By: Marlene Affeld ~
Worldwide, both men and women users of skin care creams, gels, serums, and lotions seek to present a youthful appearance, banish blemishes, avoid sun damage and heal dry and irritated skin.
DrugStoreNews.com reports, “American women are most likely to use anti-aging face creams. While the desire to find the fountain of youth is a global concern, recent Mintel research found that American women lead the way in anti-aging facial skin care usage when compared with their counterparts in Germany, France, and the U.K., while the West (United States, U.K. and France) launched the most anti-aging skin care products between 2009 and 2011 in comparison with Japan and China.
Thirty-seven percent of U.S. women have used anti-aging creams and serums for the face, compared with 23% of U.K. women, 24% of the female population in France, 25% of women in Germany and 26% of women in Spain, according to Mintel.”
Although they may not be sure just why natural ingredients are so important, most people wish to avoid putting toxic chemicals on their skin. Fact is, growing concerns about chemical exposure are justified. Many of the chemicals found in cheap skin care products can cause significant health care issues, including cancer. Sodium laureth sulfate, parabens and phthalates have been scientifically proven to cause a host of serious health problems.
Everything that you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. If you don’t want to expose yourself to their inherent risks, do not put apply them your skin.
If you are on a quest to salvage your skin and look as youthful as possible, stop inflicting continual damage on your skin. If you are a smoker, stop. I know it is hard to quit, but you are worth it.
With proper anti-aging skin care products and good nutrition, you shave years off your age.
When looking for the best anti-aging facial cream, try to find products with organic and healthy ingredients that contain essential antioxidants and a winning combination of vitamins A, C, D, and E.
Avoid creams with toxic, synthetic chemicals and preservatives that can irritate or damage your delicate skin. Also avoid products with exorbitant claims that promise extraordinary wrinkle reversal results in a short amount of time. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
Innovative anti-aging research gives life to new products every day. Before you choose an anti-aging product, you need to know what the various ingredients can do and choose your skin care products based on those results.
Before your spend money on products that promise much and deliver little, talk to your dermatologist or healthcare provider to determine your unique skincare challenges and the product ingredients that will best address your skincare issues.
Vitamin E, an important ingredient in many anti-aging skin care products, is normally found in the sun. However, exposure to sunlight depletes this valuable antioxidant. Topical application of vitamin E has been shown in medical research studies to offer powerful antioxidant protection for mature, aging skin. Many skin specialist recommend the topical application of vitamin E, also known as “tocopherol” for reducing sun-induced skin sagging, wrinkles, fine lines as well as puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.
Dermatologists advise that products containing retinol, including cleansers, face creams, foundations, sunscreens and lipsticks should not be used during the day. Doctors also note that products containing Retinol should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Ibedonone, a powerful antioxidant, protects skin from damage caused by excess sun exposure and environmental pollutants while helping skin stay hydrated. Recently published studies conducted by David McDaniel, M.D. of the Eastern Virginia College of Medicine examined the protective capacity of a diverse array of topically applied antioxidants including idebenone, kinetin, alpha-lipoic acid and vitamins C and E.
Ibedone, a micronutrient closely related to CoQ10, another potent natural alley in the war against cell damage, was found in the study to be the clearly most effective topically applied ingredient.
However dermatologists caution that many women cannot tolerate idebenone products. “It can cause redness and irritation in some women that makes it difficult to use,” says Katz, director of Juva Skin and Laser Center in New York City. Dr. Katz advises women with sensitive skin to check with a dermatologist prior to trying products containing idebenone.
Furfuryladenine, one of the most successful anti-aging skin care product ingredients in the anti-aging arsenal is found in green leafy plants. Known by the trade names of Kenetin or Kinerase, it is a powerful plant-derived analog found in many anti-aging skin care products that assists skin cell division, helps skin to retain vital moisture, reduces signs of aging, helps reduce surface capillaries and improves sun damage.
Considered by many dermatologist and skin care experts as a non-irritating alternative to Retin A (tretinoin), Kenatin is used to treat delicate skin under the eyes and has shown potential to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea.
Glycolic Acid is another powerful natural anti-aging ingredient found in many skin care formulations. In a raw state, glycolic is an odorless powder composed of colorless crystals. Extracted from pineapple, beets, and sugar cane, glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxyl acid or AHA.
Glycolic Acid gained popularity in the 1970s when it was effectively used to treat the symptoms of psoriasis. In the1990s, after decades of testing, the United Stated Food and Drug Administration approved AHA’s for use in commercially produced skin care products. Today, more that 200 U.S. companies manufacture skin care products that include glycolic acid as an integral ingredient.
An effective skin exfoliator, glycolic acid, used at strengths of 20 to 70 percent, is used in treatments to remove the epidermis or outer layer of the skin to treat skin discolorations, scarring and signs of aging. Another benefit of glycolic acid is that it contains a hydroscopic molecule that attracts moisture from the air and can transfer that moisture to the skin.