Most women want to preserve their youthful skin and look to use the appropriate cosmetic product that will give them the best results to this end.
However with the plethora of cosmetics out there which promise to give you miraculously younger looking skin in a matter of days, it is difficult to understand what to choose and how!
So when choosing an anti aging or anti wrinkle product, look for the following ingredients, which offer, the best chance at efficacy:
Pick a product with sun screen having a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more. This is one of the basic tips to protect your skin from aging.
The sun’s rays are most responsible for signs of aging on your skin. So pick an anti aging cream which includes an SPF or you can use a sun screen separately.
This is a vitamin A compound and an antioxidant, which helps in lessening the harmful effects of free radicals. Retinol, in its various formulations, has been known to stimulate the renewal of skin cells and reduce dark spots.
You probably see written on many of the anti aging products: AHA’s and BHA’s. These are Alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids and poly hydroxy acids which actually help in exfoliating the top layer of skin removing dead cells.
This exfoliation and renewal capacity of AHA fruit acids helps to dissolve the intracellular “glue” that holds the dead cells together on the skin.
Using this on a regular basis gradually enhances the exfoliation of the epidermis and stimulates the production of fresh skin cells to compensate for the missing ones.
Since most creams that use AHAs use a moisturizing base, this means that your skin receives moisture and nourishment, meaning a lighter complexion, fewer pigmentation spots and less marked wrinkles.
If using a product with AHA’s, remember that this exposes the lower layer of skin even more to sun damage, so they should always be used in conjunction with sunscreens.
This is said to protect skin against sun damage and regulate energy production in cells.
These have been seen to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin and to assist in skin healing.
This is known to smooth wrinkles and remove uneven pigmentation.
Green, Black, Oolong Tea extracts
The Camellia sinensis plant, which is what all tea comes from, is well known for having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, when drunk and also when applied topically.
So remember to look for these active ingredients rather than just reaching for the most expensive jar, thinking if it’s more expensive it must be better, which is a fallacy!