Every time you turn on your TV, there is an ad for the newest discovered Fountain of Youth. These allegedly miraculous products promise to eliminate even the tiniest wrinkles, and lift every sagging bit of your face. But can you trust these claims? Skin care experts agree that anti-aging products are all about ingredients. So, the only way to be sure that they are effective is to scan the labels for those ingredients that are actually proven to preserve the natural beauty and youth.
Here is our A-list of confirmed anti-aging ingredients.
Vitamin C is used in anti-aging products in many forms. Ascorbic acid is the purest and most common one, but there are also magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, etc. Vitamin C has so many benefits for the skin that one does not know where to start to list them. It promotes the production of collagen, a protein responsible for keeping your skin firm, plump, and youthful. It also reduces skin discolorations, and eliminates the dark spots, thus restoring your glowing complexion.
Opt for products that contain kiwifruit, such as Double Serum from Clarins Australia, since kiwifruit is jam-packed with this vitamin, which makes them a safe choice.
When applied topically, the active component of vitamin B3 can increase the level of ceramides (the ‘glue’ that holds your skin cells together) and fatty acids (the cell-communicating ingredients), and stimulate the microcirculation in your skin. In this way, niacinamide improves the skin’s barrier and its overall appearance. It has also gained reputation for being able to reverse the signs of sun damage, most of all the pigmentation issues.
The word ‘acid’ is commonly associated with something abrasive and harsh, but salicylic acid is neither of the two. This ingredient helps you remove the outer layer of built-up dead skin cells, and allows the new, young cells to come to the surface, thus diminishing the fine lines and wrinkles, and smoothing your face. Salicylic acid is extremely helpful for people who are experiencing aging and blemishes at the same time.
People with oily and acne-prone skin tend to use more aggressive products in order to get rid of the excess oil. But they only dry out the skin, causing more breakouts, and accelerating the aging process. Salicylic acid also eliminates the impurities from the clogged pores but, unlike many other exfoliators, it does not deprive your skin of moisture. For best results, look for products with 1% to 2% salicylic acid.
Sunscreens are used to prevent sunburn and decrease the risk of skin cancer. But they are also an inevitable factor in the fight against premature aging caused by sun damage. Titanium dioxide is a common active ingredient in sunscreens. It is a broad-spectrum ingredient, meaning that it protects the skin from both UVA and UVB radiation.
It is very gentle on the skin, which makes it an excellent sunscreen even for sensitive skin. You can apply it around the eyes, too, since there is no risk of it causing irritation and stinging.
Retinol does not require too much introduction, since it is a sort of a celebrity among the anti-aging skin care ingredients. But one fact about this derivative of vitamin A that is less known is that, while the majority of other anti-aging ingredients serve to prevent the aging process, retinol can actually rejuvenate the skin after the damage has already been done. This makes retinol your best bet against stubborn wrinkles and sagging face (if we exclude the invasive and painful surgical procedures).
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