The plethora of skincare advertisement in social medias has created this sense of FOMO (fear of missing out) and an even stronger urge to click and try the latest trends. There is simply too much information and too many daunting choices. What we will do here, is to highlight some basic concept and key ingredients that will help you to assemble the basic must-have, for your quick guide to a younger looking self.
Before we go further, let us get a little scientific on skin because looking younger than your age means reversing skin aging and Beauty is indeed skin deep. Generally, skin consists of 4 layers: Stratum Corneum, Epidermis, Dermis and Hypodermis; Stratum Corneum being the most outer layer, composed of the many dead skin cells that you shed into the environment, to Hypodermis, the final layer that connects the skin to the underlying tissue of the bones and muscles. Dehydrated skin at stratum corneum level often exhibits symptoms such as itchiness and flakiness. Dehydrated skin is sensitive, dull and tired, and appears to have accelerated signs of ageing, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Essentially the trick to a younger looking skin is to maintain water content at Stratum Corneum level and minimise water vapor evaporating from the surface of the skin. Drink all the water you must, you must look to minimise water loss through your skin – and this is where polyglutamic acid comes in.
Polyglutamic Acid (PGA) is the lesser known acids, often described as a ‘super-hydrator’. It can hold up to up to 10x more hydration compared to Hyaluronic acid (HA) and unlike HA, PGA is a chunkier molecule hence it does not sink as deeply into the skin. Sitting on Stratum Corneum and Epidermis skin level means that PGA will help to act as a Skin Barrier locking in all the moisture, minimising water vapor evaporating as well as serving as a shield against environmental factors such as dusts and allergen. To top it all, this surface hydration is what aids in making your skin look dewy and plump, achieving the much-coveted classic “glass skin” look.
Applying moisturizing ingredients and products, like those formulated with PGA, can flood the skin with hydration so it appears plumped and more youthful. Besides stimulating the skin’s natural moisturising process, amongst many other good things, it also diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and boosts elasticity—more so than topical collagen.
Pairing PGA with HA means your skin are served with all the hydration it needs from surface level all the way into the epidermis at a deeper level. Add on Vitamin C that reduces wrinkles and helps repair age-related damage, while brightening the skin mean basically you will have the golden trio to achieve younger-than-your-age youthful look.
Beautiful skin is an ongoing journey, involving a lot of trials and errors. New IT ingredients are found and discovered every day. Before going about trying new fads and adding more steps to your beauty regime, let’s get your skincare basics right. By the way, Sunblock is never optional.