We all want to look as good as we feel! Beautiful skin is something that all of us strive for – and for women over 50, a dash of extra TLC is crucial to maintaining that lovely glow.
Good skincare starts externally AND internally. A variety of factors can have a major effect on our skin, including what we eat. Additionally, as we age, our skin experiences change as a result of different life events.
Remember the days spent lounging out by the pool? You might finally be starting to see the effects on your skin.
Regardless of our lifestyle choices that inevitably impact our skin, the trickiest part is often navigating the products. How do we truly know if we’re using the best products for the fabulous skin we dream of having?
Well, I’ve got you covered! I’ve compiled a list of several ingredients to look out for when browsing the beauty aisle. Incorporate anti-aging ingredients these into your routine to work some magic.
It’s not just for preventing colds! Vitamin C is one of my favorite anti-aging ingredients.
As we get older, our body decreases its production of collagen and elastin, which keeps skin strong, flexible, and resilient. This is why fine lines and wrinkles show up.
The antioxidants in vitamin C may boost the production of collagen and repair damage, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and scars.
I find vitamin C serums and moisturizers to be particularly helpful.
Before diving deep into the world of vitamin C, here’s a helpful hint: start with a lower concentration (10%) and wait until your skin adapts before going higher (15-20%). You may not see results immediately, and that’s OK!
Vitamin A / Retinol
You’ve probably heard of retinol products – they’re a derivative of vitamin A. This is why you may have heard these ingredients used interchangeably.
Vitamin A keeps free radicals from breaking down collagen, helps with the production of fibroblasts (cells deep in your skin’s layers), and promotes cell production. Whew!
So, what does this mean for the appearance of your skin?
In addition to minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, retinol has the added benefit of boosting skin tone and color, and diminishing those pesky skin patches. Talk about a win-win!
However, keep in mind that retinol-based products can cause dry skin —so you want to make sure not to skimp on your regular moisturizer, and never skip the sunscreen!
I recommend talking to your dermatologist or licensed esthetician before using retinol-based products as they can be strong and irritating to sensitive skin.
Ubiquinone / Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10)
Here’s another ingredient whose names can be used interchangeably.
While you may have heard about CoQ-10 in food and supplements, did you know it has skincare benefits?
Don’t worry, I’ve got the scoop: CoQ-10 is created naturally by the body to zap free radicals in cells, but when you age your body produces less of it.
That’s why this antioxidant is often mixed into toners, gels, creams, and moisturizers. One study even shows that it can help mitigate “Crow’s Feet,” otherwise known as those pesky wrinkles around the eyes.
It also increases skin’s firmness and elasticity and repairs damage.
You’re likely aware of the health benefits attributed to green tea, like promoting weight loss and heart health, but its skincare value is slightly more under the radar. So let’s start with some research:
A 2010 Chinese study shows that green tea consumers’ cells aged at a significantly slower rate than non-drinkers. Researchers believe that green tea’s powerful antioxidants are responsible for this.
This is primarily because green tea has a high concentration of catechins and polyphenols. Sound like gibberish? Basically, these antioxidants help demolish free radicals to help you maintain that oh-so-lovely youthful look.
You don’t have to drink green tea to get its benefits! It’s available in plenty of skincare products – cleansers, toners, serums, and moisturizers.
Other benefits include reducing inflammation, evening skin tone, and fighting dark undereye circles.
Relying on that morning coffee to get you through the day? Research shows that in addition to serving as a wake-up call, caffeine can perk up your complexion, too.
It’s particularly great for the eye area as it provides brightening, toning, and tightening effects. This is because caffeine draws out excess fluid, reduces puffiness, and stimulates blood flow.
It’s also high in antioxidants, which helps attack free-radicals responsible for signs of aging.
If you want to try a new eye cream, I definitely recommend looking for one with caffeine!
Now you have a list of ingredients to look for on your next shopping trip! And, good news: they’ve all had their moment in the skincare spotlight for improving the look and feel of your skin.
Before fully incorporating a new product into your skincare routine, I recommend doing a 24-hour patch test on the back of your wrist. I know, it can be annoying to wait when you’re excited to try a new product, but this ensures you aren’t allergic or sensitive to any ingredients.
Here’s to loving the skin we’re in and treating it well with the right anti-aging ingredients!
Alana Mitchell is the day spa owner at Skincare by Alana, beauty/skincare expert and licensed esthetician, and has been working in the beauty industry her whole life! Alana is honored to host product lines that are truly good for you, and now Alana has just introduced her very own, results-driven skin care line Alana Mitchell Skincare. She doesn’t believe in beauty products that are not tried and researched, rather she is excited about natural organic day spa treatments that actually work. When she is not busy with her website or her day spa in Dana Pointe she enjoys being with her family and newborn son. She frequently shares organic skin care tips at her Skincare blog.