It's time we separate hype from help and look at what anti-aging ingredients are and how they can work for you. Your skin is unique and that hot new release may be perfect for you. Or not. Let's lift the lid and see!
The most popular antioxidants are Vitamins C and E. Each neutralizes free radicals that damage skin cells. Vitamin E strengthens the skin's barrier while Vitamin C brightens. Together they preserve and build collagen.
Retinols and retinoids are derivations of Vitamin A. They speed up cell turnover and stimulate collagen production. Also, retinols plump fine lines and wrinkles and brighten skin.
Peptides are short chains of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. They stimulate collagen production.
Ceramides help skin maintain moisture levels. Look for serums or mists containing ceramides for maximum absorption.
Hyaluronic acid holds up to 1000 times its weight in water and is an excellent moisturizer. It occurs naturally in the body and can be used as an alternative to fillers.
While not an exhaustive list, these five anti-aging ingredients can serve as a foundation for your skincare regimen. Remember when adding new products, go slowly and add one at a time.