How To Start A Skin Routine With Dermalogica Age Smart
At Jersey Beauty Company we love our skin. And we want you to love your skin too - at every age and every stage in the ageing process. We want you to have healthy, happy skin. We know that means understanding your skin, how it changes as you age and what you might need to do to treat your skin well at every stage of the ageing process.
We embrace wrinkles and signs of ageing, it’s a part of the natural process of change our skin goes through. But we also recognise that deepening lines and wrinkles can be a sign that our skin isn’t as healthy as it could be. Premature ageing signs are signs that our skin needs a helping hand. That’s one of the many reasons we love Dermalogica at Jersey Beauty Company, because their Age Smart range is all about dealing with premature ageing of the skin.
We chat to Dermalogica skin therapist Emma about premature ageing, Age Smart products, a bit of science about the ageing process and the six step routine for skincare.
So… premature ageing signs might not be obvious. This is because it is happening underneath the skin so we can't necessarily see it or the damage that's occurred under there and that's starting to evolve, but it generally it’s things like sun damage, and the cells slowing down. It’s not until the time we reach late twenties and early thirties that we might start to see the ageing process become apparent.
It's not that the skin has just started to age, it's always been ageing, but at that point we're able to see the actual effects of the ageing process come to the surface, the damage that we've accumulated underneath.
So when does ageing start? Right, this isn’t meant to alarm you, but skin therapist Emma starts off by telling us that premature ageing actually happens from the day we are born. From the minute we are born, our skin and our bodies are exposed to light, and vitamin, external pollutants, and really from our diet from that day forward as well. See, premature ageing isn’t the same as the natural ageing process.
When we talk about premature ageing, we are talking about the effects of the environment and all those other factors on our skin. And it isn’t just something that happens in our younger years. Alongside the natural ageing process, deepening lines and wrinkle can be a sign that our skin needs a bit of help to be the healthy and remarkable you!
That’s where Dermalogica comes in with their Age Smart Range.
Dermalogica Age Smart Range
A pretty cool name… which skin therapist Emma tells us has two meanings – firstly it sums up Dermalogica’s desire to help you to get smart about the decision you make on skincare for your skin, helping you to understand your skin to best know how to treat it. And secondly, the Age Smart Range is really unique in the technology it uses, it’s a really smart way to look after and care for ageing skin.
So what do all the Dermalogica Age Smart products have in common?
Skin therapist Emma tells us the Dermalogica Age Smart range are linked by two factors:
Ingredients – a cocktail of vitamins and minerals to help ageing skin and to combat the effects of environment on the skin
Technology – the delivery system used to get those vitamins and minerals deep into the layers of your skin that need them most
MMPs and the Ageing Process
So one of the things we love most about Dermalogica is that they share our passion for skin education. Not content with just selling us skin care products we don’t understand the beenfots of, Dermalogica want us to be age-smart – to understand what the active ingredients in the products you are using are doing for your skin.
That sometimes mean they use terms we haven’t heard of before! Which is a part of skin education. Like MMPs.
What are MMPs?
Basically, a very long word - Matrix Metalloproteinases, which is why we call them MMPs!
Matrix Metalloproteinases are enzymes that degrade your skin tissue. This matters because as you get older skin tissue is so, so important to the surface appearance of the skin. Without it our skin appearance is much rougher, much more uneven and also slows down the healing process. As we age the skin naturally thins and we lose the ability to be able to heal as quickly.
What have MMPs got to do with anything?
Well when you see things like red veins and broken capillaries appearing on the surface of your skin. That’s the result of MMPs – they are enzymes that get in there, degrade that tissue and make that process happen.
We do have natural MMP inhibitors within our bodies but as with everything as we age, they naturally degrade. Dermalogica Age Smart products are designed to help to stop that process happening again. Ingredients like retinol, which is a normalizer helps to inhibit the MMPs, so once the enzymes start the action of degrading tissue, the vitamin A goes in and normalises the tissue.
What is Glycation?
Now for another bit of science… glycation stops the process of collagen dividing in the skin. Glycation happens when glucose gets into the body, through carbohydrates and your diet and enters the blood stream. When glucose hits the skin cells it looks for proteins, like collagen, and it looks to degrade these proteins. The glycation process essentially eats away at your collagen.
