The Best Skincare for Anti-aging and Pigmentation

Best skincare products for anti-aging and pigmentation

Words by Stephanie Darling

Pigmentation is aging you. Wind back the hands of time with the latest slew of intelligent skincare solutions.

We are always on the lookout for intelligent skin innovations that address those hints of an aging complexion. The pesky sign that’s currently top of mind? Pigmentation.

When it comes to youthful-looking skin, an even-toned, luminous complexion is king. But living in Australia, we are constantly fighting the daily onslaught of damaging UV rays, one of the biggest skin agers in the business. Sad fact: our skin, on average, looks 10 years older than that of our European sisters.

We spoke with an authority on skincare at La Prairie, Dr Daniel Stangl, who is a pigmentation guru obsessed with trying to recreate the flawless skin we were born with. (Now that is a pretty big ask.) After 15 years of dedicated research in labs and screening 50,000 potential pigment-fighting ingredients, the patented molecule Lumidose was born. The ingredient acts to inhibit tyrosinase (the enzyme that produces the pigment melanin, which causes dark skin spots and pigmentation) at the source.

Best skincare products for anti-aging and pigmentation

Tyrosinase inhibitors are key in the fight against uneven skin tone. We love La Prairie’s White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire. Apply this clever moisturiser day and night for the best results.

According to Dr Stangl, Lumidose is the most potent and safest tyrosinase inhibitor. “Lumidose fits into the active site of tyrosinase and blocks it and, as a result, melanin formation is inhibited,” he explains.

The result of all this research is La Prairie White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire, a high-octane moisturiser infused with the magical Lumidose. It also contains Cellular Complex, Golden Caviar, Smart Crystal White and liquorice that all combine to act as a skin brightener, helping to reduce hyperpigmentation and sun spots.

Another hot ingredient on the skin-rejuvenating radar includes an oldie but a goodie: Retin-A. This wonder drug targets fine lines and pigmentation as it speeds cell turnover and helps stimulate collagen production.
The ingredient is constantly being refined and is on par with sunscreen in the fight for a more long-term, youthful glow. Retin-A has also been used to treat acne, helping to unblock pores, reduce breakouts and promote clearer skin.

Antioxidants are also key in helping prevent free-radical damage to the skin, an unfortunate by-product of a combination of aging, slowing metabolism and environmental toxins. One of the most potent antioxidants is idebenone – a medicinal solution that is known to detox the skin with its ability to fight free radical damage. In other words, antioxidant-based products go a long way to protecting future damage to your skin.


Best skincare products for anti-aging and pigmentation

· Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart with Sunscreens Hydrating Shield combines a super dose of antioxidants, including idebenone, to protect skin from the ravages of pollution.

· Once you’ve completed your skin-enhancing routine, apply a light-reflecting, luminising primer before your foundation to create an instant glow. We love Chanel’s Le Blanc de Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base.

· Skin needs continuous protection from UVA and UVB rays. Sun damage is a killer, literally. Try Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Shield SPF 50+. And remember to apply it to your décolletage as well as your face.

· Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex contains retinol to boost collagen production and increase cell turnover, and delivers a dose of peptides and vitamin C too. Remember to always wear sunscreen if you are using a retinol product.

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