we get older, our skin can lose its firmness which can lead to the look of more enlarged pores. While pores can’t technically shrink in size, the appearance of pores can certainly be vastly diminished. Try the Peach & Lily Pore Proof Perfecting Clay Mask — this powerful yet calming formula uses kaolin clay and bentonite to help draw out even the deepest impurities, but, unlike typical clay masks, it won’t dry into a hard shell on your skin or leave skin feeling tight and uncomfortable. Shangpree’s Pore Tightening Mask clears excess sebum, eliminates dead skin, and tightens pores, but hydrates too. Be The Skin Botanical Pore Toner helps minimize the look of pores by balancing sebum production and providing a clear, matte surface for your following serums and moisturizers.