What to Consider When Buying Anti-Aging Facial Creams

Woman applying anti-aging creamUnfortunately, to our knowledge, the fountain of youth does not exist. But thankfully there are many creams and moisturizers out there that can help slow down the process of aging and keep your skin looking refreshed and young.

But with so many of these facial anti-aging creams on the market all claiming to be miracles in a bottle, how do you differentiate between the ones that are really going to help you, and your specific skin type, improve?

At the very least, you’ll want to consider these factors when buying anti-aging facial cream.

Ingredients

The ingredients that make up an anti-aging cream are going to determine whether that concoction is really going to help maintain a youthful appearance or if it’s just a basic cream in a pretty bottle. Main ingredients to look for when choosing an anti-aging cream include:

  • Retinol: A derivative of Vitamin A, Retinol is a milder version of retinoids and is the most effective anti-aging agent out there. The best known retinoid is prescription Retin-A.  Retinol is not as powerful as Retin-A, but it is available without a prescription and is a great place to start.  While results are not immediate, retinol is proven to minimize wrinkles and smooth fine lines. Retinol is extremely potent and should be applied in tandem with a moisturizer and sunscreen.  When you are ready to advance to Retin-A, see your dermatologist.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: While the name sounds harsh and foreign, hyaluronic acid is the base of modern-day fillers and works to boost collagen in the skin.  It is an excellent for hydration.
  • Niacinamide: Dark spots, acne scars and sun damage can be lightened with niacinamide, a derivative of vitamin B3.

Sunscreen

Ask any dermatologist and you will learn that the best way to prevent aging skin is to avoid exposure to the sun. While obtaining a tan may help you feel better about yourself aesthetically, sun damage, and possible skin cancer, far outweighs the pros of tan skin. No matter the weather, apply sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 and broad spectrum to keep your skin looking healthy and glowing.  Zinc based sunscreens block all rays of light, including visible and infrared, which have been shown to contribute to aging in recent years.

Moisturizer

Dermatologists everywhere agree that moisturizer is a requirement for your skin to keep its elasticity and healthy glow. Skin that is left without daily moisture will quickly begin to look dull and dry. Find a moisturizer that specifically tailors to your needs and skin type to get the most out of it.  The best moisturizer for you is the one that feels best.

Hypoallergenic & Non-Comedogenic

Yes, these are big and scary words but they are life savers in terms of keeping your skin healthy. Hypoallergenic products are far less likely to cause allergic reactions and non-comedogenic products are designed for those who may be acne prone. These two qualities will serve your skin very well.

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