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Anti-ageing creams and pills

Sarah Horrocks
by Sarah Horrocks Published on 7 April 2008
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Noticed a few wrinkles? Does your skin lack radiance and firmness? Don’t panic! A combination of nutritional supplements and anti-ageing cream can help you. Here’s our advice to help you choose your anti-ageing products.

How do you fight skin ageing?
The skin’s capacity to regenerate reduces with time and its needs evolve and change.

The dermis loses its thickness as a result of a drop in the production of sebaceous glands. Wrinkles set in because of free radicals. The skin's natural defences, anti-oxidants, fight skin ageing, but if you're overworked, stressed or on a diet (or all three!) you'll be lacking in anti-oxidant nutrients.

You need to get anti-oxidants to your skin in other ways to maintain a good balance.

How to deal with wrinkles
There are 2 solutions. Nutritional supplements act on the inside by restructuring the dermis, whilst special moisturising, anti-wrinkle, restructuring, lifting or remodelling creams act on the outside to protect the surface of the skin.

1. Supplements
Get into the habit of taking diet supplements. Supplements need to be taken as part of a balanced diet to make up your RDA, which you don't always get from a poorly-balanced or irregular diet.

80% of women don't get their recommended daily amounts of Vitamins C, E and minerals such as selenium, magnesium and zinc. Follow the daily doses indicated, taking 1 or 2 pills with a meal to optimise their action, for a three-month period.

What do they do?
Their goal is to prevent and slow ageing. Their formulae are made from phytonutrients, extracts from vegetables, fruit and seeds that supply the skin with essential vitamins, minerals and fatty acids.

Pills enriched with selenium increase the skin's defenses against the toxic action of free radicals that cause the skin to age. Based on Vitamins B, C, E and mineral salts, supplements restore the skin deep down.

Not recommended for: People who are on medication, pregnant or breastfeeding women should seek advice from their doctor before taking any supplements.

The +s
: You don’t need to consult a doctor or obtain a prescription. Nutritional supplements can simply be bought from chemists.

The –s
. You have to remember to take them every day, and some people find it difficult to swallow pills. Try getting into the habit of taking them at breakfast.

2. Anti-ageing creams
To optimise the action of nutritional supplements, use anti-ageing creams. Apply daily, morning and night. If your skin is looking particularly tired and crying SOS, use a mask that erases the traces of tiredness and a patch around your eyes to relax them.

For optimum absorption, apply cream in little touches, starting with the forehead. Massage from the centre towards the outside, from bottom to top, paying particular attention to the eyebrows.

Continue from the nostrils to your temples, making upward movements, and finish by massaging the outline of the face and chin, moving up towards the sides. This helps to reduce the loss of elasticity that occurs with age.

What do they do?

Anti-ageing creams neutralise free radicals, reduce wrinkles, maintain hydration, preserve the suppleness of the skin and restore its radiance. They re-establish the physiological balance of the skin and compensate for deficits.

Drawbacks

There are none! Taking care of your skin with adapted products is a pleasure. It's recommended you alternate textures, using rich creams in the winter and more liquid creams in summer.

Rituals

Use a moisturising mask once or twice per week to repair and stimulate the epidermal cells and make your skin more receptive to the benefits of your cream. Don’t forget to use creams for the delicate eye contour area every day.

Eye contour creams contain soothing active ingredients that rehydrate, decongest and smoothen bags, dark circles and wrinkles. If your eyes are especially tired, use fast-acting eye patches that take just minutes to act.

by Sarah Horrocks

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