When it comes to banishing fine lines and wrinkles already set in place, jumping under the needle tends to reign supreme. This is mainly due to the very (unfortunate) fact that it is almost impossible to turn back the clock when it comes to our skin. But, if you cringe at the thought of a sharp object - there are actually a number of topical solutions that help stave off the premature signs of ageing… no needles necessary.
The name of the game when it comes to ironing out wrinkles and plumping lax skin is to reinject the skin with collagen and elastin fibres. These basically act as the building blocks for our skin, and give the complexion that plump, youthful appearance. Topical ingredients such as retinol, peptides and niacinamide can all help to increase the skin's cell turnover which will hydrate the skin and in turn, reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
While we absolutely encourage graceful ageing, we also accept that this will look different for everyone, if you’re wanting a youthful elixir to help you on your skin confidence journey - here are the products you need to have on your roster.
What causes fine lines and wrinkles?
As we age, our skin will naturally go through some changes. These usually include a mix of dark spots, texture changes, loss of elasticity and dryness. The truth is, no amount of moisturiser is going to stop these changes from creeping in eventually, but using the right products can absolutely delay the process!
Most skin changes happen as a result of exposure to the sun (which is why we’re always hammering on about SPF!) This being said, the most useful thing you can do for your skin to reduce premature signs of ageing is to apply SPF daily.
The sun is obviously a major contributor, but there are other things that play a part too. Lifestyle habits such as alcohol intake and smoking will also dictate where you get wrinkles and where. And of course, there is just the scientific fact that as we age our skin produces less collagen. Collagen is the structural protein found in our skin, as our skin will naturally start to produce less of it - the skin will start to sag. As we mentioned, this process is inevitable and totally natural - but there are certain topical skincare ingredients that will help put the spring back into your skin!
What are the best skincare products for fine lines and wrinkles?
If you want to start your collagen-boosting from the comfort of your own home, here are our top product picks to include in your routine, and it doesn’t require any shopping around.
Our Skinsmiths have recently launched the PRO Essentials Age Defying Kit which has all the aforementioned ingredients that make their formulas ultra-effective. The beauty of our Skinsmiths kits is that they do all the hard work of seeking out the very best ingredients and formulas to help combat a specific skincare concern, and put them all into a convenient pack for you. Here’s a closer look at what the Age Defying Kit includes:
Gentle Cream Cleanser
As we mentioned earlier, the loss of collagen production can cause ageing skin to dry out. This being said you want to incorporate hydrating ingredients that don’t strip the skin every step of the way, including your cleanser.
The Gentle Cream Cleanser works to gently remove makeup and daily impurities while simultaneously injecting protective hydration into your skin to nourish dry and sensitive skin. Harnessing the strength of avocado oil, hemp oil, sodium hyaluronate and Skinsmiths hero ingredient, SauvigNZ, this is like kryptonite for dehydrated skin.
Resurfacing AHA/BHA Peel
Nothing will whip your skin into shape quite like a good peel. When it comes to ageing skin, chemical peels are your best bet. They’ll help to increase the skin's cell turnover without stripping or damaging your skin barrier. Our Skinsmiths have harnessed the power of AHA and BHA in the Resurfacing AHA/BHA Peel, which will give you an in-clinic result from your own bed!
Peel and reveal your skin overnight to reveal your very best skin with this multi-acid exfoliating peel. Harnessing the power of ABC Fruit Mix, Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid this peel works to soften skin and increase cellular renewal as well as decongesting pores.
PRO Strength Retinol
It simply would not be an anti-ageing skincare regime without the inclusion of fan-favourite retinol. Retinol ticks all the recommended boxes for ageing skin; boosts collagen production, boosts elasticity, firms sagging skin, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The PRO Retinol Serum is the ultimate age-defying elixir that will help reverse and prevent signs of ageing.
PRO Collagen Eye Complex
Obviously, an all-star skincare lineup would not be complete without a good under-eye cream. The PRO Collagen Eye Complex is a ceramide-enriched targeted eye treatment that is specifically designed to hydrate your delicate under-eye area. It’s effective, while also being gentle enough to be suitable for this delicate area. It includes (everyone’s favourite) retinol which will increase cell turnover and boost collagen, as well as SyntenolA which is a natural phyto retinol alternative proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Complete Recovery Moisturiser
Absolutely crucial to locking in all that serum goodness is a rich, hydrating moisturiser. The Complete Recovery Moisturiser is up to the task. This ceramide-rich formula will seal in moisture, as well as work to repair and protect the skin barrier. It’s the perfect final step to your ritual and will ensure all your other products are working as hard as they possibly can.
Daily Antioxidant Defence SPF30
As we mentioned, when it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (or preventing them from appearing in the first place) you truly cannot beat a good SPF. The Daily Antioxidant Defence SPF30 is a moisturising sheer sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum and antioxidant protection for your skin. It includes organic chemical UV filters which will provide protection from both UVA and UVB filters, while also incorporating Hyaluronic Acid and Sodium Hyaluronate for an extra hydrating boost.
Make sure you apply every day and reapply during the day for the best protection!