Key Ingredients in Your Anti-Aging Products
What should you be looking for in your cosmeceutical/pharmaceutical products for anti-aging? Here’s a list.
*Remember over the counter products (anything you don’t need a professional license to buy) cannot penetrate into the dermal layer, so even if they have these ingredients, they aren’t strong enough to work–i.e. they are a WASTE of MONEY*
*Your skin may not require all of these ingredients. So please use the following as an aide! Ask your aesthetician what she/he recommends!*
Ingredients to Check For
Alpha Lipoic Acid – a powerful antioxidant that destroys free-radicals before they can destroy cells. Alpha Lipoic Acid also enhances the potency of Vitamin C and E. It occurs naturally in green, leafy vegetables.
Black Tea Kombuchka – Anti-oxidant, Kombuchka contains a fermented extract of a mushroom found in Eastern Europe and Russia. Kombuchka’s effect on the skin has been scientifically studied. Studies are proving that it will become recognized as one of the most powerful anti-aging ingredients. Kombuchka, which decreases the greenish-gray tone that develops as the skin ages. Restores the skin’s healthy, rosy glow. It also smoothes and “plumps” the skin, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Crithmum Maritimum Extract – Coastal Marine Fennel –Anti-Oxidant Free Radical Scavenger Increases the production of ceramides barrier function and restoration, promotes cell respiration
Emblica – Provides natural antioxidant skin protection against free radicals and cell protection against harmful damage through UV-radiation. Is also provides Ayurvedic natural care & protection.
Green Tea Extract – A powerful anti-oxidant due to its catechin content. It is also know to be an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and a stimulant. In clinical studies, green tea has demonstrated an ability to prevent or to at least postpone the onset of such illnesses as cancer and heart disease. This is attributed to the catechin component’s ability to penetrate into a cell, thereby protecting the cell from free radicals and associated damage. Because of its anti-oxidant properties, green tea is usually incorporated into anti-aging formulations. When applied topically, it can also reduce skin swelling. In addition, it can be found in sunscreens based on its ability to extend the products SPF.
Hyaluronic Acid – Holds 1000-times its weight in water, Hyaluronic Acid is a natural key component of the dermis. It effectively binds water to cells and is responsible for the elasticity and resiliency of the skin. (It is also a dermal filler that I have in my lips!–learn this ingredient well– there will be more posts on it!)
Palmitoyl Olgopepide- Matrixyl –Palmitoyl Oligopeptides (also known as palmitoyl pentapeptide Matrixyl , amino-peptide (five amino acids linked together and attached to a fatty acid) Clinical research confirms that palmitolyl oligopeptides, when added to a culture of fibroblasts (key skin cells), stimulates collagen, elastin an glucosaminoglycans production.
Retinol – (SUPER IMPORTANT INGREDIENT!!!) A retinoid considered a skin revitalizer, retinol is reported to enhance skin radiance and treat conditions associated with chronological aging such as wrinkles and fine lines, as well as dermatological disorders including, acne, follicular and lesion papules, actinic keratosis, oily skin, and rosacea. It is also considered necessary for normal epidermal cell growth and differentiation, for regulating collagen synthesis, and for maintaining a more youthful skin condition. A weaker retinoid than retinoic acid, retinol converts into retinoic acid once in the skin. When compared to retinoic acid, retinol has an increased penetration potential and is less irritating, making it an effective anti-aging ingredient. The anti-aging benefits of topically treating skin with retinal are believed to be based on its penetration ability, which allows it to reach the sites in the skin requiring treatment.
**Personally, I use a Retinol product twice a week. Retinol’s can be drying and cause redness, so go slow when adding this product to your skin regiment. If you are over 30, and not on a retinol product, please see an aesthetician ASAP!
Ubiquinone (Idebenone) – Potent antioxidant with effective anti-aging & anti-wrinkle properties, reinforces collagen & elastin production of connective tissue, potent moisturizer (liposomes penetrate into skin preventing water-loss).
Vitamin A – Can act as a keratinization regulator, helping to improve the skin’s texture, firmness and smoothness. Vitamin A esters, once in the skin, convert to retinoic acid and provide anti-aging benefits. Vitamin A is believed to be essential for the generation and function of skin cells. Continued vitamin A deficiency shows a degeneration of dermal tissue, and the skin becomes thick and dry. Surface application of vitamin A helps prevent skin dryness and flakiness, keeping skin healthy, clear, and infection resistant. Its skin regeneration properties appear to be enhanced when combined with vitamin E. Vitamin A is a major constituent of such oils as cod liver, and shark, and many fish and vegetable oils.
These definitions were given to me by an amazing aesthetician, Alexis Robertson, LME, of Image SkinCare. I’ve been using this product line for 2 years and I love it!
If anyone wants to add to this list of ingredients, please add comments!
I will be posting ingredient lists for acne, hydration, and skin discoloration in future blogs!