5 Gold-Standard Ingredients for Younger-Looking Skin

There’s certainly no shortage of anti-aging skincare products to choose from, but this can make it a challenge to find the right product for your needs. Moreover, not every anti-aging product is going to have the dramatic results you’re looking for, so many people end up trying product after product without seeing an improvement in their skin’s appearance. To help you choose an effective anti-aging product that can deliver the results you want, look for these five tried and true anti-aging ingredients for a radiant, youthful-looking complexion.

 

1. Retinoids

Retinoids work by accelerating the skin’s natural exfoliation process in order to shed old skin cells so they can be replaced by new ones.

Retinoids work by accelerating the skin’s natural exfoliation process in order to shed old skin cells so they can be replaced by new ones.

Retinoids are some of the most popular anti-aging ingredients, and for good reason. They are vitamin A derivatives that have been shown to help clear acne, reduce scarring and discoloration and improve the appearance of signs of aging. Retinoids work by accelerating the skin’s natural exfoliation process in order to shed old skin cells so they can be replaced by new ones. This family of ingredients may also be able to improve the appearance of photoaged skin, as well as nourish collagen (Clinical Interventions in Aging).

2. Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are anti-aging ingredients that, like retinoids, act as chemical exfoliators to help the skin replace older, flaking cells with new, fresh ones. AHAs are also excellent ingredients to help increase the efficacy of accompanying skincare ingredients, as well as improve the look and feel of dull, lackluster skin. In the skinbetter science AlphaRet™ formula, lactic acid, a type of AHA, is combined with a retinoid to help minimize or even eliminate the irritation that is characteristic of many anti-aging products that contain retinoids alone*. AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream FACE and AlphaRet™ Intensive Overnight Cream FACE also contain glycolic acid, another AHA, to help retexturize the skin’s appearance and increase the effectiveness of other gold-standard anti-aging ingredients.

3. Antioxidants

Our skin is almost constantly exposed to sources of oxidative stress, which can have a number of adverse effects on the look and feel of skin.

Our skin is almost constantly exposed to sources of oxidative stress, which can have a number of adverse effects on the look and feel of skin.

No matter your skin type or condition, using skincare ingredients that contain antioxidants can help to improve its appearance and protect against future signs of aging caused by environmental stressors. Our skin is almost constantly exposed to sources of oxidative stress, including the sun’s UV rays, air pollution, and cigarette smoke, which can have a number of adverse effects on the look and feel of skin (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences). Alto Defense Serum™ FACE features proprietary WEL® technology to deploy a combination of 19 powerful antioxidant ingredients, which have a synergistic effect to give your skin 360-degree support against free radicals.

4. Peptides

Amino acids are often called the “building blocks of life” because they are necessary components of every protein within our bodies. When small chains of amino acids join together, they form a peptide (Encyclopedia Britannica). Therefore, specific types of peptides can help to nourish important proteins in the skin to smooth away the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Other groups of peptides, called neuro-calming peptides, can have a nearly instant smoothing effect on the skin. You can find a cutting-edge blend of both messenger and neuro-calming peptides in Daily Treatment Cream FACE, a masterfully formulated anti-aging cream designed to defy time and give your skin a younger, more radiant look.

5. Broad-Spectrum SPF

Studies have shown that SPFs higher than 50 offer negligible added UV protection.

Studies have shown that SPFs higher than 50 offer negligible added UV protection.

The sun’s UV rays are the leading cause of visible signs of aging in the skin, and these effects can occur on any skin type or tone (Dermascope). Therefore, it’s very important that broad-spectrum SPF is part of everyone’s daily skincare routine to stay protected from not only premature signs of aging but also an increased risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancers. When choosing an SPF, make sure it offers broad-spectrum protection, and look for a product with between SPF 15 and SPF 50. Studies have shown that SPFs higher than 50 offer negligible added UV protection, yet may give wearers a false sense of security about the amount of sun protection their skin has (Skin Cancer Foundation). Sunscreen should be the last step in your skincare routine, right before you apply any makeup. As a general rule, you should apply your skincare products in order from lightest to heaviest.

 

*Individual results may vary.

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