Best Ingredients to Look for in Anti-Aging Skin Products

Anti-Aging Skin Products
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If you’re always on the hunt for the best skin care products to help hold back the aging process (or reverse existing damage), take a look at these essential ingredients and start rejuvenating your skin today.

Vitamin C

This amazing vitamin not only boosts the immune system and helps repair free-radical damage when taken orally, but it can also repair and rejuvenate the skin when applied topically.

Serums are the most concentrated form you can buy, but if you have sensitive skin you may want to opt for a 20% cream-based product first and see how you tolerate it. Higher percentages can cause irritation until the skin becomes accustomed to it.

Vitamin C has the ability to help your skin produce more collagen, which is a protein produced in the skin that is a key factor in how young you look. As we age, this protein reduces in production, allowing wrinkles and dullness to occur. Using a good quality product with vitamin C can brighten the skin, boost collagen production, and fade age spots and sun damage.

Vitamin C lasts about 8 hours when applied to the skin, so most products recommend application twice daily. Look for the most effective form of this active ingredient on the label: “ascorbic acid” or “L-ascorbic acid”.

The bottle should be a dark color to protect the contents from light exposure, as this vitamin is unstable when exposed to light. Keep it tightly sealed when not in use because it also degrades when exposed to air.

Always use sunscreen when you’ll be out in the sun for any amount of time! Some vitamin C products that are effective and have excellent reviews include TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum ($19.99 on Amazon for 1 ounce) and Amara Organics Vitamin C Serum for Face ($17.95 on Amazon for 1 ounce).

Retinol / Retinoid

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, and it has the ability to help boost skin cell turnover. This results in younger, newer looking skin. It also helps to brighten and smooth skin texture, decrease pore size, control acne, and increase collagen production.

If you’re looking for the fastest, most effective anti-aging formulation, see a dermatologist. These topical prescription creams can be many times stronger than FDA-approved versions you can get over the counter.

If you’re looking for a “slow and steady wins the race” approach without a visit to the doctor, 2.5% OTC creams are great options. Some effective brands to consider are Pure Biology Anti Aging Night Cream with Pure Retinol ($23.95 on Amazon for 1.6 ounces) or Admire My Skin Retinoid Cream ($23.49 on Amazon for 1.52 ounces).

Use once daily, preferably at night. This ingredient will make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to use a mineral-based full spectrum sunscreen during the day.

Other ingredients you should look for in your skin products include soothing aloe, moisture-binding hyaluronic acid, and skin-repairing vitamin E.

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*Information in this article is not medical advice and may not be factually accurate. It is intended for entertainment purposes only. Consult with a physician before attempting any tips in this blog post and to get the most up to date factual data about any procedure or treatment.