Nowadays over-the-counter anti-aging products promise to turn back the clock and make you look decades younger, at least it’s the retailer’s claim. Among all the products with different price ranges that hit the market, how do we spot an anti-aging cream that really works?
If you are interested in anti-aging products you probably have heard of peptides and antioxidants. They have long been known to regenerate skin cells, disable harmful free radicals, stimulate collagen production and generally lighten and brighten the complexion. The problem was finding a way to effectively deliver the ingredients so that they gave visible results. In the second decade of the twenty-first century, scientists are finally finding ways to combine powerful ingredients with a delivery system which works, producing anti-aging creams which really do what they promise. Knowledge of a few key ingredients which have been scientifically proven to work doesn’t hurt either so look out for one or a combination of these power players:
Antioxidants come in a variety of forms and from a wide range of natural sources. Many plant and animal foods contain them and it is possible to either ingest them or apply them topically via a cream. They work by preventing oxidative damage caused by the invasion of free radicals to cells from exposure to UV rays, pollution and chemicals. Antioxidants actively replace electrons which have been displaced by free radicals, transforming the harmful free radicals into innocent compounds, and thus prevent the destruction of DNA, elastin and collagen. Look for scientifically engineered versions of antioxidants, which make them even more potent.
MitoQ is one of the first of these scientifically engineered antioxidants. It is a derivative of CoQ10 and very common antioxidant contained in many skincare products. MitoQ has been designed to literally flood the cell and achieve concentrations that protect and repair cells. Cells start to behave young again and manufacture optimal levels of collagen and elastin leading to younger more youthful looking skin.
Hyaluronic acid not only absorbs water, it prevents it from escaping, resulting in long-lasting plumper, smoother skin. Hydrated skin is healthy skin and creams containing hyaluronic acid actively help the skin to repair. Fine lines are reduced in appearance, sallowness is prevented and a healthy glow is achieved.
These naturally-occurring amino acids are essential for the production of collagen, the supply of which dwindles as we age, leading to finer, less plump skin. Scientifically engineered peptides are now used in many anti-aging creams to boost collagen production and regenerate skin cells. Copper peptides are the most common form of peptide to be used in anti-aging formulations as they are favored for their ability to increase skin elasticity and firmness.