Anti-Aging Superheroes - SkinMiles South Africa

Anti-Aging Superheroes

Super Ingredients For Anti-Aging 

Do anti-ageing ingredients really exist and if so should I be using them on my skin and which ones should I choose?

 

It can get very confusing when hearing about all the different ‘anti-aging’ ingredients that skin care brands say are the best. You may have specific questions like should I use a retinol on my skin or what are antioxidants and how do they work and should I use them?

Dr Alek Nikolic’s Fast Fact: 

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There is no single wonder ingredient and for us to achieve the best result possible from our skin care regimes so the bottom line is that we need a combination of ingredients applied regularly to the skin both in the morning and evening after cleansing.

What Are The Anti-Aging Superheroes?

Our skins need certain basic core ingredients to fight against ageing so I will give a quick run down on what they are and how they work. The best products any skincare company can offer to fight wrinkles and aging include the following ingredients:

Sunscreen    

I am a firm believer in using a SPF 30 or higher so if you moisturiser combo SPF is sitting around 20 then boost the skin’s defence by adding a sunscreen to your skin care regime. One of the most common replies I get from patients is that sunscreens make them feel greasy or interfere with makeup or even leave a white tinge.

The answer to this is to get samples of the different sunscreens and use them till you find the one that suites your skin. All the sunscreens we sell have been tested by numerous patients from my practice and the ones that do not leave any tell-tale signs can be found here.

Our biggest enemy when it comes to ageing skin and hence wrinkles is UV damage so our first priority should be sunscreen applied every day in the A.M. Research has shown that not only will it help with ageing but we can expect to see an improvement in pigmentation and glow to our skins with daily use.

Exfoliants

As we age our ability to get rid of the dead outer layer of skin cells is dramatically reduced (and this starts from the age of thirty) leaving us with a rough or textured skin surface. Furthermore a dull and sallow complexion starts to appear and with time wrinkles appear worse and we may even have dry areas visible on the skin surface.

Exfoliants are there to remove the unwanted and unneeded dead outer layer of skin cells and improve the penetration of skin care products and AHA’s and BHA’s have even shown t stimulate collagen and elastin production.

Antioxidants

These ingredients are a must have in any skin care regime as they have been shown to do the following:

  1. Reduce inflammation
  2. Repair and restore the skin against free radicle damage
  3. Defend against environmental stress
  4. Helps the skin to build more collagen
  5. Increases the skin’s ability to heal itself
  6. Antioxidants help fight sun damage.

Cell Communicating Ingredients:

Older skin cells are forced to become young again. The skin is an intricate network of cells engaged in various levels of communication at all times. The most prevalent molecules responsible for this communication are cytokines. Cytokines are proteins, or peptides, that function as biological messengers. Cell-communicating ingredients indicate to your skin cells that it is time to start generating healthier younger skin cells. In doing so, you prevent wrinkles and reduce the appearance of existing wrinkles.

Skin Identical Substances:

A product may only be called “Skin Identical” if it is naturally occurring in the skin. Skin Identical Ingredients are important because they are our skins repairing ingredients and they tend to improve and target the substances between skin cells known as the intercellular matrix which helps to keep skin cells connected and helps to maintain the skin’s fundamental external structure.

Skin Identical Ingredients in the outermost layer of the skin include: ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol, all of which help to keep your skin looking young and radiant.

The next layer of your skin is the layer that is able to retain moisture. The important Skin Identical Ingredients for this layer include hyaluronic acidGlycerin, and lecithin.

Specific Uses:

  1. Hold skin cells together and protect them
  2. Replenish and restore the skin‘s external barrier making it soft and supple,
  3. Diminishing dry skin conditions
  4. Helps to build collagen
  5. Improves the skin defence against environmental factors

By using a combination of the above ingredients we are literally getting the best of the best on our skins. All research so far indicates that these are truly the superhero anti-ageing ingredients for our skin care regime.

Here are some examples of each:

 

AHAs and BHA:

  1. NEOSTRATA HIGH POTENCY CREAM 20 AHA
  2. NEOSTRATA GEL PLUS 15 AHA
    DERMAQUEST-DERMACLEAR-BHA-CLEANSER Anti-Aging Superstars
  3. DERMAQUEST ESSENTIAL DAILY CLEANSER
  4. EXUVIANCE CLARIFYING SOLUTION
  5. DERMAQUEST DERMACLEAR BHA CLEANSER: Dr Alek Nikolic’s High Recommendation Product! 

Retinol

  1. EXUVIANCE SUPER RETINOL CONCENTRATE
  2. DERMACEUTIC ACTIV RETINOL 0.5: Dr Alek Nikolic’s High Recommendation Product!
  3. DERMACEUTIC ACTIV RETINOL 1.0
  4. SKINCEUTICALS RETINOL 0.3
  5. NEOSTRATA RENEWAL CREAM

Vitamin C

  1. EXUVIANCE VITAMIN C BOOSTER POWDER: Dr Alek Nikolic’s High Recommendation Product!
    DERMACEUTIC-ACTIV-RETINOL-0.5 Anti-Aging Superstars
  2. OBAGI PRO C VITAMIN SUNCARE SPF 30
  3. DERMAQUEST C INFUSION SERUM
  4. DERMAQUEST C INFUSION CLEANSER
  5. PROEVEN NIGHT 40ml
  6. PROEVEN BRIGHTENING CLEANSING FOAM 100ml
  7. OBAGI PRO C SERUM 20%
  8. EXUVIANCE BRIGHTENING BIONIC EYE CREME PLUS

