From food to energy, everything is about going green these days. Then how can it not be the same for the skin care industry? People around the world have begun to realize the benefits of natural anti-aging skin care products. However, there are still many people out there who do not believe that they actually work.
On the contrary, they are far more effective and much gentler on the skin in comparison to the synthetic skin care products, only if you know the right ingredients to look for. Here is the list of the top ingredients to check before buying your favorite anti-aging skin care product next time.
There is nothing like retinol if you want to fight all the signs of aging. However, being a derivative of vitamin A, it is also naturally found in our skin. It is the one used in most of the skin care products synthesized in one way or the other.
It is said to promote healthy cell turnover by boosting the collagen production, reducing the fine lines and wrinkles. Along with it, it not only just inhibits the formation of acne lesions as well as pigmentation, but also improves the color and the skin tone. However, remember not to layer it with benzoyl peroxide or alpha hydroxyl acids, as they will deactivate it.
Peptides are the fragments of active protein that effectively communicate with the cells and specifically instruct them to have in a certain way. Since they are the fundamental building blocks of the skin, without it the skin will not remain intact and the result will be the loss of firmness, appearance of wrinkles, change in the texture and color of the skin.
As you age, you lose fat, which causes the skin to sag and develop fine lines. On the other hand, these small proteins stimulate new skin cells to grow and heal by producing more collagen and signaling the muscles to relax thereby minimizing wrinkles. However, alone they are not the solution to every sign of aging and other skin problems. As there are peptides who directly simulate the skin such as palmitoyl pentapeptide and there are others which do not, but do penetrate deep into the skin to act as a delivery mechanism for other ingredients.
Alpha and beta hydroxyl acids
These acids are basically derived from either fruits or milk, which dissolves the glue between the dead skin cells that accumulate over the time to make the skin complexion dull. This in return, makes room for the regrowth of new skin cells acting as the perfect exfoliator. They are scientifically reported to improve wrinkling, roughness and mottled pigmentation of the sun damaged skin.
The main difference between AHA & BHA lies in their lipid solubility. AHA is water-soluble and BHA lipid or oil soluble. Due to this difference in properties, BHA is better used on oily skin with blackheads and whiteheads. Whereas, the AHA is better used in the thickened, sun-damaged skin where breakouts are not a problem.
Ceramides are the natural lipid molecules that are naturally found in a high concentration within the cell membranes. All the four layers of the epidermis contain ceramides since they play an important role of holding the skin cells together. They form a protective layer to reduce infection and help to retain the skin's moisture. The reduction in this very component leads to a dry skin which often causes dermatitis or wrinkles.
The topical application, with the help of the skin care products is used to replenish to natural lipids that are lost due to various factors, including the harsh environmental factors too. Ceramides, in particular, are also known to effectively treat eczema as well.
So, the next time to go out to buy another of your favorite anti-aging skin care cream or serum, do make sure it contains at least one of these effective anti-aging ingredients.