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The best anti-wrinkle cream is the one that is gentle on your skin and provides visible results on the surface within a reasonable amount of time. A safe formula will be hypoallergenic, fragrance free and dermatologist tested. Marcelle is proud to offer effective anti-aging skin care for both young and mature skin, suitable for even the most sensitive types. The guidelines below should help you find the best anti-aging routine adapted for your skin’s needs.
What causes the skin to age?
One would certainly thank their ancestors for inheriting good genes, but many external and internal factors can make our skin look older than its actual age. What gives?
How UV rays affect the skin
The number one cause for aging skin is the sun. From wrinkles to dark spots, the culprit threatens our skin’s health and youthful appearance every day. Eighty percent of the sun’s UV rays touch the ground on rainy days, meaning that even if you cannot see the sun, it can still harm your skin. Daily broad-spectrum sunscreen is key for maintaining healthier, younger-looking skin.
Tanning, in salons or in your backyard, prematurely ages skin cells. Consider getting your sun-kissed glow from bronzing powders and/or tinted moisturizers. Check out the Marcelle CC Cream SPF 35 and Sheer Tint Moisturizer SPF 30 to benefit from both the glow and the sunscreen.
How does environmental pollution affect the skin?
Our skin is exposed daily to air pollution. Its effects vary: dehydration, blackheads and breakouts, redness, hyperpigmentation, irritation and oxidative stress. Look for antioxidants such as vitamins C and E to help protect your skin.
Smoking ages the skin
Remember the old saying, “where there is smoke, there are wrinkles”? Well, maybe that’s not quite how the saying goes, but smoking significantly increases the skin’s aging. Skin ages faster in smokers and vapers alike.
Sugar isn’t so sweet!
Dermatological studies have shown that certain foods, including dairy and sugar, increase breakouts. A diet which includes a constant high level of sugar intake (including carbohydrates and refined starches) alters the collagen and elastin cells in the skin, aggravating the loss of firmness, elasticity and resulting in sagging and deeper wrinkles.
How alcohol ages the skin
Alcohol consumption dehydrates. Moisture can withdraw from the skin in a matter of hours, leaving the face looking less plump and making fine lines, wrinkles and sagging even more visible. Long-term effects also include loss of elasticity, edema and redness.
A great way to fight skin dehydration is to drink a good amount of water every day, doubling your intake when you are indulging in that cocktail or glass of wine. Your skin will also greatly benefit from an outside source of moisture: a cream! Today’s anti-aging creams are loaded with antioxidants to protect your skin cells and are enriched with a variety of ingredients carefully selected to target specific needs.
Where do I start with skin care?
It’s important to establish a proper skin care routine when targeting specific goals. The first thing to do is to start by cleaning the skin, since ingredients work more effectively on a clean epidermis. It is critical to remove any trace of makeup at night and gently rid your skin of any sebum, sweat and environmental dust. A mild facial cleanser will suffice in the morning. Always pat the skin dry with a clean cloth and avoid rubbing it dry.
What are the benefits of using a micellar solution?
The skin, like a sponge, absorbs better when its surface is damp. Oil-free micellar solutions leave the skin fresh and remove any impurities, makeup residue or cleanser on the surface of the epidermis.
Why should we use serums?
Generally, serums are light in texture, penetrating the skin rapidly. Their formula, however; usually contains a higher concentration of active ingredients, working in synergy to reinforce the moisturizer and deliver accelerated results. Their lightweight texture absorbs rapidly to begin working in seconds, helping to improve the skin more efficiently.
Do I really need a separate eye and face cream?
YES. Without question. Unless the directions specify that it is safe for the eye contour, a face cream should not be applied near the eyes. This also holds true for any hand lotion or body moisturizer: do not apply them near the eyes.
Why can’t I apply face cream around my eyes?
The skin around the eyes is thinner and more sensitive. Eye care is often formulated with ingredients that have smaller molecules, penetrating the skin rapidly and easily. Using products which are not specifically designed for eye contour can result overnight in puffiness, edema, irritation and redness. Long-term effects can include eczema and milia (whiteheads or tiny white bumps that appear on the skin, often in small groups. Unlike whitehead pimples, milia do not cause redness or pain, but they won’t go away.) When products that are too heavy are regularly used around the eye contour, it can result in clogged pores, and possibly milia.
