While there is no way to reverse the aging process, there are products and lifestyle choices that promote healthy aging on the inside and outside. A healthy diet, proper hydration, and exercise habits go a long way, as does proper stress management. Topical treatments can also make the current state of skin appear more even, toned, firm, and tighter, while also providing the hydration and nutrients needed to prevent premature and unhealthy signs of aging on the skin.
The following is a list of some popular anti-aging ingredients that have shown great results, along with some excellent examples of products that contain them. Speak to your dermatologist who can help recommend which ingredients will work with your skin.
Antioxidants – An umbrella category for some of the specific ingredients below, antioxidants are commonly found in skincare and makeup products that ‘fight free radicals’. Basically, these are particles from the external and internal environment that can harm healthy cells and speed up the aging process and many of its effects, like wrinkles, papery skin, dark circles, and fine lines. Antioxidants are found in high amounts in herbs, spices, vegetables, and fruit, and products containing natural essences, therefore, also contain them.
Examples, some of which are described below, including Coenzyme Q10, Retinol, Green Tea, Turmeric, Acai Oil, Alpha-lipoic acid, and Rosehip Seed Oil.
Retinol – Or Vitamin A1 is found in green and yellow vegetables, fish liver oil, and egg yolk, and it is used by the body for growth and vision. For the skin, it promotes collagen production, encourages cell renewal, and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It may also reverse sun damage effects.
Example: Peter Thomas Roth’s Retinol Fusion PM is a potent infusion of 1.5% with Vitamin C & E which also moisturizes and fights free radicals. It regenerates cells, renews texture and does so with minimal irritation.
Pitera™ – An ingredient developed by SK II’s scientists while observing the fermentation process of sake, the ceremonial Japanese beverage that is rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids.
Example: You’ll want to get the newest SKII beauty products for this ingredient, like the Pitera™ Essence Set that contains the Facial Treatment Essence, Facial Treatment Mask, and Facial Treatment Clear Lotion. They provide youthful radiance, hydrate the skin, support cell renewal, and clean the face of makeup, dirt, and oil.
Coenzyme Q10 – is necessary for cellular energy production that is lessened with age and under environmental stressors. Topical Q10 replenishes stores, augments cellular energy metabolism, and has antioxidant effects.
Example: Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Eye Cream uses Vitamin C along with C0Q10 to brighten and firm skin, plus reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
Green Tea – is rich in antioxidants and great to drink for this reason, as well, green tea also has anti-inflammatory properties which are excellent for skin health and appearance. EGCG compounds increase cell turnover and reduce wrinkles.
Example: Perricone MD Daily Brightening SPF 30 Moisturizer is a lightweight, mineral-based moisturizer with sun protection that protects against accelerated aging damage from the sun. It’s rich in antioxidants like green tea, turmeric, cress sprouts, and olive leaf.
Be sure to read the application instructions before use, as some anti-aging products can be intense if overapplied. Consult your dermatologist or doctor if you have skin sensitivities.