In our ongoing quest for the right skincare products, we tend to get lost in terms of which products to use and most importantly at what phase in our lives. With as many different skin care products on the market as there are, let alone their hard-to-pronounce names, it can be difficult to spot and navigate the beauty aisle we belong to with confidence. Regarding mature skin, considering certain ingredients must be our primary concern. It could get really perplexing when it comes to decipher which ingredients are right for both our skin type and age. CIIN’s beauty editor provides you with a list of 14 most popular ingredients in skin care products that must exist in your anti-aging creams, serums and lotions in order for you to efficiently and effectively achieve the process of healthy aging.
For healthy aging, aim for including the following ingredients in your skincare products…
1 || Sunscreen
Goes without saying I guess. Since the sun is the primary cause of premature aging, this makes sunscreen the most biologically active ingredient available. Sunscreen has the greatest ability to prevent wrinkles and premature skin aging.
2 || Serums
A serum is considered a game changer as it causes change in the behavior of your skin. You should aim for serums formulated to increase the metabolism of the aging cells. Something that will eventually occur with age. Usually those contain vitamin C and other blends.
3 || Retinol or Retinoids
We can now safely speed up the skin renewal process without unwanted dryness and irritation with products that contain retinol. It’s important to note that not all retinol products are equal. Consult your dermatologist for the best form that suits your skin needs.
4 || Vitamin C
The most extensively researched antioxidant in skincare. Extremely effective in interfering with many aging free radicals found in the environment such as sunlight, stress, and pollutants. Best when applied daily under a moisturizer containing sunscreen. This powerful antioxidant is also helpful with reducing discoloration and brown spots. Vitamin C&E Treatment is an excellent formula for daily use.
5 || Alpha-Lipoic Acid
Alpha-lipoic acid helps to prevent the signs of aging in the skin while soothing it at the same time. It improves cellular energy production and reduces inflammation, a major cause of aging. It also provides your skin with superior antioxidant protection, further activating antioxidants such as coenzyme Q10.
6 || Ceramides
Ceramides are natural lipids that your skin produces, they help your skin to maintain its moisture levels, preventing dry or irritated skin. Ceramides play a key role in barrier protection of the skin, allowing it to capture and bind water to stay hydrated.
7 || Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 deficiency can result in an inability to properly produce collagen and elastin, two of the main building blocks of healthy skin. Unfortunately, most people over the age of 30 are deficient if they don’t take a supplement with the enzyme.
8 || Glycolic Acid
A popular chemical exfoliant that is a derivative of sugarcane and is found naturally in foods. It’s been known to boost the production of collagen and elastin in the body, reducing the signs of aging in the skin. It is an alpha hydroxy acid that’s used as an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and smoothes skin texture. Glycolic acid can further reduce the look of fine lines and aging.
9 || Hyaluronic Acid
A powerful moisturizer and is one of the main contributors to keeping your skin supple and hydrated. It can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, is naturally found throughout your entire body and can be used as a natural alternative to synthetic fillers.
10 || Malic Acid
An alpha-hydroxy acid naturally found in the body that can boost the immune system and balance pH levels in the body. Malic acid is excellent to improve the appearance of fine lines, large pores and improve the overall texture of skin.
11 || Kojic Acid
Kojic acid limits melanin production in the skin, which is the substance that gives skin its color. Therefore it lightens pigmented skin, which is usually the result of sun exposure. Kojic acid is also an antioxidant that helps with the premature damage or malfunction of skin cells.
12 || Resveratrol
A powerful antioxidant essential to neutralizing free radicals, improving the appearance of skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Naturally found in high amounts amongst the skins of grapes and in red wine, Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant that fights free radical damage (which leads to aging skin).
13 || Vitamin E
A powerful source of antioxidants, vitamin E helps fight wrinkles and fine lines caused by pollution, UV rays and free radicals by neutralizing the oxidant effect of free radicals. Your body cannot naturally produce it, so it’s vital to get it from a skin or hair care product. It has significant anti-inflammatory effects as well.
14 || Vitamin K
Vitamin K can help to reverse the appearance of aging in skin because of its role in blood circulation, making it perfect for under-eye creams. Vitamin K reverses the calcium that is deposited in your skin’s elastin fibers, which harden and lead to wrinkles.