ANTI-AGING! The word has been used in reference to health care, supplements, diets, lifestyle and of course skin care. So, what is Anti-Aging? Anti = Against, Aging = the process of growing old; therefore, Anti-Aging is our fight of the aging process, no matter how we choose to do it.
Our fight against aging, especially in skin care, should start in our mid to late 20’s, when our skin is at its prime. Anti-Aging at this point means managing a youthful look, as well as maintaining the functions of the skin (collagen & elastin production & hydration). Most skin care products are created to help with that maintenance and they are rightly called Anti-Aging Products.
Below is a list of ingredients that help the Anti-Aging fight. Knowing what each ingredient does can assist you in choosing the right products for your needs.
Salicylic Acid: A beta hydroxyl acid that is as effective as glycolic acid. It exfoliates, helps skin retain its own moisture, stimulates the production of collagen and improves skin tone.
Polypeptides: Long chains of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. They function as moisture-binding agents, collagen builders and almost all of them have cell-communicating ability to help the skin repair itself.
Kojic acid: A skin lightening ingredient that slows down the production of dark pigment (dark spots).
Hydroquinone: The most popular & effective skin lightening ingredient on the market. It slows down the production of dark pigmented skin and destroys melanin-producing cells.
Vitamin C: It can make your skin lighter over time by slowing the amount of pigment your skin produces. Hard ingredient to regulate and deliver into the skin.
Retinol: Improves mottled pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, skin tone and color, and skin’s hydration levels.
Hyaluronic Acid: It occurs naturally & quite abundantly in humans & animals, and is found in young skin, other tissues, and joint fluid. Hyaluronic acid is a component of the body’s connective tissues, and is known to cushion and lubricate. As you age, however, the forces of nature destroy the needed hyaluronic acid.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid: It can provide the greatest protection against damaging free radicals when compared with other antioxidants. Alpha-lipoic acid diminishes fine lines, gives skin a healthy glow, and boosts levels of other antioxidants, such as vitamin C.
Copper Peptides: They promote collagen and elastin production, acts as an antioxidant, and promotes production of glycosaminoglycans hyaluronic acid). They help to firm, smooth, and soften skin, doing it in less time than most other anti-aging skin care products. Clinical studies have found that copper peptides also remove damaged collagen and elastin from the skin and scar tissue because they activate the skin’s system responsible for those functions.
Green Tea: It reduces inflammation, builds up collagen and reduces cell damage from sun exposure.
Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide: The most effective ingredients that offer broad-spectrum protection against damaging UVA and UVB rays.
While good quality skin care ingredients are important in Anti-Aging, the deliver system (how the ingredients are delivered into the skin) is even more important. Skin Care delivery systems will be the topic of our next discussions.
– By Cathie Fennell