While many believe that Vitamin A or Retinols and Retinoids are the only skincare ingredients for anti-aging, there are many other skincare ingredients that are just as helpful and potent. And for many who are not yet ready in diving into using Vitamin A, we at Today’s Skin have listed 6 skincare ingredients in helping you halt the look of aging.
- Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) and other Vitamin C derivatives
Many of us correlate Vitamin C with brightening and getting rid of stubborn acne scars. While this is true, Vitamin C or L-Ascorbic Cid is one of the most potent antioxidants effective fight against premature signs of aging. Vitamin C can protect and strengthen skin like no other and as an antioxidant ingredient, it provides protection and helps shield the skin from free radical damage caused by environmental aggressors, while increasing protection against sun damage. To top that, Vitamin C boosts collagen and elastin to keep skin firm and youthful.
- Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)
Vitamin B3 or Niacinamide’s main benefits include visibly reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and the appearance of pores. It also boosts collagen production by an added 54%. To add to that, it can also soothe, reduce the appearance of scars, enhance skin’s hydration, and controls oiliness too. While Niacinamide was initially thought to brighten skin, it has multi-benefits in making skin look young and youthful because it retains moisture and improves microcirculation in the skin that is very important to stop skin aging.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid, and Lactic Acid)
While it is true that AHAs are meant to resurface skin – made especially for textured and problematic skin, this is actually a skincare ingredient good for anti-aging as well. As it sloughs away the topmost layers of the skin, it renews skin and provides a youthful glow. You get the best of both worlds with this since this targets two – your acne and aging, as well!
- Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid)
Just like AHAs, BHA is an exfoliating skincare ingredient that does the trick for anti-aging. In fact, this seeps through deeper which makes exfoliation deeper too! True, this targets blackheads and congested pores, this sloughs away dead skin cells in the deepest layers of skin. In just a couple of months, see a difference on the overall texture of your skin and its noticeable youthful appearance.
- Phenol (Resveratrol)
Resveratrol, a type of natural phenol, is a potent antioxidant found in red grapes, red wine, nuts, and fruits. While this is relatively new in the skincare market, this is an antioxidant great for the skin. This protects skin’s surface from the harsh and negative environmental aggressors. This also helps tired-looking complexion appear brighter and lessen skin’s redness.
- Hyaluronic Acid
Note that Hyaluronic Acid is not an acid. It is a component present in our bodies that act as cushion and lubrication for our joints, skin, nerves, hair, and eyes. Particularly on our skin, our ability to produce hyaluronic acid is very much present. When we are young, skin’s water balance and retention. However, as we age it declines. Thus, it results to loss of firmness, pliability, and a diminished appearance of plumpness and suppleness. With the use of a topical hyaluronic acid, it helps skin slow down the decline. And this skincare ingredient is the gentlest that can hydrate and keep skin soft and supple.