Monday, June 9, 2014

Is The Best Anti-Aging Beauty Ingredients?

Retinol

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, making it a milder version of retinoids. While it takes several weeks to see results, retinol is the most effective over-the-counter anti-aging ingredient when it comes to "smoothing wrinkles, unclogging pores, lightening superficial brown spots, and improving the texture of the skin,". Because of retinol’s potency, skin irritation is common, especially in direct sunlight. Apply retinol-based products at night on dry skin to avoid sensitivity and be sure to apply a moisturizer with SPF every morning.

Niacinamide

If you have dark spots resulting from acne scars, sun damage, or old age, lighten them with niacinamade, a vitamin-B3 derivative that prevents melanin, or pigmentation, from rising to the surface. It may help to improve the skin's moisture barrier and collagen production, all of which reverses the appearance of sun damage. Plus, it's known to reduce inflammation, and even acne.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is the exact opposite. It's a humectant, meaning that it draws out water from the air and dermis (the skin that lies below the surface). Look for a lotion that contains hyaluronic acid, which can add to the moisturizer's hydrating qualities, and may even spur new collagen production.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Alpha hydroxy acids are exfoliators that gently dissolve the "glue" that holds surface skin cells together, letting the dead ones slough away to reveal youthful looking skin. This process encourages cell turnover, which typically slows with age. Getting rid of dead skin also lets moisturizers, serums, and skin treatments penetrate the skin and work more effectively. But look for products with no more than 8 percent AHAs. In high concentrations, AHAs can help fade brown spots and fine wrinkles, but they make skin extra sensitive to the sun.

L-ascorbic acid

L-ascorbic acid is a fancy word for "vitamin C." When vitamin C is stable and good, it’s really good. It's an important antioxidant that helps build collagen, reduce inflammation, and promote elasticity to plump up skin. How can you tell if vitamin C in a product is stable? Look for "L-ascorbic acid" in the ingredient list.


Avobenzone

If there's skincare product to tell it’s a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Avobenzone is a common chemical ingredient in sunscreen that blocks UVA rays. It’s often paired with benzophenone-3 or oxybenzone to shield against UVB rays. For maximum protection, apply a chemical sunscreen directly on skin before serum, lotion, or makeup.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants help prevent and repair damage to your body tissue by encouraging cell growth. More, they neutralize free radicals (unstable, damaging molecules in your body caused by elements such as sunlight, smoke, and pollution). The most popular antioxidants include vitamins C and E, pomegranate, green tea, and coffeeberry extracts.

sources: webmd.com

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