With so many anti-aging products out in the market and readily available one must ask, what are the ingredients one should look out for in an anti-aging product?
First of all, collagen and elastin are the chemicals naturally produced in the body that are responsible for keeping our skin smooth, tight and wrinkle free. As we grow older, the amount of collagen and elastin produced by the body decreases and the older we get these two chemicals gradually lose their elasticity and adhesion, causing the skin to wrinkle and/or sag.
What also happens with age is that the number of cells in each skin layer start to decline and each layer slowly thins out which results in rapid moisture loss. This moisture loss causes our skin’s healing mechanisms to malfunction and eventually stop, resulting in lose, wrinkled and/or rough skin.
Sadly, there is no fountain of youth. But the holy grail of any anti-aging product- to attain soft, smooth, clear, radiant, younger-looking skin at any age is within reach. Here is a list of the top 5 ingredients that you should be looking for in an anti-aging formula/product:
Stimulates the growth of new and healthier skin cells by removing the upper layer/dead skin cells. AHAs are found in moisturizers, foundations, eye creams, sunscreen and cleansers.
A powerful antioxidant that helps decrease the appearance and the depth of wrinkles. Vitamin A also helps stimulate skin cell renewal. Retinol, a type of vitamin A stimulates the production of collagen and reduces skin discolorations.
Another ingredient that stimulates collagen production. It also enhances wound healing and due to its anti inflammatory qualities, is also effective against several forms of skin irritation.
An antioxidant that provides a brightening effect. Vitamin C helps retain skin elasticity and prevents premature aging of the skin.
Is another collagen production stimulating ingredient. This naturally occurring compound also helps the skin to retain its natural moisture, improve uneven pigmentation and restores the natural moisture barrier function of the skin thus preserving and softening the skin without any side effects.
All the above are effective ingredients found in most anti-aging products. But bear in mind that these are not magic potions. What is still required from the user is discipline and resolve. Without it, you may just be wasting money and look older than you actually are.