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‘Essential’ skincare product women need to ‘look younger’ – it’s a ‘must’


Many women go down the treatment – or ‘tweakment’ route when it comes to looking younger.

There are many options out there, from fillers to botox to thread lifts, however not everyone wants to go down the cosmetic route.

Revamping your skincare regime is a non-invasive, relatively cheap way to achieve a more youthful look.

Dr Saniyya Mahmood, Medical Director at Aesthetica Medical, spoke to Express.co.uk about the three fundamental skincare products needed to look younger.

Dr Saniyya’s first tip for younger skin was to invest in a good retinol, which she described as “one of the most proven ingredients to visibly reduce signs of ageing and treat various skin concerns”.

She explained: “Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A and works by increasing cell turnover and stimulating collagen and elastin production.

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“It has many benefits including minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improving skin texture and tone.

“Pigmentation can significantly improve and it can even help with acne and blemishes. It is a key ingredient to incorporate in your skin routine.

“The strength and formulation of retinol is also important, therefore it’s worth having a skin consultation to determine which type of retinol is suitable for you.”

The expert’s next tip was to stock up on SPF – and not just for the sunnier months and trips to hotter countries.

According to the medical director, this one is non-negotiable: “An absolute must for every single person, every single day.

“Sunscreen is by far the most important skin care product to maintain long term skin health. “It is essential in preventing signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots and pigmentation.”

She recommended a broad spectrum sunscreen, at least factor 50 “to be used every single day come summer or winter”. 

She said: “Not only does it prevent premature ageing, but it also protects your skin from harmful UV rays that can cause skin cancer.”

For the ultimate protection and a “glow”, Dr Saniyya suggests the Obagi Medical Tinted SPF 50.

Finally, Vitamin C iis an antioxidant, which the expert explains means it can fight harmful free radicals (toxins) that come into contact with the skin. 

“Free radicals can damage the skin and cause premature ageing. Combining vitamin C with sunscreen can also protect the skin from harmful UV rays. 

“Vitamin C is a great ingredient to help reduce pigmentation and brighten the overall skin tone.”

Dr Saniyya Mahmood is Medical Director at Aesthetica Medical.

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