As I’m approaching my thirties, I am thinking more and more about skin care with regards to anti-aging (it’s not too early to think about prevention!). While I do moisturize and apply facial sunscreen on a daily basis, I’m trying to be more thoughtful about what I want my skincare products and practices to accomplish. Sometimes, though, it gets overwhelming with so many new buzzwords, so I decided to compile my top picks that you should know about and discuss why they’re part of the Anti-Aging A-Team! I’ve also included products containing these ingredients that I have personally used and can vouch for. Without further ado…
I couldn’t start with anything else! This powerhouse ingredient can accomplish many things, from promoting cell turnover, collagen production, brightening and evening skin tone, and even helping prevent and reduce acne! Retinols can be used over the counter as part of your regular skincare regimen, but it should only be applied at night as the sun’s rays break down the Vitamin A in retinoids, thereby reducing its effectiveness. Retinoids, as found in Retin-A Micro (remember that?), are much more intense and require a prescription.
Side story: I had a few pimples once in high school and I decided it was a good idea to slather Retin-A on my face and the top layer peeled off over the course of a few weeks. Granted, my skin looked nice after, but it should definitely not be used as a spot treatment!
Peptides are made up of amino acids, which are the building block of proteins. Essentially, peptides assist with stimulating the production of collagen, an important protein in skin. According to expert Paula Beguon and founder of Paula’s Choice, we should “think of [peptides] as air-traffic controllers for your skin. One of our skin’s most important proteins is collagen, which gives our skin its thickness. Collagen breaks down in the skin due to age, environmental factors, UV rays and stress, causing wrinkles to form. The good news is that peptides, when applied topically to the skin, can then send a signal to produce new collagen, leading to the appearance of younger, more supple skin.”
Lactic Acid (or Alpha Hydroxy Acid)
Lactic acid is an effective skin exfoliant that can even be used by more sensitive skin. While you can’t expect lactic acid to eliminate deeper wrinkles, they will assist with the appearance of fine lines and fading of blemish scars or sun spots. So if you’re looking for a more gentle exfoliation for those reasons or just to improve skin tone and brightness, consider products with AHAs in them.
Hyalurnoic acid sounds a little intimidating, but it’s actually naturally occurring in our bodies! This acid binds to water, therefore retaining moisture in your skin creating a supple, healthy, and youthful appearance. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial nature, hyaluronic acid can also help heal wounds more quickly!
7 Surprising Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/hyaluronic-acid-benefits#section7
Abbersteen, L. (2018, July 23). Lactic Acid For Skin: The Complete Guide For Beginners. Retrieved from https://www.marieclaire.co.uk/beauty/skincare/lactic-acid-peel-serum-cream-lotion-591993
Get The Gloss. (n.d.). Peptides: The skin-gredient that has one expert very excited. Retrieved from https://www.getthegloss.com/article/new-peptides-in-skincare-and-how-they-work
Moorhouse, V. (2018, June 28). What Does Retinol Do and Should You Try It? Retrieved from http://stylecaster.com/beauty/what-does-retinol-do/
Peptide. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/biochemistry-genetics-and-molecular-biology/peptide
Trench, B. L., & Nesvig, K. (2017, October 23). 6 Things You Should Know Before Putting This Popular Acid on Your Skin. Retrieved from https://www.allure.com/gallery/what-you-didnt-know-about-lactic-salicylic-citric-glycolic-acid-creams
Valenti, L. (2018, July 12). A Beginner’s Guide to Retinol-Here’s Everything You Need to Know. Retrieved from https://www.vogue.com/article/retinol-retinoids-guide-fine-lines-sun-damage-healthy-glow
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