You’ve already put away your sundresses and sandals to make space for sweaters and boots. Not ready to transition to heavier moisturizing creams and treatments just yet? The good news is, you can achieve perfectly balanced skin of the dewy, not oily variety, without dramatically changing your current skin care regimen. By paying attention to ingredients that multi-task to hydrate, protect and preserve your youthful beauty, you may be able to get away with just a product swap or two.
What is the first product that comes into contact with your freshly cleansed face? That product should be a high quality anti-aging serum of a hydrating variety. Although the main reason you use a serum is for anti-aging results, why not choose a multi-benefit formula that also imparts hydration. The best serums contain peptides – chains of amino acids that support the collagen structure to nourish and combat wrinkles – and high quality moisturizing actives like Hyaluronic Acid. Acetyl Octapeptide-3 is worth scanning labels for, it is a peptide that mimics expression-line minimizing injections, relaxing repetitive facial contractions and visibly reducing wrinkle depth by as much as 63% in a 28 day clinical study. Hyaluronic Acid is the key moisturizing active to look for as it replenishes the skin’s barrier by attracting up to 1000 times its weight in water and as an added bonus, fills in fine lines by plumping up skin. These ingredients can be found along with five other anti-aging peptides and the skin-firming antioxidant, alpha lipoic acid, in HydroPeptide’s Cellular Transformation Serum.
Now that you know what to look for in a serum, the next step is the right moisturizer. The serum should be applied first since it has smaller molecules that penetrate deeply to deliver hydration and the moisturizing cream that follows forms a protective barrier, locking in much needed moisture. During this time of year when heavy creams may still be too rich for your skin’s hydration needs, opt for a smart moisturizer. Smart moisturizers are designed to adequately quench your complexion and the one you used in the warmer seasons may still be just right when applied after a very hydrating serum like HydroPeptide’s. To eliminate the need for an additional anti-wrinkle cream, look for a smart moisturizer that also delivers anti-aging benefits – again, peptides are the key ingredient. The collagen-boosting properties of peptides do more than visibly fill in wrinkles – healthier collagen results in more effective moisture retention. Anti-aging smart moisturizers with built-in antioxidant treatments are not only time-savers, they help preserve the youthful look and behavior of your skin. Insist on a formula that contains only the most powerful antioxidants – in particular Copper PCA, Green tea and Vitamin C – these help maintain a youthfulness by increasing the skin’s copper levels to help fight inflammation, improving elasticity and boosting collagen. HydroPeptide’s Face: Anti-Wrinkle Repair and Prevent Treatment is an example of a smart moisturizer with anti-aging peptide technology and a built-in antioxidant treatment featuring the aforementioned antioxidants plus sesame, shea and cocoa – free radical diffusers that do double duty as moisturizing actives.
During the colder part of the Fall season, your regimen may just require two simple upgrades: a hydrating and age-defying serum and a lightweight lotion that satisfies your complexion’s exact moisture needs until it’s time to bring out heavier creams for winter. By using the right serum as a moisture booster underneath a smart moisturizer for Fall – both day and night – you’ll achieve optimal hydration and avoid looking “shiny” at the end of the day and in pictures. Now that you know what to look for in products that work the smartest and hardest, why wait until the New Year to be noticed for your beautiful and balanced skin?!
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