On a quest to look young forever? You’re not alone. Pharmaceutical companies are constantly coming up with the perfect cream or serum that promises to reverse the effects of aging.
The thing is, we’re all born with a finite number of stem cells that keep us looking young. But by the time we hit our late 20s, these cells start to slow down. Collagen production—a natural protein found in the skin that helps maintain skin’s elasticity—starts to slow down as well, making fine lines and wrinkles more visible.
How to fight the aging process then? You don’t have to pay a plastic surgeon a very expensive visit; there are many products out in the market that claim to be virtual time machines in a bottle. Thanks to pharmaceutical companies that spend tons of money on research, new and improved anti-aging ingredients are being developed to further bring us closer to the elusive fountain of youth. Here are a few anti-aging ingredients you should use:
Conjugated Lioleic Acid (CLA)
While CLA is known to break down fat and help promote weight loss, it also helps stimulate skin cells. This in turn helps promote faster cellular turnover.
Retinol is the purest form of Vitamin A, with a molecular structure so small, it can easily penetrate through the layers of elastin and collagen in the skin. Why the need for Vitamin A? Well, Vitamin A helps promote cell growth. It also helps stimulate collagen production. It’s often used to treat acne since it’s been known to help unclog pores. Recent research shows that it can even prevent acne scarring and smooth out uneven skin tones.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA)
These are naturally occurring acids in fruits, sugar cane, and milk. AHA sloughs off dead skin cells by dissolving the “cement” that holds them together. Since it rids our skin of unwanted debris, new skin cells are able to “grow.” AHA also helps skin stay hydrated, thanks to its hygroscopic ability—and hydrated skin means less fine lines and wrinkles!
Glycerine is commonly used as a humectant in cosmetic products, thanks to its powerful moisturizing properties (take a look at that bottle of hand lotion on your desk—chances are, glycerine is one of the ingredients!). Being a humectant, glycerine is able to absorb water from the air and traps it in our skin to keep it moist.
Possibly the closest you can get to the fountain of youth—and that’s not an exaggeration. Sirtuins are protein enzymes that not only help repair cell damage, but they actually keep cells living longer…at least in the lab. Studies have also found that sirtuins may increase collagen production.
Phloretins are antioxidants extracted from apples, and, combined with Vitamin C and ferulic acid, can penetrate the skin and halt the formation of dark spots and wrinkles. An added bonus? It protects against DNA changes that may lead to certain nonmelanoma skin cancers.
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