Looking to age gracefully with beautiful skin? Along with promoting internal health (which I will address in another post), it is important to add a line of external defense that will correct existing problems and prevent future ones. Products with ingredients that stimulate collagen production, plump up the skin, encourage cell turnover, and improve tone will keep wrinkles at bay. Here are some key ingredients that do just that for your skin:
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A essential for skin health great for correcting photo-aging and increasing cell-turnover and collagen production in the dermis. Retin-a is still the GOLD standard in skincare.
Hyaluronic Acid is a biopolymer that is able to hold hundreds of times its weight in water. This essential de-aging ingredient is beneficial in hydrating, moisturizing and treating irritation and inflammation.
Peptides are a string of amino acids thought to penetrate the epidermis and essentially tell your cells how to function properly. Diligence in using peptides aimed at rebuilding or synthesizing collagen and elastin can result in decreased skin roughness by 13%, reduced wrinkle volume by 36%, and decreased wrinkle depth by 27% after four months of twice daily applications on the face and neck.
Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes both internal and external that prevent and repair damage to your body tissues by slowing or stopping free-radicals from attacking the cells. Topical antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C and E actually protect your skin from oxidative damage.
Vitamins are essential in the fight against aging skin. Vitamin C encourages collagen production and protects from sun damage. Vitamin E protects cells from free-radicals. Beta-Carotene is important for cellular repair and growth. Omega-3 is a healthy fat that helps keep the skin lubricated and protects from toxins and sun-damage. Selenium is key to the skin’s quality and elasticity.
AHA Acids are made from fruit, milk or sugar cane. Alpha Hydroxy Acids exfoliate by penetrating dead skin cells and loosening the molecular bonds. They essentially slough them off and expose new skin. Johns Hopkins says that skin peels containing glycolic acid can diminish facial lines, remove skin sallowness and uneven pigmentation, smooth skin texture and remove acne.