There are thousands of anti-aging products on the market today, and if their advertising is any indicator, they might just be a product of witchcraft! They promise instant wrinkle reduction and a look of youth that will make it seem like the clock was magically turned back. However, anti-aging lotions, creams and serums are not just a bunch of hocus pocus. There are certain ingredients that make these products really work. Here's what to look for when you invest in your next youth potion.
Hydrate the skin with hyaluronic acid
You probably know that dry skin is less attractive than hydrated skin, but did you know that dryness can also cause wrinkles, and the sun is responsible for deep dryness? Here's what happens: when skin is damaged by UV rays from Mr. Sun, it produces less hyaluronic acid, which is a major component of the skin that keeps it firm. When the skin is lacking hyaluronic acid, wrinkles occur.
Applying hyaluronic acid has been proven to maintain firm skin structure, thus preventing or healing wrinkles.
Make it produce its own collagen with copper peptides
There are traces of copper in every cell in the human body. In the skin, tiny protein particles called peptides bond with the copper elements in skin cells, forming copper peptides that help the skin heal itself. The better your skin is at the healing process in general, the better it is at "healing" wrinkles.
Wrinkle creams that have copper peptides essentially help wrinkles heal faster, while also helping your skin produce collagen, the stuff that keeps the face looking smooth and firm. One example of a copper peptide that is commonly added to wrinkle creams is Matrixyl 3000.
Rid the free radicals with retinol
Retinol is an ingredient in a number of anti-aging, anti-wrinkle products, and is basically a very compounded form of vitamin A. Because vitamin A is an antioxidant, its role in anti-aging products is to fight free radicals – those nasty molecules that break down smooth skin, contributing to the creation of wrinkles. These are also called retinoids.
Be careful when you start using a product with retinol, however. Vitamin A can irritate the skin if used excessively, so if you're just starting out with this ingredient, use it on alternate nights and gradually increase the frequency.