5 Skin Care Ingredients That You Must Know.
Everywhere we look there are advertisements of anti-aging skincare products. Each year tons of companies launch their skincare products in the market with the confidence. They know that people are desperately looking to buy “the fountain of youth”. These products claim to decrease the fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, pigmentation, sagging skin, unusually dry skin and all the signs of aging one can prove. But how do we know which one to buy and which one to ignore? One must not focus on the brand but look for the ingredient in a product which is proven to be effective. Following are the ingredients one must look for in an ideal anti-aging product whether it is a cream or a serum.
Retinol speeds up the process of cell regeneration. It also stimulates deep cellular repairs and boosts collagen and elastin production. Collagen is most essential in skin regeneration. Collagen and elastin keeps our skin firm and tight. If there is decrease in collagen and elastin your skin starts sagging and fine and wrinkles start to appear. So make sure there is retinol in the anti-aging product you buy.
Peptides are long or short chains of amino acid. These can be natural or synthetic. Peptides trick your skin into thinking that it is damaged and need collagen immediately. Thus increasing collagen production. As the molecular structure of a peptide is very small it can penetrate into the deeper levels of the skin. Along with retinol, peptide boosts the collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin. This gives your skin glow from within.
Antioxidants are found only in nature. So you can be sure these are natural ingredients. They help eliminate the free radicals which harm our DNA. These free radicals are responsible for aging our skin. We cannot stop aging but surely can delay by reducing the number of free radicals. Antioxidants help repair and soothe damage caused by over-exposure to sun. The most commonly found antioxidants are caffeine and green tea extracts. Caffeine is most effective in eradicating crow’s feet, which are the most difficult wrinkles. Studies have proved that green tea extracts can soothe and repair sun damage and also protect you from skin cancer.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids gently dissolve the dead skin cells on the upper most layer of your skin. This gives your skin a youthful look. This also allows other hydrating ingredients to penetrate the skin. AHA’s hold together all the skin cells, maintaining the firmness of the skin. With continual use you’ll definitely see the fading of dark spots and hyper pigmentation. A product should not contain more than 8% of this product as over dose of these can cause itching and irritation of the skin.
A sunscreen will prevent your skin from sun damage, pollution, tanning and discolorations. It helps prevent the premature signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. A sunscreen in your anti-aging product saves time, money and energy required to put on an extra product. Most importantly it plays a vital part in prevention of skin cancer.