According to the American Academy of Dermatology, consumers spend billions of dollars each year on anti-aging creams and lotions. But for many of these products that claim to reduce wrinkles or slow down premature aging; there isn't sufficient evidence to show they work. The trick is finding the right ingredients that work well for you. Let's take a look at some natural active ingredients that may play a role in decreasing signs of aging.
For most consumers, "acid" might usually be associated with harsh and abrasive; however, hyaluronic acid is the opposite. The hyaluronic acid in skincare products is a terrifically effective humectant. “It draws a tremendous amount of water to the skin—about 1,000 times its weight,” says cosmetic chemist Randy Schueller, editor in chief of thebeautybrains.com. Hyaluronic acid not only makes parched skin feel better but also temporarily plumps it, and is light enough to blend seamlessly with makeup. Hyaluronic acid isn't irritating and won't interact negatively with, or compromise the effectiveness of, other skincare ingredients you might be using.
When incorporated into your daily skincare lineup, well-formulated products containing vitamin C can provide a range of benefits that keep your skin younger-looking. In any form, vitamin C provides potent antioxidant protection, shielding skin from damaging free radicals that promote premature aging.
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Among the group of top anti-aging antioxidants, vitamin E is a powerhouse when it comes to reversing the type of skin damage that leads to dryness, collagen destruction, and fine lines and wrinkles. The vitamin neutralizes free radicals by environmental factors like sun exposure. Vitamin E works in several different ways including helping to protect cell membranes from oxidative damage and preventing collagen from being destroyed. It also works in powerful synergy with vitamin C.
You may sip a cup of warm green tea to relax, but the plant from which the tea is brewed is replete with nutrients that recharge your skin. While the healing medicinal properties of the leaf redound to phytochemicals known as polyphenols; it's the stimulant qualities that can have an energizing effect on aging skin. Green tea is also an antioxidant, meaning that it aids in preventing and repairing the damage done by oxidation, which breaks down skin cells.