Youthfulness is one thing we all crave for; we all wish to stay young and good-looking for as long as possible. One of the effective ways to achieve this is through proper skin care.
The use of appropriate wrinkle creams and lotions can help to stop, reverse, and prevent the skin from aging. But with so many of these creams and lotions available in departmental stores, drug stores, and on the internet, it can be pretty confusing to know which to opt for.
The effectiveness or otherwise of these creams and lotions is dependent on the specific ingredient (s) used in their production.
Typically, wrinkle creams and lotions aren’t classified as drugs, therefore they are not required by law to undergo any form of scientific research to prove their effectiveness.
So basically, in order to stay safe and make the right choices, you need to carry out your personal research. Below are some of the common, scientifically proven anti-aging ingredients to achieve a timeless skin;
Top of the list and one of the most popular anti-aging skin ingredient is Sunscreen. What makes it so effective is that it protects the skin from being exposed to the sun’s UV light, which is responsible for up to 80% of skin aging.
This explains why the part of our skin that is not usually exposed to sun rays typically appears fresher and younger compared to our facial skin and other parts that is frequently harassed by the sun.
The sun’s Ultra Violet light is the key cause of collagen and elastin damage, which eventually leads to wrinkles.
2. Retinol (Vitamin A):
Equally as effective and as scientifically proven as Sunscreen, Vitamin A, which is popularly known as Retinol, is another anti-aging ingredient which is worthy of mention.
In fact, in some cases, it may have more scientific proof than Sunscreen. Retinol is the first antioxidant to be used widely in non-prescription wrinkle creams.
Antioxidants help to prevent the skin from wrinkling by neutralizing free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules) which breaks down skin cells.
The effectiveness of Vitamin A as an anti-aging ingredient was discovered accidentally when it was clinically tested as a treatment for acne. The result was that wrinkles and other fine lines began to disappear.
While Sunscreen helps to prevent aging and works as an anti-aging anti-wrinkle ingredient, Retinol works as a wrinkle repair cream.
How does Retinol works? Simple.
By re-stimulating the production of collagen in the skin. The level of collagen in the skin is directly related to skin health.
The collagen level in the skin naturally begins to drop when an individual is in his/her twenties, used up by sun’s UV light.
While Sunscreen and Retinol are popularly known for their anti-aging capability, Niacinamide, which is also known as Vitamin B3, is less known but carries as much punch.
Niacinamide has skin repairing and skin restoring capabilities. Some of the other anti-aging benefits that Niacinamide offers include; treating redness, brightens areas with uneven skin tone, improves skin elasticity, boost skin cell metabolism and regeneration.
Compared to Retinol which is usually not so suitable for people with dry, sensitive, or easily irritated skin, Niacinamide is an apt skin care ingredient for all skin types.
It is so powerful only 5% concentration can help treat and rewind wrinkles.
4. Vitamin C:
This is yet another scientifically proven anti-aging ingredient to achieve a timeless healthy skin. Vitamin C is so essential for the skin that without it the skin fall apart, almost literally.
Vitamin C helps the skin in the production of collagen. A moderate lack or deficiency of collagen in the skin causes wrinkles, while a severely deficient case causes scurvy.
Vitamin C comes in different forms, but the most well-tested form is L-ascorbic acid. Despite how proven this form of Vitamin C is, it causes side effect such as slight stinging for those with sensitive skin.
The alternative to this, however, is the use of Protected or Indirect Vitamin C. Indirect or Protected Vitamin C contains an extra ingredient which prevents Vitamin C from being stingy.
Some examples of protected or Indirect forms of Vitamin C include; Ascorbic Palmitate, Ascorbic Tetraisopalmitate, Sodium Ascorbic Phosphate etc.
5. Hydroxy acids:
Naturally, as we grow older the rate at which our skin exfoliate slows down. This causes the skin texture to get rough and patchy, and become wrinkle prone.
Hydroxy acid is an example of exfoliating acid which helps to speed up the skin’s natural exfoliating rate, making them a scientifically proven anti-aging ingredient.
Some of the other benefits from this acid include; lightening and brightening areas with darkened skin tone, stimulating collagen production, re-structure skin to make it more youthful, and helps to soften and resolve fine lines and wrinkles.