It seems like the list of products aimed to make your skin look younger is endless. With all the options it is hard to know what exactly you’re looking for. What should you be looking for in your skin care products? Well, there are lots of things that are effective, and at least equally as many ingredients that you should be avoiding. But it’s hard to keep track, especially with all the jargon on the back labels of most products.
They’re hard enough to pronounce, let alone remember. That being said, there are some basic ingredients you can look for in your product!
1. Lactic Acid
Lactic Acid is a great exfoliant that decreases the look of wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. It also helps with blemishes and redness of the face. Like other alpha hydroxy acids, it should be applied topically. Benefits of lactic acid include that it’s milder and can be used more often than other AHA’s. Remember, with any acid used on the face, make sure to patch test, especially if you have sensitive skin. Lactic Acid also helps to replenish dehydrated or dry skin.
2. Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is found naturally in certain foods. It comes from sugarcane and is a natural exfoliant that stimulates elastin and collagen to improve the overall texture of the skin. Benefits of glycolic acid include its’ ability to help to break down dead skin cells and the clogs in the skin that develop into acne. Glycolic acid helps to even out discoloration in the skin as well, and can be applied topically.
Products that contain this ingredient are used often to treat scarring, skin discoloration and can aid in reducing signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles. This Skin Clarifying Gel is paraben and cruelty-free and clears skin within seconds of applying simple glycolic acid. Not to mention it’s a great budget option.
Malic acid is a great substitute for glycolic, if your skin is more sensitive.
3. Green Tea
Green tea skin care benefits are aplenty. This happens to be my favourite way to go about solving any skin related issues I have, one of the reasons being how many ways it can be used and the number of different products it can be found in. Green tea is full of an antioxidant called “EGCG” that diminishes wrinkles by increasing cell-turnover.
One of the many benefits of green tea is that the number of skin-related problems it addresses is endless. It reduces redness in the skin, brings about a natural glow and detoxes the body. Using green tea topically will reduce signs of aging and tiredness in the face, and simply drinking it will also deliver on making your skin look younger.
Face masks with green tea are great for redness and skin with blemishes too. I found that the ingredients immediately take effect, and each time I have used the Zen Goddess green tea mask, I found that my skin would glow afterwards. With this mask, the green tea’s antibacterial agents help the regulation of hormonal imbalances, while re-mineralizing skin with natural ingredients.
You’ve proabably have heard about green tea’s ability to aid in weight loss as well; it’s really a great addition to any diet and skincare routine.
What are ceramides for in skin care? Ceramides basically help the skin retain water and stay hydrated. They are lipids and can come in capsulated and cream forms. Using the right product containing ceramides strengthens the skin making it smoother and evens out its texture. Some of my go-to products include ceramide in them; it’s a lesser mentioned substance that works wonders in the correctly formulated product.
Personally, I think the reason ceramides are over-looked is because there is often no explanation regarding how they work or what exactly they are. So, ceramides are lipids (or fats) that make up about half of our skin’s composition. Age and damage from the sun often diminish our natural ceramides, which is why using a topical product can replenish them!
Caffeine, used in the right way and in the right doses, can decrease signs of aging in the skin and can actually help prevent age-related diseases. The best way to use caffeine for your skin is by using skin tightening treatments, masks or serums, and de-puffing eye creams. The difference between coffee and the other ingredients on this list, is that you have to make sure you are using caffeine in a way that is helping your cause rather than hurting it.
Products to tighten your skin, exfoliators and body scrubs can have an anti-aging effect, while drinking coffee regularly can have the very opposite. Best used topically, there are a number of great choices when using caffeine to make your skin look youthful. This is a great topical massager made from naturally-derived caffeine and grape polyphenols to stimulate and energize the skin.
The UpCircle Coffee Face Scrub uniquely mixes both caffeine and Vitamin C to exfoliate and buff away dry skin. With various all-natural ingredients, this product is a great way to start or end your day!
4. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is a great moisturizer that reduces wrinkles and fine lines through simple application. It is one of the few moisturizers that is known to provide firming and lasting hydration to the skin without consistent reapplication throughout the day. It’s a great oil to use in itself as an anti-aging serum even just before sleeping. Jojoba oil is one of those products that works for a lot of different skin remedies along with decreasing aging effects.
This Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream is a great hydrating facial day cream that protects dry and sensitive skin using clean and organic ingredients. It’s great if you need gentle, yet intensive skincare. If you want to know how to look younger than your age, jojoba oil is one of the many that can be really beneficial. It helps acne, dullness and just provides an overall refreshed look to your skin.
5. Vitamin B7
Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H, most popularly known as biotin, is a crucial part of a healthy metabolism. It’s responsible for many of the important enzymes in your body. It’s involved in the metabolism of fatty acids (molecules found in fats and oils) and leucine; an amino acid that we can’t synthesize on our own.
The results of biotin deficiency can include hair loss, drying, cracking and aging of skin. Biotin can be found in nuts, cauliflower, avocado and eggs. It also comes in a supplemental form that is available in most health stores. You will want a biotin product with a high absorption rate, so you get the most of the intake. Our favourite is liquid form for biotin supplements, they are absorbed much better.
We prefer Tropical Oasis – Your Vitamins for Life because not only can they be mixed into a regular drink (for those who aren’t a big fan of pills) they also have an absorption rate up to 98%!
6. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant that aids your body in repairing damaged skin cells. It’s uses are ten-fold; from providing hydration to fading dark spots in the face. The right products with Vitamin C can even out your overall skin tone and amplify the youthful properties of your skin. Many people consider Vitamin C as crucial a part of your skincare regimen as drinking water! By stimulating collagen growth, Vitamin C can help reduce premature signs of aging and provide elasticity to the skin.
This Vitamin C Elixir is a great collagen building formula that helps reduce free radical damage, and is made from entirely natural ingredients.
It is a great proactive ingredient when it comes to signs of aging. Taken as a regular part of your diet, or applied topically using numerous effective products, Vitamin C greatly improves the look and feel of the skin. It tightens the skin and adds a youthful glow to the face that makes you look awake and alive!
Timeless Skin Care – 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum is another great topical serum that even skin tone and promotes collagen build-up in the face!
7. Vitamin K
Vitamin K is another under-recognized beneficial ingredient when it comes to anti-aging ingredients. This ingredient really helps to fade scarring or bruising on your skin, along with helping your skin to look younger. It works against the dullness in skin and is particularly powerful against discoloured and veiny appearances in skin. Great for already-damaged skin, Vitamin K works as an ingredient to reverse damage done from aging past. This is an effective natural ingredient to make you look younger than you age.
8. Alpha-Lipoic Acid
ALA is just one more multi-purpose ingredient in good skin care products. Alpha-Lipoic Acid has strong antioxidant properties for the body and skin! It reduces inflammation and aging signs, along with being a powerful preventative measure for heart-disease. ALA also promotes healthy nerve function and proves beneficial in decreasing effects of some diseases that show up with age. Alpha-Lipoic acid usually takes between 3 and 5 weeks to take full effect in the body.
Retinol is another favourite of mine, and it might be because any product I have used with retinol in it has been effective for me personally. It also covers so many aspects of the skin and isn’t too flashy either. This antioxidant diminishes signs of aging, removes fine lines, and ultimately improves the texture of the skin. Retinol also helps to even out skin tone that has brown spots or wrinkles caused by age and dullness of the skin.
The Advanced Retinol Serum With Time Release Technology from Alchimie Forever is a powerful serum with a gentle system of delivery; it’s amazing how quickly you’ll notice reduction of wrinkles and fine lines! Definitely a personal favourite at Anti-Aging Solutions, this retinol serum combines 2 types of retinol and green tea for an effective anti-aging product.
These are a few of the most effective ingredients you should look for in your anti-aging products. The list of potent ingredients are plenty, and there are more!