Urban Decay, L’Oreal Paris, and OPI have celebrities, like Gwen Stefani, having fun with makeup or face treatments all over their beauty campaigns. When women see the celebrities they admire on these campaigns they are influenced by them, especially if they are in the same age group. And wanting to look like them, these women tend to be inspired to buy the makeup and face treatments without even looking at the labels or the ingredients that are in the cosmetic products they purchase.
Most anti-ageing face creams only state that their face creams “reduce the fine lines” or “reduce the appearance of wrinkles”. None of them promise that their creams will eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. This is because all that face creams do is hydrate your skin which gives the appearance of a visible reduction of lines and wrinkles. However, this is only a temporary solution, which means that your lines and wrinkles will appear less but only for a short period of time.
There are, however, face creams that do contain ingredients like retinol or peptides that are anti-ageing. These anti-ageing ingredients do promise a long-term affect of minimizing the signs of ageing, like wrinkles and fine lines.
Good Housekeeping, an American magazine, has an article that states that our skin needs moisture. Since our skin absorbs water like a sponge anytime we add moisture to it our skin absorbs it, hydrating it, and making it softer, instead of it being rough without any water. Therefore, applying moisturizers and face creams improves the skin the quickest way there is.
The main anti-ageing ingredients
When you’re purchasing face creams and treatments, it’s best to not only know what ingredients are in the face creams, but also knowing what each ingredient is and what each of them do to your skin. This gives you the knowledge to purchase the products that have the best ingredients to suit your skin.
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and is one of the most used ingredients in anti-ageing face creams and cosmetics. It is scientifically proven and has become one of the most popular and powerful anti-ageing ingredients there is. Retinol works on skin cells that can stimulate the production of new collagen. It is also a critical ingredient in maintaining youthful, healthy and firmer skin. Retinol has an extremely small molecular structure that penetrates the skin, smoothing wrinkles and lines, improving the elasticity of the skin, increasing moisture, and renewing skin cells. This leaves the skin smooth and glowing, and greatly minimizes and reduces any marks or damage that is done to the skin from ageing and the environment. The use of retinol products can make your skin sensitive to the sun, so make sure to use it at night or with a good sunscreen during the day. Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream 1oz is one of the best over the counter and drugstore Retinol products reducing wrinkles.
AHA and BHA
Alpha Hydroxy Acids are acids naturally derived from fruits. The most common alpha hydroxy acid is glycolic acid (like the Glycolic Exfoliating Cleanser by FaceThory). This acid is often used in skin care products, moisturizing the skin and stimulating the growth of collagen which becomes depleted with age. This is especially good for normal to dry skin that has scars or sun damage. BHA (or Beta Hydroxy Acid) more commonly known as salicylic acid, is a derivative of Aspirin, that works as an exfoliant that purifies and cleans skin pores, as well as fighting acne redness and removing excess oil built up in the pores.
Vitamin C is a very crucial vitamin and is key to boosting collagen which reduces wrinkles. Vitamin C helps repair skin, clearing up blemishes and scars. It also promotes collagen formation and helps maintain firm and youthful skin. Since it helps strengthen the skin from the damage of sun exposure it is better to use it before the summer begins.
As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E is used in various cosmetics such as shampoos and creams. It helps reduce free radical damage, slowing the ageing process of your cells. It also acts as a lubricant increasing elasticity and firmness. Vitamin E is especially good for mature and dry skin, like Biotherm’s Aquasource.
As the most powerful antioxidant from plants, Resveratrol has been known for many years, but only recently has it been used in cosmetics. It slows down ageing, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by activating the sirtuins. Caudalie is one of the brands that has been studied and patented with exclusive ingredients of Resveratrol that is found in the Resveratrol Life collection.
Also known as quinol, is a skin lightener used in many whitening creams. It reduces the production of melanin in the skin, treating hyperpigmentation, and other skin discoloration issues. Recommended dose is approximately 4%, but used mainly at night or during the day with sunscreen. Products containing these ingredients that haven’t been prescribed by a doctor are banned in the UK, as they can cause serious side effects if used incorrectly. However, products such as Cliniques ‘Like Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector‘ also target dark spots and pigmentation.
Waxy lipid molecules that hold skin cells together and form a protective layer plumping the skin and retaining moisture giving it a younger, healthy glow. Ceramide supplements, approved in the year 2000, work best on sun damaged or sensitive skin. One of the cosmetic products is ‘Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Advanced/Extreme Time Complex 120 Capsules‘.
Is very popular for wrinkles and with filler injections. It has powerful anti-ageing properties with hydrating ingredients to maintain youthful and firmer skin. It is used in anti-ageing cosmetics such as “PurOrganica Hyaluronic Acid Serum For Face, Neck and Decollete” with highly concentrated Hyaluronic Acid.
Is an excellent moisturizing agent and is a very powerful antioxidant that helps restore the outer layers of the skin from damage and ageing by forming an oily layer to protect it from the environment. An anti-ageing cosmetic product ‘Sisley’s Sisleya Integral Anti-Age’ contains this very powerful ingredient.
A compound of short chains of amino acids that increase skin proteins, like collagen, and used in younger skin creams for slowing down ageing by building a moisturizing layer on the skin. However, it is found mostly in mature skin cosmetics. They work best with serums or creams, like ‘Esthederms Youth Cream Face and Neck’.