Why should I apply my eye cream before my face cream?
Certain ingredients in face, hand and body moisturizers contain heavier molecules (for example, sun protection, nourishing vegetable oils or moisture barriers). If the heavier molecules are applied on the skin first, they will prevent the smaller ones from being absorbed and working their magic under your eyes.
How to layer skin care products
There is an order in which moisturizers or skin care products in general should be layered: lightest (water-like texture) to heaviest (oil-based or sun protection). Not everyone enjoys layering, but for the sake of the argument, let’s see how it’s done:
At what age should we start using anti-aging creams?
There is no right age, but truth be told, prevention can never start early enough. No woman ever claimed to have started using anti-wrinkle creams too early!
In your late teens/early twenties... Focus on:
If your eyelashes are sparse and short, it is best to privilege a volumizing mascara. More volume will create the illusion of more lashes and open your eyes. Your lashes’ length will automatically be enhanced. If your lashes are of a good natural length, pick a brush that will help curl your lashes and define them even more. Additional volume is always welcome.
In your late teens/early twenties... Focus on:
Which anti-wrinkle cream should I use in my twenties?
We suggest a full regimen that will help maintain your youthful glow as long as possible by preventing, protecting and boosting your skin’s natural defenses with the Hydractive line.
In your mid-twenties to mid-thirties... Concentrate on:
Which anti-wrinkle cream should I use in my late twenties/early thirties?
It’s important to find products which will be safe for your skin and will help reduce the first signs of aging. Moreover, key ingredients such as hyaluronic acid will help delay the appearance of further signs.
In your mid-thirties to forties... Concentrate on:
Which anti-wrinkle cream should I use in my mid-thirties to forties?
Though it may pain us to admit it, skin cell turnover and repair is already starting to slow down. Look for ingredients that stimulate microcirculation and that make a difference in the skin structure such as peptides.
In your mid-forties to fifties... Concentrate on:
Which anti-wrinkle cream should I use in my forties to mid-fifties?
Changes in our hormonal system present increased signs of the times. The skin needs a revitalizing boost to renew its density and show improved elasticity and radiance. Key components such as chicory root extract provide deep nourishment to the skin, plumping it from the inside.
There are products which can help benefit the skin and minimize the time we spend on our skin care routine. If you prefer to use time-saving products that still provide proven results, try using formulas that combine both a serum and moisturizer. The Marcelle Revival+ Advanced Dual Anti-Aging Care line contains unique, concentrated solutions that combine two powerful formulas to diminish the signs of aging for visibly smooth, luminous and radiant mature skin.
The skin loses its natural radiance, or healthy glow, as we age. Key ingredients will improve microcirculation to revive the skin’s rosy glow and provide a fresh, radiant complexion. If you feel like your skin could use a hint of radiance without reaching for your makeup kit, you might want to try something that already contains a very light pink hue to help give you a rosy glow:
In your late fifties and sixties... Concentrate on:
Which anti-wrinkle cream should I use in my late fifties and sixties?
One of the most noticeable changes in women’s skin after menopause is a perceptible loss of moisture. Although it doesn’t hold true for everyone, many women experience the uncomfortable sensation of dryness, as if all the lipids in our face flew out the window with our last period. The thicker, richer textures of moisturizers may become a valuable factor in your skin care regimen. In addition to stimulating the skin’s density, elasticity and firmness, be on the lookout for nourishing ingredients such as vegetable oils. The Marcelle Revival+ Ultra-Nutrition is also formulated with 24-karat colloidal gold to provide optimal skin comfort and nutrition.
How do I know if my anti-aging products work?
Skin care products should feel good on the skin at any age. Discontinue the use of any product that seems to cause any irritation, edema or redness. Most anti-aging moisturizers are formulated to show results within the first 7 to 21 days of use. Improvements such as smoother-looking skin and softer skin to the touch should be your first clues that your moisturizers are working for you.
Exercise regularly, enjoy the outdoors with sun protection, drink water daily, dedicate 8 hours to resting and sleeping every night and trust that, paired with your adapted skin care routine, your true radiance will shine from within.