Aging is a tricky thing to fight against because it is a natural process that all living creatures must go through. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t even try to manage aging. At the very least, we can even slow down the process by feeding the body with the right substances to keep it young and using the right anti-aging products and treatments to trick our systems to perform as if it were younger. Find out which anti-aging ingredients work best and what to look for in the latest personal care lines and cosmetics.
Retinol is one of the forms of Vitamin A. It has been the active ingredient in many anti-aging products, cosmetics and treatments for many years. In spite of the discovery of new ingredients that fight skin and cell aging, retinol remains popular as a youth and beauty enhancer quite simply because it works. This explains why it is still being prescribed and used in an expanding range of cosmetics and beauty products.
Retinol is often marketed as tretinoin, a prescription-strength derivative that helps reverse early signs of aging and sun damage. Tretinoin is often used to improve the texture, tone and color of the skin, and minimize the appearance of fine lines by stimulating healthy blood circulation and production of collagen. Individuals who are sensitive to the effects of tretinoin often use retinol, which has a milder formulation.
Salicylic acid is a substance sourced from the bark of the willow tree. Salicylic acid is a popular ingredient in anti-aging products and treatments because of its keratolytic action. Once it comes in direct contact with skin, it causes the upper skin cells to slough off, revealing the younger-looking skin underneath. It results in gradual peeling, usually a few days after initial application. It is commonly found in lotions, toners, creams and cleansers and is often prescribed for the treatment of oily skin, acne, whiteheads and blackheads.
Silicones have been used since the 1950’s in personal care cosmetics and treatments, often in the form of dimethicone. This is a liquid form of linear polymers that are known to trap moisture and thus create a smooth, soft skin surface. Many of the most popular moisturizers contain this anti-aging ingredient because it also helps fill in depressions in the skin such as fine lines and wrinkles. Silicone provides instant gratification; creating a smooth, even skin texture instantly.
Olive oil is being increasingly used as an anti-aging ingredient because it acts as an excellent emollient and contains Vitamin E, an antioxidant. The high Vitamin E content of olive oil makes it ideal for fighting aging because it protects the body from free radicals, which are responsible for causing damage to the cells. Antioxidants found in olive oil neutralize this action and help prevent aging at the cellular level.