Vitamin E

  1. EXUVIANCE REJUVENATING COMPLEX
    SKINCEUTICALS Hydrating-B5 Anti-Aging Superstars

  2. DERMAQUEST ESSENTIAL DAILY CLEANSER
  3. OBAGI ELASTIDERM EYE CREAM
  4. OBAGI NUDERM BLEND FX: Dr Alek Nikolic’s High Recommendation Product!
  5. EXUVIANCE AGE LESS EVERYDAY FLUID

Niacinamide

  1. DERMAQUEST ESSENTIAL B5 MOISTURE MATT
  2. SKINCEUTICALS HYDRATING B5: Dr Alek Nikolic’s High Recommendation Product!
  3. Collagen Pro-Active Liquid
  4. DERMAQUEST ESSENTIAL B5 HYDRATING SERUM: Dr Alek Nikolic’s High Recommendation Product!
  5. DERMAQUEST ESSENTIAL MOISTURIZER
    DERMAQUEST-C-INFUSION-TX-MASK Anti-Aging Superstars

Green and White Tea

  1. DERMAQUEST C INFUSION TX MASK: Dr Alek Nikolic’s High Recommendation Product!
  2. NEOSTRATA SKIN ACTIVE ANTIOXIDANT DEFENSE SERUM
  3. OBAGI PRO C EYE BRIGHTENER EYE SERUM
  4. EXUVIANCE SKIN RISE BIONIC TONIC
  5. NEOSTRATA SKIN ACTIVE FIRMING COLLAGEN BOOSTER
    NEOSTRATA Skin-active-firming-collagen-booster Anti-Aging Superstars

Resveratrol

  1. SKINCEUTICALS RESVERATROL BE: Dr Alek Nikolic’s High Recommendation Product!
  2. DERMAQUEST STEM CELL 3D EYELIFT

Grape Seed

SKINCEUTICALS Resveratrol-BE Anti-Aging Superstars
  1. EXUVIANCE AGE REVERSE NIGHT LIFT
  2. NEOSTRATA DAYTIME PROTECTION CREAM SPF 23 10 PHA
  3. NEOSTRATA SKIN ACTIVE DERMAL REPLENISHMENT
  4. NEOSTRATA SKIN ACTIVE FIRMING COLLAGEN BOOSTER: Dr Alek Nikolic’s High Recommendation Product!
  5. NEOSTRATA SKIN ACTIVE CELLULAR RESTORATION
  6. DERMAQUEST ESSENTIAL DAILY CLEANSER
    SKINCEUTICALS-TRIPLE-LIPID-RESTORE-2-4-2 Anti-Aging Superstars

Pomegranate

  1. NEOSTRATA SKIN ACTIVE CELLULAR RESTORATION
  2. EXUVIANCE AGE REVERSE DAY REPAIR SPF30
  3. NEOSTRATA SKIN ACTIVE MATRIX SUPPORT SPF 30: Dr Alek Nikolic’s High Recommendation Product!

Ceramides

  1. DERMACEUTIC DERMA LIFT 5.0
    VITAMIN-C-BOOSTER-POWDER Anti-Aging Superstars
  2. SKINCEUTICALS TRIPLE LIPID RESTORE 2:4:2: Dr Alek Nikolic’s High Recommendation Product!
  1. SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL EYE UV DEFENSE SPF 50

Linoleic/Linolenic Acids/Phospholipids

  1. DERMAQUEST NOURISHING PEPTIDE RICH

Hyaluronic Acid

NEOSTRATA Skin-active-matrix-support-spf-30 Anti-Aging Superstars
  1. DERMAQUEST ESSENTIAL B5 HYDRATING SERUM
  2. DERMAQUEST ESSENTIAL MOISTURIZER
  3. DERMAQUEST STEM CELL 3D HYDRAFIRM SERUM
  4. SKINCEUTICALS HYDRATING B5
    SKINCEUTICALS Retexturising-activator Anti-Aging Superstars
  5. SKINCEUTICALS RETEXTURING ACTIVATOR: Dr Alek Nikolic’s High Recommendation Product!
  6. SKINCEUTICALS PHYTO CORRECTIVE GEL
  7. LIFTACTIV SERUM 10 SUPREME
  8. AQUALIA THERMAL RICH – Dynamic Hydration Pot 50 ml

Curcuminoids

  1. EXUVIANCE OPTILIGHT TONE CORRECTOR
  2. NEOSTRATA PIGMENT CONTROLLER

 

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Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic was born in South Africa and received his MBBCh (Wits) in 1992 and in 2000 he received his MBA (UCT). He has been in private practice for 24 years and is the owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement, which has offices in Cape Town.

Dr Nikolic specialises in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. He is very driven and has lectured extensively and has performed live demonstrations throughout South Africa and Internationally including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, and Warsaw. Dr Nikolic’s focus is on skin care, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, Botox, and Dermal Fillers. He has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and as such is responsible for training numerous medical practitioners both in South Africa and internationally.

Dr Nikolic is one of the founding members of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy and chaired its inaugural launch in 2012. The Allergan Academy provides essential training to keep up with the latest technology in aesthetics. Dr Nikolic holds the advisory position of Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics and is the Allergan Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler Trainer. He is Vice President of the Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa (AAMSSA) and is an Associate Member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

  • Jo ,

    Thank you so much for this article DR Alek very well written and put together

  • Sandy ,

    Wow! what an informative article and love the personal recommendations

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