Skin care is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States. With creams promising to do just about everything your little heart desires, and many of these products come with a hefty price tag. So, just exactly what are some of the ingredients you should be looking for? Here are a few at the top of my list….
Alpha-hydroxy Acid – (AHAs) are a group of natural ingredients including, glycolic, lactic, citric and tartaric. AHAs work by exfoliating the skin, removing skin dead cells to minimize lines, scars, discoloration and sun damage. Because AHAs are such powerful skin care ingredients, high dosage AHAs are only available through skin care professionals. Low dosage AHAs can be found in over-the-counter skin care products. (Salicylic Acid works the same way as AHAs, but is gentler and less likely to cause irritation. Often used to treat acne.
Retinol – Retinol is a vitamin A derivative found in numerous anti-aging products and some acne products. Retinol penetrates deep into skin cells, increasing collagen production so that skin plumps up and wrinkles and fine lines disappear. Retinol can also significantly improve the way skin looks by evening out discolorations.
Hyaluronic Acid – Known as the super moisturizer, with the capability to hold up to 3000xs it’s weight in water. Softens the skin, has anti-wrinkle properties, promotes new skin cell growth, and supports wound healing.
Peptides – Peptides are molecules made up of two or more amino acids linked together by the same peptide bonds found in proteins. Peptides are listed in many better skin care products, and they perform important functions in the skin. These peptides helps the body to synthesize collagen, and add extra moisture to the skin so it will become much easier for the skin cells to rejuvenate and repair broken skin.
DMAE – Extends the life of skin cells, inhibits cross linking of proteins, and stimulates muscles in the face to tighten and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (dithiolane..) – A cream containing 5% alpha-lipoic acid to the face may reduce fine lines and roughness due to sun damage.
Vitamin C – Protects skin from oxidation, improves skin elasticity, promotes collagen production, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Vitamin B – Improves the appearance of aged and damaged skin, improves elasticity, stimulates collagen, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines.
Vitamin E – Rich in anti-oxidants, protects cellular structures against damage from free radicals, it also moisturizes from within.
Coenzyme Q10 – Vitamin like substance present in every cell of the body. It’s a free radical scavenger that, protects skin cells from oxidation, and assists, with the production of collagen. (found in DMAE)
Shea Butter – High in Vitamins A & E, and aids in healing sun damaged skin while repairing cellular degeneration. Treats aging skin, and helps retain the skin’s elasticity.