Walking down the aisles of your local grocery, department or drug stores is a daunting tasking; especially if you’re on the hunt for a new anti-aging skin product. You might also feel like you need a medical degree just to decipher the names on the ingredients list. Don’t stress and instead look for these ingredients to discover the 5 anti-aging products everyone needs to keep their skin looking younger and healthier.
Sunscreen and Peptides
Sun exposure is unavoidable, so keep an eye out for products with a UV factor of at least 15. This is especially true of your facial moisturizer, which allows you to protect your skin against antioxidant depletion without having to apply a separate product before makeup. Once again, watch for the words “UV, UVA or UVB” protection to ensure your skin absorbs the correct amount of vitamin D from the sun’s rays. It’s the UVA rays that lead to unwanted lines and wrinkles, while the UVB rays are responsible for your nasty sunburns and the formation of skin cancer.
Without getting too technical, peptides are the short chains of amino acids that aid your skin in several different ways. Depending upon the type of peptide, this result could translate into the removal of the unwanted bags under your eyes, the formation of collagen or the healing of wounds, including acne scars. Read the label carefully to determine the individual peptides found in the anti-aging product and if they resolve your particular skin issues.
Antioxidants, Retinol and Lactobacillus
Vitamins C and E are the most commonly found antioxidants in anti-aging skincare products. These antioxidants not only protect the upper layers of skin from UV damage, they also fend off free radicals. Free radicals are found in cigarette smoke, pollution and other chemicals and products you’re exposed to everyday. After years of exposure, these free radicals begin to attack the skin, causing unwanted dark spots, lines and wrinkles.
Retinol is a by-product of vitamin A and used to treat a variety of skin issues, from acne and acne scars to fine lines and wrinkles. When applied, retinol thickens and strengthens the skin’s outer layers, increases collagen and elastin production and decreases the effects of UV rays on the skin. Retinol is available in both over-the-counter and prescription products. Consult your doctor or dermatologist to discover the retinol-containing, anti-aging products that are right for your skin.
Lactobacillus is the probiotic found in yogurt and helps balance out the amounts of useful bacteria and moisture on the skin. It’s often used after skin peels, microdermabrasion and other procedures that damage the skin or remove its upper layers. Once applied, the lactobacillus helps kill unwanted bacteria and restores the moisture balance and appearance of the fragile, delicate skin.
Tips and comments
Use these products in conjunction to achieve the desired outcome. For instance, consider a product that contains both peptides and sunscreen to treat existing lines and wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming. Discontinue use of these products and consult a doctor immediately if unwanted side effects occur, including skin irritation and redness.