Americans spend billions of dollars a year on anti-aging products, that is, creams, lotions, and serums that allege to make your skin look younger. They all promise more or less the same things: to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines, promote healthier-looking skin, and generally slow your skin’s actual aging.
The fact is that, in most cases, these products do exactly what they claim. Creams and serums can really reduce signs of wrinkling in your skin, but there are certain aspects of these products you should keep in mind before you go off buying every last bottle of secret skin potion you can find. Prior to spending any money at all, you should know what you are getting into. That means you should be somewhat educated on the active ingredients these products have--if you want something that works effectively.
Stephen Paul Bracci, MD with Verve Laser explained to us that "The basic topical anti aging skin care products - such as moisturizer creams, retinols and peptides -- can improve skin quality and reduce wrinkles. The main functions of these topicals is to keep the skin hydrated, promote skin turnover , and increase collagen production."
What to Keep in Mind about Anti-Aging Products
Anti-aging products are not hoaxes or rip-offs; they definitely work. However, it still pays to be smart about what kind you buy and how you use them.
1. Active Ingredients Matter
Let’s get scientific for a minute. When you are looking to buy anti-aging products, you may find that you look only at the claims made on the front of the jar or bottle. You know the kind, the ones akin to: “Reduce the signs of aging by 25%!” Such statements are primarily just marketing lines, but that is not to say they do not hold some truth.
To get at the reality of things, though, what you need to do is look at the active ingredients on the back of the package. You may not be a scientist on the level of Norman Osborn, but you can be informed about what active ingredients are in that cream or serum. Those ingredients matter! They determine what effect the product will have on your skin.
For instance, you may see peptides as an active ingredient in your anti-wrinkle cream. A peptide is a protein that helps the skin to heal old cells and create new ones. Peptides are believed to help thinning, aging skin to retain the healthier-looking elasticity of its youth. However, the science on peptides doing this is not 100% verified. At the most, we can say with some confidence that peptides work well in skin moisturizers, but as far as being able to get deep enough in the skin to reverse wrinkling, it is unclear.
Another anti-aging product ingredient, albeit one with more scientific fact behind it, is retinol. This is a form of vitamin A that can be said more assuredly to help reduce wrinkles by promoting the creation of collagen, which aids the skin in maintaining the aforementioned elasticity.
When speaking of active ingredients in anti-aging products, what it comes down to is: they are not all created equal. Read up on this topic a bit more before you buy your next anti-aging lotion, and you might be better off.
2. Remember Antioxidants
Another vital aspect of any anti-aging product worth its salt is antioxidants. You know antioxidants, don’t you? Sure you do. They are those super-substances you find in healthy foods that help the body to stop producing the free radicals that damage your cells and can lead to heart disease and cancer. Yikes, given that reality, can we all agree to load up on antioxidants faithfully every single day from now on?
If antioxidants are superheroes when it comes to fighting those kinds of diseases, imagine what they can do for aging skin! The antioxidants in anti-aging products such as a vitamin C cleanser work themselves into the skin and stand guard for any signs of oxidation caused by UV radiation or general aging. When free radicals threaten to start wrinkling the skin, the antioxidants spring into action and stop them in their tracks.
You can get antioxidant-infused anti-aging products in the form of green tea extracts, vitamins C or E, or various other substances.
3. Stay Consistent
Of course, none of the above advice matters at all if you aren’t going to stick to a regimen when using your brand new anti-aging skin-care kit. As with anything, success will not come to you overnight, and you shouldn’t expect it to. Reducing the signs of aging in your skin using anti-aging skin products takes time, and you must be consistent in your use of creams and lotions. Only by sticking to a schedule can you make these products truly work for you.
You will likely still see your wrinkles on day 2 and day 4 and for the next little while. But, eventually, if you go forward intrepidly, knowing the result that lies in wait for you, your products can achieve their purposes.
Natural Skin-Care Products from Radha Beauty
So, with all of that said, what is the benefit of products such as Radha Beauty’s hyaluronic acid serum or vitamin C serum or cleanser? Hyaluronic acid is basically all about moisture. Apply it to your face and it will start attracting moisture right out of the air. It will heal skin that has been damaged over time by environmental factors. The moisture will gradually smooth over the lines in your skin and ultimately help it to hold onto more moisture in the future.
Meanwhile, vitamin C is an antioxidant of the kind we spoke about earlier. When applied to the skin, it boosts collagen production, reduces inflammation, and helps to repair skin that has already been damaged by aging and the environment. These products are natural and have been shown to work over and over.
Contact Radha Beauty with any questions about our hyaluronic acid, vitamin C serum, or other anti-aging products!