✅The best anti-aging ingredients known to (wo)mankind

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Jun. 23, 2020
While we can’t quite permanently stop the process aging, we can pretty effectively slow the process of aging and prolong our youthful look. Read on to find out the best science as taught us.
There’s a lot of noise out there about regimes that will make you look young again. If you want to smile like Jennifer Anniston and kick butt like Nicole Kidman, then you need to read this.
Most articles on the web hand out a laundry list of anti-aging ingredients you’re supposed to commit to memory. As I researched this stuff more and more, I discovered that it’s actually a lot simpler than it seems. Most ingredients actually fall into three main buckets: preventing skin damage, improving skin texture and improving skin color. I’m not a biochemist and I’m not a board-certified MD / PhD, but trust me, looking at cosmetics this way will save you agonizing hours of confusion. I’ve taken a selection of the most noteworthy anti-aging ingredients and created a little cheat sheet to get you started.
  • Preventing skin damage
  • One of the most damaging things you can be exposed to is UV radiation, and that’s because UVA and UVB rays will penetrate the skin cells and release free radicals, which can cause all sorts of oxidative damage to your skin and DNA, too.
    Sunscreen
    This is not optional, period. Thank goodness there’s now a cornucopia of sunscreens, both physical and chemical, for you to choose from. Make sure you incorporate sunscreen into your daily routine, and choose something that is at least SPF 30.
    Vitamin E
    Known as tocopherol (and many other names), vitamin E is a potent anti-oxidant that can reverse and prevent damage from free radicals. It’s also able to accelerate the process of skin healing, making it great as a treatment after prolonged sun exposure. By facilitating the healing of wounds and locking in more moisture in your skin, it’s an essential ingredient for radiant, healthy-looking skin.
    Niacinamide
    A form of vitamin B3, Niacinamide has shown a lot of potential in fighting free radical damage, helping to make your dark spots light again.
  • Improving skin texture
  • You know healthy-looking skin when you see it; it’s radiant, firm and full. And there are ingredients that can give you exactly that look and feel. As you age, your body becomes defective in collagen production, leading to a breakdown in the extracellular matrix surrounding your skin cells, and that’s part of the reason for why you get fat loss under the skin, sagginess, and thinning of the epidermal layer.
    Peptides
    Peptides are a short chain of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. A 2018 study published in the International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics convincingly showed that certain peptides had a positive effect on skin cells’ firmness and stiffness.Peptides are further shown to stimulate collagen production and diminish wrinkles.
    Hyaluronic acid
    As one of the most well-known humectants alongside glycerine, hyaluronic acid is able to draw water molecules into the skin, giving it that moisturized, full look. One thing to note though is that the effects of hyaluronic acid are short-lived and will wear off over the course of the day, and so it’s best to reapply the product containing this ingredient regularly during the day. 
    Retinoids
    Also known as vitamin A derivatives, this group of chemicals have long-proven anti-aging effects and are ubiquitously used in many night cream formulas. They work by encouraging cellular turnover, meaning you can shed the old, dead skin sitting on top of your epidermis faster and surface new, healthy skin cells from underneath. 
    Ceramides
    Ceramides are a type of lipid that are naturally found in the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the skin. It’s a key ingredient for maintaining the structural integrity of your skin can prevent the loss of water and continues to be an effective, intact barrier against extrinsic damage. Ceramides are perfect for replenishing dry skin to give you plump-looking skin, and for reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Improving skin color
  • As you age, you might notice more dark spots appearing or even dark circles around your eyes. Treat them early and treat them fast.
    Vitamin C
    I had a hard time placing vitamin C, because it’s actually a multifunctional ingredient. On one hand, it’s an effective anti-oxidant, and on the other hand, it’s used to brighten dark spots and to treat hyperpigmentation. You’ll find this in many types of products, but you could consider getting yourself a vitamin C serum for a more potent effect.
    Hydroxy acids
    Both the alpha and beta forms of hydroxy acids, known as AHAs and BHAs, respectively, are great for exfoliation and treating skin pigmentation problems. To do these face acids justice would require an article in its own right, but here’s a few to look out in your creams, cleansers and peels: glycolic acid, lactic acid, azelaic acid and salicylic acid.
    Green tea
    Also an effective anti-oxidant due to the polyphenols it contains green tea is also a stimulant that can energize your skin to bring back some zing. You’ll find the power couple of green tea plus caffeine in many eye creams.
    While these ingredients will go a long way to keeping your skin looking youthful, you know just as well as anybody that aging can’t simply be “cured”. The best way to manage aging is to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle that includes healthy eating and exercise. If you’re ready to splash some money on skincare, then you want to make sure you’re doing your part to make it go the mile!
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