There are three popular anti-aging ingredients we are going to discuss here and their effectiveness with anti-aging. These are Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, and Natural antioxidants.
A derivative of Vit A.
Our skin cells have retinoids receptors that help regulate cell function. As we age, our skin’s cells are not as effective in stimulating these receptors and we end up with aged skin. Consistent use of Retinols normalize aging cells.
What does it do for your skin?
It’s the only ingredient that has crystal clear scientific evidence that it works at a molecular level.
It helps improve skin texture, diminishes wrinkles and brown spots, improves freckles, shrinks pores, improves cellular turnover which causes less clogged pores. But the reason why it’s held its reputation for so long is it’s ability to affect the retention of collagen, newer studies also link retinol to boost collagen production. Collagen holds the structure of skin together, it firms and gives elasticity to our skin. As you age you lose this structure.
Over the counter anti aging products have Retinols in them which are not as potent as prescription Retin-A but has scientific evidence of its anti aging properties. Look out for 1% retinol in these products.
You have to be patient with using Retinols- because of their potency they cause redness, peeling, and flakiness. Your skin actually gets worst when you start using retinols, takes anywhere form 6-8 weeks for your skin to build up tolerance to vitamin a. So hang in there. People with rosacea or eczema should avoid these products as well as pregnant women.
Use a pea size amount for entire face, start out with using every other night and build up to daily use, start with over the counter retinols before attempting prescription Retin-A, apply a moisturizer 20 mins after using retinols. Start using in your 30 s but it’s a must have and should be added to your daily night routine in your 40 s.
2) Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
It’s naturally found in out body. As we age like other vitamins and nutrients synthesis of HA decreases. Available in a capsule form, topically as creams and injectables ( restylane)
What does it do for our skin?
It makes an excellent moisturizer due to its water retaining properties. Half of the body’s hyaluronic acid is located in the collagen of the skin. Therefore along with hydration it also keeps collagen synthesis up. Maximizing collagen levels will help keep skin looking firm and supple.
HA is better as a cream or serum then collagen because it able to penetrate the skins upper layers to improve elasticity , hydration of skin leaving skin looking more supple.
find a vegan source supplement for capsules, with no alcohol, parables or preservatives. Same applies to creams. Pure HA will contain any of the harmful ingredients to counteract its
benefit as a topical. Also more effective when used with Vit C.
Side Effects –
You’ll rarely see allergic reactions with HA, the adverse reactions are seen when usedas an injectable, that also related to the delivery of HA with a needle.
3) Natural antioxidants –
Vitamin C and E, pomegranate, green tea, coffee berry extracts. All these antioxidants have shown to repair damage and slow aging process. Stable Vitamin C helps build collagen, reduce inflammation and promotes elasticity to plum your skin. How do you know if vitamin C is stable, look for L-ascorbic acid. Green tea helps fight free radicals that damage health skin cells by breaking down levels of collagen.