Anti-aging creams have been on the market since the dawn of time. Modern creams focus on removing dead layers of skin cells and moisturizing the skin to give the appearance of young skin. Here are some commonly used agents in modern skin creams:
Commonly Used Anti Aging Components
There are a handful of common ingredients that are used commonly to result in improvement in the appearance of wrinkles and lines in the skin.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a pretty potent antioxidant, which means on the chemical level it is thought to protect the skin from “free radicals”. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that can break down body cells, including skin cells, and lead to lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is a decent exfoliating agent and can reduce fine lines for that reason, as well. If you are using a product that contains Vitamin C, you need to keep it protected from sunlight, or it will rapidly break down.
Retinoids is another name for vitamin A compounds, most often retinol and retinoic acid. These two ingredients have been used in topical skin treatments for a long time, and they work to help repair sun-damaged skin. Their ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles is notable, so they are widely used.
Peptides are short strings of amino acids that occur naturally in living organisms. Certain peptides have the ability to stimulate the production of collagen, and so they can improve skin texture and reduce wrinkling.
Compounds in green, black, and oolong tea contain antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea extracts are the most popular in skin creams.
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are naturally occurring, and include glycolic, citric, and lactic acid. These remove dry, dead skin cells, and that ability to exfoliate is great for smoothing out skin and making it look younger. These also have a particularly good ability to prepare the skin to accept other moisturizers, so their effects are multi-faceted, and sometimes long lasting. Second-generation beta hydroxy acids and polyhydroxy acids are newer but show the same kind of properties.
Coenzyme Q10 is naturally found in the human body, and in a lot of foods. It may be able to help reduce lines and wrinkles around the eyes, as well as protect skin from the radioactive effects of sun damage.
Grape seed extract
Another antioxidant, grape seed extract is an anti-inflammatory that can stimulate collagen production.
Niacinamide is another potent, naturally occurring antioxidant that is chemically related to niacin (Vitamin B-3). It helps prevent loss of moisture in the skin and may possibly improve elasticity in skin tissues.
Moisturizing Skin Cells
Most anti aging creams focus mainly on moisturizing dehydrated skin cells. The immediate effects of moisturizing skin alone can cause improvement in the appearance of wrinkles, discoloration, or minor dry patches. It plumps up the tissues temporarily, making the appearance of lines and wrinkles less.. Moisturizers are usually made of water, oils, and other active ingredients that can improve the appearance of skin. Other common ingredients are waxes, proteins, glycerin, urea, and lactate.
Very Effective For Aging Skin
Using a skin cream, especially one with sunblock, is a great way to keep skin looking younger. By blocking UV rays and other environmental pollutants with a good skin cream, the skin stays looking younger longer than without and can help prevent skin cancer. The industry that makes these creams is lucrative and has made amazingly effective creams that have to compete with an increasingly popular market of injectable anti-wrinkle treatments.