Anti-aging products such as creams and lotions line the shelves in most drug stores and many beauty stores alike. They’ve become somewhat of a craze, with people taking stock in their beauty and skin care regimes now more than ever before. With so many products which lay claim to the fountain of youth, there is really not enough evidence to state for absolute certain that the products actually work. While some products fare better than others in scientific testing, others don’t uphold their claims so well. Many of the essential ingredients found within these products, however, are used in different dilutions, which could in part play a large role in the overall outcome of a product and its outcome. Anti-Aging products have become a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide. It’s apparent that people everywhere want to regain their youthful appearance, and that looking their very best is extremely important to them. Vine Vera wants to take a look at the various components that make up anti-aging, what they do, and how and why they are utilized within anti-aging products. Ingredients Typically Found in Anti-Aging Products Although there are many different ingredients which are used in anti-aging skin care lines, there are a select few that stand out more than others. Some of those ingredients include:
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHA’s – Alpha Hydroxy Acids, more commonly known as AHA’s, are generally derived from various fruits and also sugars found in milk, and are are all natural. You can normally find these ingredients in products meant for exfoliation purposes, such as facial peels, creams, and gels. They help slough off dead skin cells, and allow the second layer – which is the healthiest, freshest, newest layer of skin – to come to the surface, and enable a speeding process in terms of skin cell regeneration. Different AHA’s have different effects, and therefore are used in various ways. This type of ingredient is applied directly to the skin.
- Peptides –Peptides are miniscule proteins that are said to aid in alleviating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by ‘plumping up’ or ‘plumping out’ the areas in which these lines and wrinkles are located. They work by stimulating skin cell production and acting as a synthetic collagen/elastin complex, which as we age, is not produced near as much to maintain youthful skin. Due to the lack in collagen and elastin, the skin begins to sag and look thinner. Peptides can be found in many moisture creams and serums, and are applied topically to the skin.
- Antioxidants – Antioxidants are typically a group of vitamins that can be obtained through either eating them in foods, taking supplements, or using creams, serums, or gels infused with the ingredients and applied directly to the skin. Antioxidants work by fighting free radicals, which are harmful molecules which wreak havoc on the skin and body’s immune system causing illness and aging. Antioxidants work as an army of sorts, fighting off the bad guys and keeping things healthy within the body and skin. Some of the vitamins which contain antioxidant properties are vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lycopene and selenium. And there are many others as well. Vitamins C & E are the most widely used vitamins in the antioxidant properties list, due to their ability to work the best and provide the best results.
- Retinol – Retinol is one of the most commonly used ingredients in anti-aging products due to its ability to work by targeting the signs of aging within the skin and provide the best outcome for wrinkles, sagging skin, thinness of the skin, and by also boosting the thickness of the skin, leaving behind a more youthful, striking appearance. Retinol is a natural form of vitamin A, and is infused into many creams and serums. Applied topically to the skin, this component is usually applied at bedtime to give it time to work overnight and minimize the stinging or irritation this particular ingredient may cause to some people due to its potency. It is available by prescription only from a doctor’s office, and those who are pregnant should avoid using any form of Vitamin A due to the possibility of birth defects in their unborn child.
- Resveratrol – Resveratrol is one of the most fantastic of the group of ingredients Vine Vera has discussed thus far today. We love it so much, we have harnessed its power to use in our line of high quality products, and the results speak for themselves. Resveratrol is derived from the skin of wine grapes, usually the darkest types of grapes, and is used in skin care products to fight the signs of aging by fighting pre-mature and established signs of aging such as wrinkles, lines, crow’s feet, and thinning skin. There are various forms in which to obtain the benefits of resveratrol, such as drinking a glass of red wine, taking a supplement, or applying it topically to affected skin, however studies show that applying creams and moisturizers to the skin infused with resveratrol have shown the most benefits. Not only does topical application improve the skin at the targeted area, it also softens the skin, leaving behind silky skin that is revitalized and beautiful – restoring to you your youthful appearance.
These ingredients in which we have spoken about today are just a few of those used in anti-aging skin care lines, however, we believe them to be the best at actually doing what they claim to do. VineVera hopes you will take a moment to check out our product line, which is infused with the best in anti-aging at the greatest quality possible.