Do Anti-Aging Skin Products Work?


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When we speak of anti-aging skin care, many products are involved. These anti-aging skin products, although expensive, are selling like hotcakes these days because face it, we all want their promise of having skin that glows with youthfulness and freshness fulfilled.

However, for the many creams, lotions and vitamin supplements that claim to reduce wrinkles or slow down premature aging, there isn’t enough evidence to show that they really work. At the most, what they do is just cover up the damage done and not make your skin look younger at all.

But it’s good to note that there are certain active ingredients used in these anti-aging products that have been proven to be safe and effective. The trick therefore is to find the right ingredients that work well with you. Here are four of these common ingredients with an explanation of their role in decreasing signs of skin aging:

1. Peptides

The body produces collagen and elastin, substances that enable skin to maintain its smooth, plump and youthful appearance. Peptides are the small proteins that help stimulate new cells to grow and help skin cells to heal. Although found in a number of products, experts aren’t exactly sure which formulation may work but their theory is peptides work by stimulating the replacement of collagen, elastin and other components that suffer during aging. They are also good moisturizers for hydrating skin.

2. Retinol

Retinol is a natural form of Vitamin A and works by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and boosts skin’s thickness and elasticity. A proven effective ingredient for decreasing signs of aging, it’s accessible in a number of over-the-counter skin creams. Its more potent form is called Tretinoin, which is available by prescription. The potent form though may cause side effects such as burning, warmth, stinging and tingling.

3. Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

These are natural ingredients coming from fruits and milk sugars that work like your basic exfoliant, eliminating dead skin and allowing the deeper, newer skin to come to surface faster. Examples of these are lactic, glycolic and citric acids. Each acid has different effects. Lactic acid, from sour milk, helps remove dead skin cells which has a brightening effect on the skin while Glycolic acid, which comes from sugarcane, helps reduce fine lines making skin smoother and tighter.

4. Antioxidants 

Antioxidants are commonly claimed to help fight cell damage from free radicals, which are molecules that could injure cells, increase inflammation and increase the risk of cancer. As per the National Institute of Health,  substances having antioxidant properties include beta-carotene, lycopene, selenium and Vitamins A, C and E. In foods, they are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and some meats. Antioxidant supplements are also available.

Of course, should you want immediate effects to looking younger, there are always skin care treatments you can undergo. A consultation with your dermatologist would help you determine which method would suit you best. If you find it a bit heavy on your budget though, you can always go back to buying the anti-aging products available in the market today. Be it a popular anti-wrinkle cream or a known good anti-aging serum, just make sure to apply what we have shared in this article by checking if any of these components are present in the said product you want to buy.

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