I think most of us are getting better with age in a lot of respects. Most of us are becoming more comfortable with who we are and what is most important in our lives. That being said, I don’t know anybody who is truly comfortable with aging. Luckily, for us, skin care is getting better.
Skin care is essential as we age not just for our overall health but for our self confidence and being more comfortable with our own aging.
A lot of people, men and women, want the most in anti-aging for a great value and they don’t want to use fillers, Botox or other means to get there. Skin care can be expensive, but there is affordable skin care for everyone. No matter what age, you are.
Although, this can be a challenge, because there is a lot of ingredients out there and even more advertising or even embellishing of their effectiveness in skin care. So, I thought, I would go through some proven ingredients (with studies to back them), that are highly effective and at a great price point for everyone.
Remember that not everything works for everyone, even in the studies, some things didn’t work for everyone that participated. However, proven ingredients, do have a higher percentage rate that they will work for you.
I have written about the importance of these amazing acids in several post. They are great for skin tightening, loosening dead skin cells, and bringing new fresh skin cells to the surface. They come in all sorts of formulations-peels, pads, toners and lotions.
Vitamin C for skin care
There was a study on the use of AHA/BHA along with vitamin C, E and B3. It showed improvement in just 21 days, in wrinkle depth (32%) and elasticity (15%). That is extremely impressive, so if you just use products with those ingredients you would be doing great things for your skin.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which means that it can neutralize the free radicals which can age the skin. It helps with brightening the skin from brown spots and other discoloration. Vitamin C also helps repair skin cells which is essential in skin care.
Ceramides help the skin protect against environmental aggressors like irritants, free radicals and pollution. Also, they help the skin with moisture levels which is very important for aging skin care.
Peptides stimulate collagen in your skin. They are naturally occurring amino acids, which are building blocks of the protein collagen. There are several peptides and they all play a part in building or improving collagen in the skin.
There is also a very new study on peptides and micro-needling that had some extraordinary results on anti-aging skin care. I am very excited about trying it out on my skin.
Of course, we have all heard about Retinols and their impressive results in anti-aging and skin damage repair. RX and OTC products all work on improving the skin. They should be in your skin care routine.
Of course, there are other great acids, ingredients and skin care tools. They are all available at a variety of price ranges, so there is no excuse to not practice good skin care. It is also never too early or too late to start improving your overall skin health.