There are so many anti-aging ingredients available in skincare today that it becomes difficult to know which ones really work and what exactly these ingredients do to your skin. Three incredible anti-aging products are retinol, resveratrol and peptides. If you’ve heard these words but wondered what they actually meant to your skin in terms of aging, wonder no more. These three powerful anti-aging ingredients aren’t just fads, they have been proven to work by scientific research. Find out more about three of the best anti-aging ingredients below.
One of our very favorite anti-aging ingredients ever, resveratrol is an incredibly potent antioxidant. Resveratrol is found in berries such as blueberries and blackberries and some nuts like peanuts, but the highest concentration of resveratrol is found in the skins of grape. As it relates to skincare, resveratrol is highly effective at protecting your cells against oxidative damage. Free radicals that are produced by exposure to oxygen and sunlight damage collagen and activates enzymes that break down elastin and collagen, but resveratrol is able to combat free radical damage. Additionally, resveratrol is an anti-inflammatory and a small study published in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, indicated that resveratrol may also be useful in the treatment of acne and acne scarring.
Dubbed the King (or Queen) of anti-aging, retinol is a true skincare superstar that can solve a wide variety of skin issues from aging to acne. Retinol is the entire vitamin A molecule and retinoids are all derivatives of vitamin A. Retinol and retinoids have anti-aging benefits in skincare products because they prompt skin cells on the surface of your skin to turnover and die more rapidly. In doing this, retinol makes way for new cell growth underneath, which will reveal newer and healthier skin. Retinol also prevents the breakdown of collagen and make deeper layers of your skin, where wrinkles begin, thicker which slows the appearance of wrinkles. Additionally, retinol can help reduce dark spots caused by sun damage by gently exfoliating the skin and preventing the production of melanin which is responsible for skin pigmentation. Retinol is not only an anti-aging superstar, but it also is widely used to treat acne.
Collagen loss is one of the most troublesome areas when it comes to aging and your skin and peptides can help to fight this issue. Peptides are chains of amino acids that serve as the building of protein in the skin, such as collagen. Collagen is responsible for skin thickness and suppleness, but your production naturally slows down as you age. When peptides form a short chain of amino acids, they can send signals to your skin cells that tell them how they should be behaving. Applied topically, peptides send signals to your cells that indicates it’s time to begin the formation of new collagen. As new collagen forms, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is diminished.
Anti-aging ingredients can be very powerful on their own, but most work better when combined with other ingredients as well. Now that you know what these amazing anti-aging ingredients do, you can look for products that contain them with confidence that they are going to perform well for your needs.