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Ingredients to look out for in anti-ageing products

There is no dearth of anti-ageing creams, serums and lotions on the market. You will be spoilt for choice when you search for anti-ageing product that can help you get rid of those wrinkles and other ageing signs. Picking the right product isn’t as easy as it seems. Learning about the best anti-aging ingredients can help you find out which products are worthy of your hard-earned pounds.

  • Retinol
  • A vitamin A antioxidant precursor, retinol is a powerful ingredient that reduces the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles to improve the look of ageing skin. Several clinical studies have shown that retinol promotes production of collagen to restore youthfulness of the skin. Most of the anti-aging drugstore brand and prescription topical creams contain retinol as the main ingredient. Prescription-strength retinoid contain high concentration of the ingredient, which might cause allergies and side-effect. It is always better to consider non-prescription-strength retinols as they are suitable for all skin types and provide effective results. Although retinol based products are best used a night, you can also use them during the day time. Don’t forget to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen after applying retinol cream.

  • Antioxidants
  • As you probably already know, free radical damage is one of the main causes of skin ageing. To combat that, antioxidants work as the best ingredient. Antioxidants fight the free radicals in your system, to restore your youthful-looking skin. Common antioxidants that can be found in skin care products are Vitamins A, C, E, and beta carotene. These ingredients not only protect cells from the damage caused by sun, pollution, wind, and temperature, but they also kick-start skin rejuvenation process. Natural anti-ageing products contain botanicals such as green tea, pomegranates, and grape seeds as a source of antioxidants.

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
  • Derived from fruit or milk sugars, AHAs are known for reducing the appearance of signs of ageing by reducing the cell adhesion and allowing removal of dead cells to reveal younger-looking skin. Common AHAs including in anti-aging products are glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid and tartaric acid. Glycolic acid is one of the most effective among all and is easily found in over-the-counter and natural products. If your night skin care product contain retinol, then using AHA based product in the morning can prepare your skin for effective penetration.