The task of finding the right anti-aging products can often be a daunting one. With so many brands claiming to reverse the natural process of your skin getting older and grant you a forever youthful glow, we may not know which products are actually worth investing in. However, when navigating the vast world of anti-aging skincare, there are some tried and true ingredients that you should look for. Here are the top ingredients that have proven to be anti-aging powerhouses.
Vitamin C is not only great for your health but also for your skin. It's an amazing antioxidant to balance out daily exposure to sun and pollution, fade dark spots and discoloration, and stimulate collagen production, which reduces signs of aging.
Also called Vitamin A, Retinol is a go-to anti-aging ingredient. It stimulates collagen and elastin production and decreases the effect environmental damage has on the skin. It can be very irritating for many, however, so it's best to only use a very small amount right before bed and work it into your routine gradually.
Hyaluronic acid has been a fan favorite of many thanks to its moistur-boosting properties. It not only gives you that dewy look, but it also plumps your skin and thus can help reduce the look of fine lines. Unlike some other more irritating acids, it's great for sensitive skin. Also look for sodium hyaluronate-sometimes a product label will even say hyaluronic acid but have this on the ingredient list. Like hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, but its molecule is smaller, meaning that it can penetrate even deeper to deliver hydration to the skin.
Though it's not technically an ingredient, it's probably the most important product on this list. Sun protection should be an essential part of your daily skin routine for all skin matters, especially anti-aging. Sun exposure is the main cause of visible signs of aging. Using the right daily sunscreen, whether mineral or chemical, with a high SPF should be a step to prevent aging before any other ingredient.
When it comes to maintaining youthful skin, collagen is what keeps it looking firm and bouncy, rather than sagging or wrinkled. Collagen is made up of polypeptides, or just peptides, an amino acid that builds certain proteins in the skin. Besides being found naturally in the skin, peptides are a common skincare ingredient. As you age, and collagen production slows, adding a peptide-rich formula into your routine can help you keep those wrinkles at bay. Oftentimes, peptide products will include the words "tightening" or "firming" on the label.
A type of AHA, lactic acid is a fairly gentle ingredient that increases cell turnover, giving you a radiant, youthful complexion. And, unlike many other acids that dry out the skin, lactic acid has been proven to increase the natural moisturizing factors of the skin.
Ceramides are lipids that boost the outermost layer of your skin, keeping it hydrated. This hydrating property is key in protecting the skin and preventing signs of aging. There are really no cons to ceramides, since they're effective for every skin type.