Everywhere you look, you’ll see products for the skin that offer to reverse the effects of aging and get rid of wrinkles. Aging skin and wrinkles are a problem for the face but also for the neck and hands, too. No one wants to pay the high cost of surgical procedures, not to mention go through the pain and time it takes to heal! Thankfully, there are solutions to aging that won’t involve a lot of costs – and are pain-free.
Because there are so many products on the market for anti-aging, choosing the exact product that works best for your skin can be trial and error. But there are some things you can watch for. You can look for certain ingredients to make sure you’re getting products that are the best for your skin. Look for products that contain natural ingredients, including vitamins that help promote a healthy skin appearance.
You’ll see listings for elements like vitamin A, or in it’s purest form, Retinol. Retinol helps speed up cell turnover as it is absorbed and attaches itself to your skin cells. Up until your mid-30’s, your skin cells regenerate every 28 days. After this, they slow down to every 50-70 days. Retinol tricks your body into thinking that it is younger again, helping with the skin’s moisture levels, and you need moisture so that your skin looks softer. If you notice that your skin is dry, one of the problems could be a lack of vitamin A in the skincare products you use. Using a product with Retinol can help with skin eruptions like pimples or acne, large pores, lines, wrinkles, and hyper-pigmentation.
Vitamins B3 and B12
Using products that contain Vitamin B3, also known as Niacinamide helps to refine your skin’s texture. This vitamin helps even out your skin tone and keeps your skin from looking old by slowing down the transportation of melanin to your skin’s surface. It also has an antibiotic effect so it improves skin congestion and acne.
Vitamin B12 plays an important part in speeding up cell regeneration by binding to enzymes, helping with chemical reactions in the skin. It is a metabolism booster in the skin cells and this energy increases the speed of cell regeneration and recovery. It is best to use a topical form of Vitamin B12 because as much as 99% of oral supplements are not absorbed.
Vitamin C is one of the best vitamins to use for your skin care routine, its ability to protect and strengthen your skin is unsurpassed. A very potent antioxidant, it shields your skin from environmental aggressors as well as from harmful UV rays of the sun. Topical use is preferred because it gets to the skin cells directly.
Similar to Vitamin C, Vitamin D is a powerful antioxidant, shielding your skin from free radicals in your environment. It also helps to calm inflammation and has been shown to minimize acne and improve eczema.
If you have ultra-dry or sensitive skin Vitamin E is your hero. It never fails to give give you softer, better-moisturized skin. The antioxidants it contains protect against environmental stressors for your skin. Because of its moisturizing components, your skin appears and feels plump, smooth, and younger.
Vitamin K is the often ignored element of anti-aging. Because of its coagulant properties, it is especially beneficial to your eyes, helping to remove the dark circles and sagginess that come with aging. It prevents blood clots from forming so it is also useful to remove the redness or purpling of broken capillaries.
Our skin cells produce Hyaluronic Acid to maintain moisture levels. As we age and become victims of our environment the naturally produced levels decrease. Hyaluronic Acid, HA as seen on some products, works as a magnet for moisture assisting in its retention causing our skin to feel and appear hydrated, plump, and healthy. When skin is properly hydrated wrinkles diminish and your skin maintains a youthful glow.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Some anti-aging products contain Coenzyme Q10. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and CoQ10 and is made by your body and stored in the energy-producing part of your cells, called mitochondria. As with many things, as we age the amount of CoQ10 produced by our bodies decreases. The mitochondria also protect your cells from oxidative damage and disease-causing bacteria and viruses. You have to have this for the cells in your body to work properly. It contains antioxidants and works to repair the skin. One of the things it does to help repair the skin is found in the making of collagen, which breaks down as we age. By working to help the skin make collagen, CoQ10 gets rid of wrinkles and makes skin look younger and more supple.
You’ll also want to look for kinetin. This comes from plants and is used to encourage growth and to help keep age-related skin changes under control. It is an antioxidant that works for your skin cells’ youth properties. There is some evidence that kinetin may cause prolonged bleeding. You should consult your doctor prior to using this if you have any type of bleeding disorder or take any medicines such as clopidogrel (Plavix), warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, enoxaparin (Lovenox), aspirin, or any other medications that slow blood clotting.
Plant extracts, especially the ones youíll find in some teas, are natural boosters for your skin that fight against aging. You can buy a host of products that can help turn back time. Use products like anti-aging cleansers, moisturizers specifically targeted for anti-aging and creams that help prevent lines around the eyes.