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Masks have become increasingly popular in recent years. This is because the very act of applying and leaving a mask on your skin feels refreshing and regenerative. It also gives people a sense of luxury at home as makes have traditionally been used in spas. Applying your mask and relaxing for 20 minutes while it works its magic on your skin is something we all enjoy. What a great excuse to take a break from your to do list and unwind.
Between sheet masks, gel masks and fresh masks, there is a growing range of masks for both men and women of all skin types on the market today. In addition to buying masks online or in your local drug store, many people are opting to make their own DIY face masks at home. Regardless of whether you choose to buy or make your mask, there are certain ingredients that you should ensure it contains.
Beauty brands are getting more creative by the day with their ingredients as they struggle to capture and maintain the loyalty of this huge customer base. However, there are some ingredients which are more effective on the signs of aging than others and which every anti-aging product should contain.
You may not know it, but hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body. This clear, gooey substance is highly effective at locking in moisture. This ability to retain water makes it a God send to dry and thirsty skin. As the skin ages, it loses much of its moisture. This is why it cracks and folds, and fine lines and wrinkles appear. By using hyaluronic acid products, you can replace the lost moisture in your skin and help your skin maintain its suppleness for longer.
Although the word “acid” isn’t one which conjures images of a soft and gentle product, the truth is that hyaluronic acid is just that. Because it’s naturally produced by the body and you have some of it in your body right now, allergic reactions to products containing it are very rare indeed.
You’ve probably heard of retinol but aren’t sure of what exactly it is or does. Retinol is a form of vitamin A and is clinically proven to boost collagen production in the skin. The skin produces collagen naturally, but collagen production declines significantly with age. Collagen is vital for skin elasticity. This means that it allows the skin to move and stretch comfortably. When your skin has a lack of collagen, it leaves your skin sagging and tired looking.
However, when you’re getting enough collagen, the skin looks plump and youthful. Retinol has been known to cause some side effects. These include red, itching skin and general irritation. In severe cases it can cause a burning sensation on the skin. These side effects are relatively common, so do be careful when using retinol products.
Green tea is nature’s most powerful antioxidant. This makes it highly effective at tackling free radicals. These are tiny molecules which are produced naturally in the body. While free radicals aren’t necessarily the source of all evil, when we have too many of them and they’re left unchecked, they can damage the skin significantly. They attach themselves to the cells in our skin and do significant damage to them.
Excessive free radical production is often caused by sun exposure. This is why it is vital to wear an SPF everyday. They can also be caused by smoking and other toxins. Green tea is one of the best antioxidants there is. This means that by including it as an ingredient in your mask, you can tackle the actual cause of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, some studies suggest that antioxidants can help prevent some diseases, such as cancers. What’s not to love about that?
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is your skin’s best friend. If you haven’t introduced them yet, it’s high time you do! Tea tree oil is one of over 90 essential oils used in the traditional medicine practice of aromatherapy. While many essential oils are known to be beneficial to the skin, tea tree oil is hands down the best. Tea tree oil contains anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties. What does that mean? Well, it means that using tea tree oil on your skin will help protect it from pretty much everything you want to protect it from, including the signs of aging.
Some research shows that tea tree oil can be effective at reducing under eye bags, one of the most obvious signs of aging. It’s also believed to brighten the skin around the eye and minimize dark circles, giving your eyes a much brighter, more youthful appearance. However, make sure to never apply tea tree or any other essential oil directly to the skin as this can cause irritation. Mixing a few drops of it with a teaspoon of coconut oil, or another carrier oil, will prevent this from happening.
CBD oil has become one of the most topical home remedies in the world in recent years. This oil, which is extracted from the infamous cannabis plant, has been proven to have some pretty impressive medicinal qualities, many of which can contribute to younger looking skin. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
This means that it can reduce redness, puffiness, and even pain. Inflammation is responsible for many of the signs of aging on the skin. CBD is also thought to help with the regulation of skin help through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system. This is a system within the body which regulates the normal functioning of the skin. Researchers think that this is why CBD could help to fight the causes of the 7 signs of aging, rather than just treating the symptoms.
CBD is a relatively new addition to the home remedy market and is still largely untested. However, all of the research so far suggest to this being a very useful oil to those in search of more youthful skin. We’re all fighting off the persistent signs of age on our skin. No matter who you are, where you live, or how you spend your days, the chances are you yearn for the soft, supple skin of youth. Unfortunately, time waits for no man and neither does its effects on the skin.
Thankfully, the beauty industry have come to our rescue and given us such a vast array of choices that sometimes, it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees. Indeed, there are so many options when it comes to anti-aging skincare that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. However, choosing the right anti-aging skincare products doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems. By understanding the ingredients that go into these products and what each ingredient does to the skin, you can better asses which products are right for you.