Anti-aging is a buzz word in the world of skincare, makeup, or even body care. But what does anti-aging actually mean? Let’s take a deeper look at the word and how skincare products work to fight the signs of aging.
Anti-aging simply means that the product is fighting signs of aging in the skin. As we get older and wiser, the external factors that our skin is exposed to on a daily basis change our skin. Our skin reacts in different ways to weather, pollution, and even lifestyle choices, so someone who lives in California in the sun and heat is going to age differently than someone who lives in Wisconsin in the snow and cold. Ready to learn more?
Wrinkles and Fine Lines
The first signs of aging that most people think of are wrinkles and fine lines. Wrinkles often appear in places where the skin moves often, such as around the mouth or eyes, on the forehead, neck, and hands.
Wrinkles appear when collagen and elastin break down in the skin. Collagen and elastin are proteins that help give skin cells structure and elasticity. They help keep the skin looking naturally youthful, plump, firm, and fresh.
While you can add to your body’s natural collagen with hyaluronic acid or dietary supplements, your body’s ability to create collagen naturally continues to decrease over time. Hyaluronic acid and moisture help to plump and firm the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Saggy Skin and Under Eye Bags
Due to the same collagen and elastin, the skin loses firmness and starts to sag. In addition, our muscles start to break down and weaken, letting the fat underneath droop.
Peptides, the essential amino acids that makes up collagen, can help boost your skin to look firmer and plumper. Applying a peptide or high-hydration moisturizer with a cool rollerball or jade roller can help smooth and alleviate undereye puffiness and sagging.
Hyperpigmentation and Sunspots
Hyperpigmentation occurs when there is extra pigmentation in the skin that causes sunspots and age spots. Causes vary, but sun exposure, melasma, and post-inflammation from acne scarring are all common. The skin can be injured in many ways, and as the skin heals, it creates extra pigmentation.
In addition to hyperpigmentation from sun exposure and injury, aging slows down a process called skin cell turnover. Your skin is constantly creating and replacing skin cells. As you age, this process slows down, going from about 28 days to up to 90 days. The longer it takes for the skin to replace the damaged skin and hyperpigmentation.
Retinol is known to help speed skin cell turnover and may be able to help diminish sunspots and hyperpigmentation. Prevention is key for hyperpigmentation. Applying sunscreen everyday to your skin will help prevent those sunspots from occurring in the first place.
Dry, itchy, flaky skin is a common but overlooked sign of aging. The skin’s moisture barrier protects the skin from pollution, sun exposure, and environmental aggressors. As we age, the barrier breaks down. Our oil glands produce less and less oils each year. Without that necessary moisture, the skin become dry and itchy. Using a hyaluronic acid serum can help alleviate some of that dryness by pulling water in through the skin. Using a good cleanser and exfoliator can help remove dry, dead skin cells.
As we’ve seen here, anti-aging products help fight signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, hyperpigmentation, and dryness. As we age, we’re exposed to sun, pollution, and other environmental aggressors that break down our skin’s moisture barrier and collagen. But all is not lost. Using anti-aging products like retinol and hyaluronic acid, you can fight the signs of aging to keep your skin looking youthful and fresh.