Dermalogica Age Smart has sugar traps – ingredients that prevent and control the process of glycation. So, the molecules often appear the same as collagen would look like, so that when that glycation process starts to happen, it happens to these molecules rather than the collagens. Clever stuff!
The Dermalogica Age Smart Range
So we asked Dermalogica skin therapist Emma to guide us through the six step Dermalogica skin care routine. The other fab thing to say about the Age Smart range is that you can pick and choose, we just have put together our favourites – you might just want to use a moisturiser or cleanser from the range as part of your existing skincare routine.
Dermalogica Age Smart – A Six Step Routine
Steps 1 and 2 - Double-Cleanse
At Jersey Beauty Company, we’re massive converts of the double-cleanse – cleansing the skin twice, once to remove make-up and then a second cleanse to really clean the skin.
Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Resurfacing Cleanser is a great cleanser. It not only leaves your skin feeling ultra-clean, it also works to prepare your skin for all the key ingredients from the rest of the Age Smart routine. That’s because it has lactic acid as a key ingredient that helps to smoothe and retexturise your skin, helping to remove dead cells and make skin feel and look brighter and healthier and Vitamin E which conditions your skin and fortifies your natural skin barrier.
Step 3 - Tone – Dermalogica Age Smart Antioxidant Hydramist
Dermalogica Age Smart Antioxidant Hydramist is a refreshing antioxidant shield to improve skin texture while intensely hydrating dry, dehydrated skin. Apart from the fact a shield sounds like a pretty cool thing to have - this is also a fab product for fighting glycation. The shield is made up White Tea, Licorice and Vitamin E to fight damaging free radicals, and a patented polypeptide helps prevent glycation. Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, a highly-active Vitamin C complex, combined with collagen-stimulating peptides, also encourages firmness and elasticity to help reduce the appearance of fine lines.
What we love about the Hydramist is that as well as being a stable favourite toner as part of our daily skin care routine, it’s really refreshing and a great treat to refresh your skin during the day.
Step 4 - Exfoliate – Dermalogica Age Smart Daily Superfoliant
Right, now we know we’re all busy. So you might have got to stage four and be thinking, how am I meant to have time to daily exfoliate? Well, one of the reasons we love the Daily Superfoliant is that it takes just one minute to deep cleanse your skin.
Yes! This incredible exfoliator opens your pores to provide you with a deep and effective cleanse, without going to a beauty salon. Activated binchotan charcoal draws pollutants up as if through a drinking straw so that when you rinse this product from your face you are actually rinsing away the deepest toxins.
Step 5 - Moisturise and SPF – Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Recovery SPF50
This is way more than just a moisturiser – it’s triple action skin care. It contains AGE Smart ingredients to enhance the skin's natural ability to fight skin-ageing free radicals (Reactive Oxygen Species) and helps prevent the signs of ageing caused by sugar reacting with proteins in skin (AGEs) and to regulate the formation of collagen-degrading MMPs brought on by UV rays. Its built in SPF 50 protects your skin against further damage from the sun.
So the final step in the skin routine happens when you’re sleeping. Did you know that your skin is most active when you’re asleep, repairing itself and renewing cells? This amazing product gives your skin a boost in that natural process.
You might have used the Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum, and be wondering the difference. Well the Overnight Retinol Repair has a high-concentrate of pure retinol, which simultaneously exfoliates dead skin cells and combats signs of premature ageing - just a small amount increases skin elasticity by a remarkable 180%! The treatment comes with a moisturising buffer cream to help first-time retinol users, or those with more sensitive skin, acclimate to this highly-active form of retinol.
That’s what makes this product a true boost to your skin!
And that’s that… your six step skin routine with Dermalogica Age Smart. Now as we’ve already said, you might want to pick and choose from the range for your specific needs. Each of the stages in their own right are fantastic products and will boost antioxidants, will work against glycation and MMPs to ensure your skin is protected against premature ageing and the effects of the environment on your skin.
Why not check out the full range of Dermalogica Age Smart products on your website, at Jersey Beauty Company, to find the right products for your unique skin, so as you age, you can continue to be the happy, healthy, remarkable you!
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