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Best Anti-Aging Skincare Ingredients

Best Anti-Aging Skincare Ingredients

Best Anti-Aging Skincare Ingredients

For Wrinkles: Retinol, Vitamin C

If you have fine lines, retinoids (which come from vitamin A) like retinol may make your skin smoother because they help your skin make more collagen. It’s easier on your skin than the prescription-strength version, tretinoin (Retin-A), which can dry your skin. Products with vitamin C may help take away fine lines, as well as help lessen the damage the sun does to your skin. That could help keep wrinkles away.

For Sagging Skin: Peptides, Ceramides

Treatments with topical growth factors or peptides could help firm sagging skin. Peptides are groups of amino acids that help make proteins, including collagen. That's the main protein found in your skin. 

Daily moisturizer with ceramides -- fats found in the layers of your skin that you lose as you age -- are an option, too -- and they're usually cheaper..

For Age Spots: Hydroquinone, Retinoids, Vitamin C, Kojic Acid

Hydroquinone, an over-the-counter drug that can bleach your skin, may fade dark spots. Retinoids may make your skin tone more even. One study says vitamin C helps  fade age spots when you use it for 12 weeks. Kojic acid -- a chemical that's often used as an skin-whitening ingredient in products -- can do it, too.

When you use any of these, make sure to wear sunscreen. Your dark spots may come back if your skin gets too much sunlight.

For Uneven Skin Tone: AHAs, Retinoids

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) remove dead skin cells. This could help to reveal new ones with a more even tone. Retinoids can do the same thing. Both can irritate your skin, so use them with caution if yours is dry or sensitive.

For Dull Skin: AHAs, Retinoids

If you smoke or if your skin is dry, you’re more likely to have dull skin. A moisturizer may make it look fuller and firmer. Alpha hydroxy acids and retinoids (like retinol) could brighten your skin when they remove dead skin cells.

When Should I Put These On?

There are products, including vitamin C, should be applied in the morning. Others, like retinol, should go on at night, because sunlight might stop it from working. Put moisturizer on every day if you have dry skin or if you want it to look more youthful. A good moisturizer will help to plump your skin.

How Should I Apply Them?

If you use more than one anti-aging skin product, put the one with an active ingredient on first so that your skin absorbs it better. For example, in the morning, put a vitamin C product on first, sunscreen next, and makeup last. At bedtime, apply retinol first and moisturizer after that.



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