Njoroge also notes that premature aging caused by UV and particulate matter-induced cellular damage is a bit different and can be prevented and reversed so a certain degree. In short, this is what most would call free radical damage. That’s where antioxidants come in—they prevent any harm from being done to your cells by “donating” an electron to stabilize the free radical. That being said, Njoroge always stresses this specific kind of protection.
“I advise that people focus on body treatments that target their concerns and provide them with antioxidant protection. It doesn’t have to have an anti-aging label to have ‘anti’ aging benefits. A [true] ‘anti’ aging product is one that promotes healthy cell turnover and collagen synthesis and protects your skin’s barrier, that’s it. And really, the number one anti-aging product we all need is SPF, that should be advised more than super pricey serums that aren’t really unique in any way.”
Now that you’re armed with this insight, there are a few other things to consider when selecting a product for your skincare concerns. Njoroge always thinks it’s important to look for a well-rounded formula. “Make sure they have a bit of everything and not too much of one particular group of ingredients,” she says. “You want something that promotes cell turnover, but simultaneously promotes a healthy moisture barrier to prevent excessive dryness and mitigate irritation. Additionally, you want something that has ingredients that are proven to target your specific concerns. If you have body acne, look for something with AHAs or salicylic acid. If you’re looking to brighten hyperpigmentation, a product with a mixture of tyrosinase inhibitors is best. For wrinkles and fine lines on the body, retinol is your best friend.”
Using Njoroge’s insight, I’ve selected the best target body care products for a few major skincare concerns below. Scroll through and find the right one for you.