Let’s talk skincare products to help fight aging at ANY age!
We all want to look as good as we feel. Beautiful skin is something that all of us strive for – and for all women (and some men!), a dash of a little extra something is crucial to maintaining that lovely glow.
Great skincare starts externally and of course, 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.
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?
Here is a list of several ingredients to look out for when browsing the beauty aisle. Incorporate anti-aging ingredients into your routine to work some magic and feel great.
It’s not just for preventing colds! Vitamin C is one of the best 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. For this, 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! They will come.
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.
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!
Talk 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?
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 the 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 help attack free radicals responsible for signs of aging.
If you want to try a new eye cream, look 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, do a 24-hour patch test on the back of your wrist. 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!
What products do you enjoy using to help stop the signs of aging? Please let us know in the comments at the bottom of this page. We’d love to hear from you!
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