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Anti-aging Skincare Ingredients Explained, the Good, the Useless, and the Bad!

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Wrinkles, sagging skin, discoloration, and age spots are all enemies for women. Over the years, I dug up lots of information about the skin.

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Learn the Ingredients of the Skincare Product is Key to Looking Your Best!

Anti-wrinkle skincare is huge! You have to be a smart consumer to select the best of the best products to really help your skin look young. However, keep in mind that aging is definitely not reversible, please have realistic expectations. The best way is to read the ingredients list and know what they do. This sounds intimidating. But there are so many resources that are available to help you all over the internet, including this article that you are reading right now. So, let's explore the beneficial, not proven effective, and potentially harmful ingredients now!

Retinol

Not only is this vitamin A derivative good at treating acne, it actually helps with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It works by increasing the production of collagen, stimulate new blood vessels, and fading age spots. While over the counter retinol is everywhere in beauty products, it's good to know what this ingredient can cause dryness, irritation, and sensitivity to sunlight. So, you must only apply at night and use sun protection during the day!

Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Ferulic Acid

Why are these three ingredients put together? They work in good synergy. This type of serum is actually one of my most recommended step in skincare routine. The most potent form of vitamin C is ascorbic acid (very powerful antioxidant), which is incredibly unstable at the same time. Vitamin E and ferulic acid both help to stabilize ascorbic acid. I have been using this type of serum for many years and my skin has never been better. Read my article to learn all about the vitamin C, E, and ferulic acid serum!

Ceramides

This is another beneficial ingredient for the aging skin. Ceramides help reinforce the skin's barrier and increase hydration. Actually, ceramides are found in high concentrations in the uppermost layer of the skin. But over time, ceramides are damaged due to sun. That's where we need to replenish it in our skin with skincare products.

Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Squalene, Sodium Hyaluronate, and Dimethicone

All of these help to hydrate the skin. As we all know, aging skin needs more hydration to avoid the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Look for these beneficial ingredients in skincare products. When you see them in the ingredients list, you know this serum or cream is working hard on your skin.

Niacinamide

This is vitamin B3. Niacinamide mainly helps the aging skin by targeting hyperpigmentation issues and red blotchiness. However, in some studies, niacinamide has also shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. This is a worthy ingredient to look for in your anti-aging skincare routine.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA)

AHAs were originally used to treat acne problems because it gets rid of dull rough skin, and promote cellular renewal. One of the most used AHAs is glycolic acid. The result is smoother skin, faded wrinkles, faded spots, and decreased blemishes. However, due to its skin exfoliation properties, AHAs cause more sensitivity to UV rays. So, it's very important that this product is only used at night. Also, you must protect your skin during the day from the UV rays by sunscreen and physical barrier.

BHAs are very similar to AHAs except that its effect is not as strong as AHAs. One of the most popular BHAs is salicylic acid. BHAs are more suitable for oily skin.

https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/alpha-hydroxy-acids

Peptides

They are a a group of compounds that have various functions such as stimulate the skin to make more collagen, encourage wound healing, and help with dryness. We know that collagen play a key function in the health of our skin. Yes, it's very complicated and that's why you see a long list of peptides in certain skincare products. There are some research that backup the claim of peptides. But their exact effectiveness in skincare is not conclusive. That means you don't necessarily have to look for these ingredients in skincare; they may only help the aging skin a little bit.

Gold and Platinum

While there ingredients don't sound like they should appear in skincare, they actually do appear in some really expensive ones. While they look fabulous on your fingers and body, they don't really have much of an effect on wrinkles and fine lines. Don't let these expensive ingredients fool you, go for anti-aging ingredients that are backed up by solid scientific research.

Alcohol, Fragrance, and Perfume

Avoid these ingredients. Alcohol tends to dry the skin which is very bad for older skin that is already kind of dry. Products containing alcohol tend to "absorb" faster into the skin. But in actuality, it's drying faster because of the alcohol in the product. Fragrance and perfume in anti-aging and any other kind of skincare products might irritate the skin and they are completely unnecessary. Avoid these three ingredients.