Anti-aging products have always been trendy in the skincare industry for countless years. Perhaps that’s why companies always try to advertise their anti-aging line in hopes of getting more buzz and attention, which, for some brands, worked.
Countless anti-aging ingredients have come and gone over the years, but quite rarely do you see an anti-aging ingredient that stays relevant for a decade. This goes to show that skincare trends are often exaggerated and the sooner people realize that, the sooner these trends die out. In short, it’s a matter of whether it’s a hit or miss, and unfortunately, it’s mostly a miss, but that’s not to say there aren’t any hits.
Due to the nature of the skincare industry, it’s difficult to know which claim is true or not, and you’re probably reading this without much hope. However, you can rest assured that certain anti-aging products have shown their effects to be mostly true, hence this guide. Below are six powerful anti-aging skincare ingredients you need to know.
The application of ceramides to the skin is a practice that has been around for many years. For starters, ceramides are lipids or organic compounds that can build barriers in the outermost layer of your skin. These barriers have one purpose—to prevent liquids and other particles from passing through the skin, which includes moisture. By locking in the moisture into your skin, the possibility of drying out is greatly reduced. It also works by providing your skin with extra protection.
One way to increase your skin’s ceramide levels is to apply ceramide products directly into your skin. Furthermore, ceramides also exist in all kinds of foods, such as soy, eggs, dairy, and wheat, so another way to increase ceramide levels is to simply eat these foods. One can say that ceramides are one of the best natural cosmetic ingredients.
If you’ve been looking into anti-aging lately, you’ve probably encountered collagen as the main ingredient in many beauty and skincare products. After all, collagen is the main component that promotes youthful skin.
As such, using collagen can improve your skin by reducing dryness and wrinkles. Take note, however, that unlike ceramides, no food can increase your collagen levels directly, so you can only increase your collagen levels by taking collagen supplements or skincare products. There are, however, other ingredients that can improve its production, such as retinol.
As previously said, retinol is a form of vitamin A that promotes collagen production. Unfortunately, while retinol is a form of vitamin A, consuming foods that contain vitamin A will convert it to its active form, which isn’t retinol. Hence, the only way to increase your retinol levels is to use the appropriate product. On the bright side, retinol skincare products are basically everywhere, whether it be on over-the-counter drugstores or beauty shops.
4. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is yet another ingredient that plays a significant role in collagen production, specifically, in the process of collagen synthesis. In other words, your skin can’t produce collagen without vitamin C, and the lack of collagen will lead to numerous health risks such as joint pain, weakened muscles, but most importantly, flaky skin. Thankfully, there are numerous foods that are high in vitamin C such as citrus fruits, potatoes, strawberries, etc.
5. Glycolic Acid
It may not be as popular as vitamin C or collagen, but glycolic acid is an equally important component of youthful skin. To begin with, glycolic acid is one of the two main types of alpha-hydroxy-acids or AHA—a group of acids that promote firmness of the skin. Glycolic acid works by separating older skin to reveal newer skin. Hence, by applying glycolic acid and wiping off your skin, you can eliminate old cells and reveal the youthful skin underneath. Foods that contain glycolic acid include sugarcane, apples, and citrus fruits.
6. Titanium Dioxide
If there’s one skincare product that stays relevant for generations, it would be sunscreen, and one of the main ingredients of sunscreen is titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide is responsible for blocking ultraviolet rays, which can accelerate skin aging. You can get titanium dioxide naturally by consuming candies, chocolates, pastries, and coffee, although sunscreens generally provide a sufficient amount.
Although there have been countless products that were utter failures when it comes to anti-aging, remember that you’re only at the tip of the iceberg. There are numerous other ingredients out there that the skincare industry has yet to discover, and hopefully, they will be far better than what the industry already has at present.