Knowledge is power. Below is THE list of active ingredients to look for in anti-aging skin care products. Each of these have clinical and/or scientific evidence supporting their effectiveness. I personally use each and every one of these – staggered strategically throughout the day and throughout the week.
Retin A or Renova (or over the counter Retinol if can’t get Retin A – which is available in the US only by prescription) – a powerful anti-oxidant. It causes more rapid turnover of new and fresh skin cells so that skin is continuously renewed more rapidly than it would without the treatment. By far the most potent topical anti-aging treatment available.
Matrixyl 3000 – a combination of peptides that reduce facial muscle contraction that causes wrinkle formation (similar to, but milder than botox), but also can nearly double the amount of the protein collagen in our skin, which is necessary to give skin elasticity
Ubiquinone – a powerful anti-oxidant, naturally produced in the body, but decreases significantly as we age. It reduces lines and wrinkles and educes a reduction of roughness and dryness.
Vitamin C – an anti-aging superstar. It is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage – free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. It also has been proven to reverse DNA damage. Furthermore, when used in combination with Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid, in specific measure, there is a multiple boost of the effects of Vitamin C. These pure natural low molecular weight antioxidants provide meaningful synergistic protection against oxidative stress (base damage to cells) in skin and is useful for protection against photoaging and skin cancer.
Glycolic Acid – An Alpha Hydroxy Acid with the smallest molecule and therefore the greatest skin penetration, glycolic acid deeply exfoliates to remove skin that is dry, coarse, or dead, revealing fresh new skin. It also promotes the production of collagen for firmer, more youthful skin.
Niacinamide – a vitamin that, when applied topically, has been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
This is not an exhaustive list of anti-aging instruments, but these actually do have reparative properties – turning back the clock so to speak. Many of these also double as having protective powers. In a further posts, over the next few days, I will be going into more detail, as well as presenting other anti-aging agents and why they are helpful in creating a more youthful appearance.