Making Sense of Anti-Aging Ingredients

Americans are living longer than ever, and the prevalence of anti-aging products on the market is a clear indicator that many of those older people have a strong desire to keep their skin as healthy and youthful looking as possible. But when faced with thousands of products on the shelf, all of them in sleek, attractive packaging splattered with promises of taking years off of your face, the prospect of trying to choose the right one becomes overwhelming. Add to that ingredient lists a mile long, most of which it’s hard to tell what they are, and you’ve got a recipe for confusion.

There are a few ingredients that are common to some of the best anti-aging skincare products out there, and with good reason – because they produce results. But what are they, and how can they help enhance your skin’s beauty? Following are some of the most effective ingredients found in most anti-aging creams, gels, and serums: anti-aging gel

Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA)

ALA is one of the most powerful antioxidants available because it is both water- and oil-soluble. This means it can access every part of a cell, providing maximum protection against free radicals (molecules which rob the skin cells of collagen and accelerate the effects of aging). This super-powered antioxidant is frequently found in anti-aging skin creams because of its ability to both fight skin photo-aging that’s currently occurring, as well as rejuvenate the existing signs of aging.

Hyaluronic Acid

This is another familiar name in the ingredient lists of many beauty products, also referred to as a glycosaminoglycan. Hyaluronic acid is so revered in the beauty industry that it’s been called the “key to the fountain of youth.” The substance is plentiful in younger skin and tissues, and also acts to lubricate and cushion joints. Hyaluronic acid, like ALA, provides defense against free radicals, which increase with age as well as the stress of lifestyle factors such as inadequate nutrition, sun exposure, and smoking.

DMAE

This substance – dimethylaminoethanol – occurs naturally in the human brain, as well as in fish such as salmon, sardines, and anchovies. DMAE enhances mental function by encouraging acetylcholine production and has been shown to be very effective topically in decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA)

These are commonly seen in anti-aging skin care ingredient lists as lactic, glycolic, citric, or tartaric acids. AHAs provide a suite of skin benefits including reducing fine lines, minimizing age spots and other pigmentation issues, and may even shrink large pores. The caveat with AHAs is that they can cause sensitivity to sunlight and mild irritation in some people. Sunscreen should be applied every day, and AHA should only be used every other day at first to allow the skin to adjust to using.

Retinol

This vitamin A derivative is a great over-the-counter option for those who are sensitive to prescription strength versions such as Retin-A. Retinol is so effective against fine lines, irregular pigmentation, and dehydrated skin is because its molecular structure is tiny enough to penetrate deeply. It can reach the elastin and collagen stores.

Copper Peptide

Despite only having been available since the late 1990s, One of the lesser known anti-aging skin care ingredients, this peptide. It is lauded as one of the most efficient ways to stimulate skin regeneration. Copper peptide provides antioxidant action, boosts collagen, and elastin production, and promotes the body’s tissue building function. Studies show that it even can restore components of scar tissue and other skin due to strengthening the skin’s natural mechanisms.
Being armed with knowledge means being prepared to choose the best anti-aging skin care products for you.

Sources:
https://blog.perriconemd.com/discover-the-wrinkle-prevention-power-of-alpha-lipoic-acid-cream/
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/healthy_living/hic_An_Overview_ofYour_Skin/hic_Understanding_the_Ingredients_in_Skin_Care_Products