Check Anti-Aging Cream for These 4 Key Ingredients

Can skin creams really prevent your skin from aging? Of course not. Skin aging is inevitable, but taking care of your skin and using creams with antioxidants can slow down the aging process and improve the feel and appearance of it.

Look for Creams with These Antioxidants

Antioxidants work to neutralize the harmful effects of free-radicals, molecules your body produces that interfere with healthy cell reproduction. In creams, antioxidants can: improve cell function, increase collagen production, improve elasticity, create healthier, younger skin cells, and reduce sun damage.

Anti-aging skin creams can range in price. Whether you buy an economical product or a higher-end one, make sure it contains antioxidants. Over-the-counter products can vary in quality and quantity of key ingredients, so it’s worth looking into medical-grade products.

Here’s a list of four tried-and-true anti-aging ingredients that you should look for in your creams:

  1. Vitamin A (retinol): Prevents damage, restores, normalizes and helps repair skin – including age spots caused by sun exposure. It also makes skin firmer and smoother
  2. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid): Produces collagen, diminishes wrinkles, dullness, and brown spots. Breaks down when exposed to light and air
  3. Vitamin E (tocopherol): Speeds skin cell regeneration and healing, adds moisture, protects the skin against sun damage and skin cancer, and may reverse some discoloration and wrinkles associated with aging
  4. CoQ10: Helps to reduce UV damage and stimulate collagen production, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles

A Few Words on General Skin Care

A good skin care routine includes washing with a gentle cleanser and moisturizing with the appropriate moisturizer for your skin type.

Skin that has been exposed to UV light is damaged skin. Avoid the sun and tanning beds. The sun speeds up the breakdown of collagen (a connective tissue that keeps the skin firm and elastic) and over time can cause your skin to be dry, sallow (yellowish) and have wrinkles with deep lines.

While this article is about what to look for in topical skin care products, remember the most important things you can do for your skin:

  • Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen daily (SPF of 30-50) to face, neck, hands and arms – and other body parts when they are exposed
  • Stop smoking. Even more than the sun, smoking ages skin, making it droop, wrinkle, become dry and coarse. It can contribute to those tiny red broken blood vessels and can make the skin color orange or gray
  • Eat whole, nutritious food (especially foods with antioxidants like these)
  • Get enough exercise and sleep
  • Drink plenty of fluids

A Final Note on Your Skin

Skin is the largest organ in your body. Not just aging but disease can show up there. So make sure you are paying attention to changes in your skin, especially growths, lesions, and suspicious areas. While your main concern about your skin might be cosmetic, it’s a good idea to check it regularly (or have your primary care doctor or dermatologist check it) for things that don’t look right.

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The information presented in this site is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own physician. Contact your physician if you believe you have a health problem.

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