Everything You Need to Know About Anti-Aging Creams

In this article, we'll share everything you need to know about anti-aging creams so you can choose the right one for you. Find out more.
Everything You Need to Know About Anti-Aging Creams

Last update: 26 June, 2021

Anti-aging creams are your allies when it comes to fighting and delaying signs of aging. However, you should know that everyone’s skin isn’t the same and, therefore, they don’t all age the same. In this article, we’ll share everything you need to know about anti-aging creams.

Generally, you’ll need to combine different creams or combine your cream with aesthetic treatments. A good anti-aging cream contains proven ingredients like hyaluronic acid, resveratrol, or retinoic acid. We’ll tell you more about it.

Anti-aging cream labels

Woman putting cream on

When it comes to choosing a good anti-aging cream, it’s important to look at what’s in it. In order to do that, you need to know how to read and understand the formula’s label. On the label, the ingredients are listed in descending order of their concentration. In other words, the first ones on the list make up the highest proportion of the cream.

However, some active ingredients don’t always have to be present in large quantities to be effective. This is the case with essential oils that are usually used in smaller proportions.

Also, it’s interesting to know that components likely to cause an allergic reaction have to be included in a specific way. It’s mandatory when their concentration is higher than 0.001%.

The ingredients on cosmetic labels appear in English or Latin. In English, they list the chemicals used and, in Latin, those directly derived from plants.

When making your choice, you should consider the main problems you want to focus on. Then, think about which ingredients will help you improve that issue. 

Anti-aging cream ingredients

There are 16,000 cataloged ingredients on a list known as INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients). Next, we’ll tell you, in detail, some of the ingredients that anti-aging creams can contain. Keep them in mind so that you can identify them the next time you buy one of these products. 

Solar protection

The sun is one of our skin’s main enemies. In fact, not using sunscreen could speed up the aging process and result in the appearance of premature wrinkles and spots. In addition, it can increase the risk of triggering more serious problems in the long term. 

A study titled Ultraviolet Radiation, Aging and Skin: Prevention of Damage by Topical cAMP Manipulation shows that ultraviolet radiation is responsible for up to 80% of skin aging or photo-aging. 

Therefore, it’s extremely important to always use sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy or if it’s wintertime. Also, we recommend buying anti-aging creams that include sun protection. 

Antioxidants

Solar radiation and pollution increase free radical growth. These are agents that oxidize collagen and elastin fibers until they become useless. When this happens, the skin loses its elasticity and firmness more quickly, and the fine lines on our faces become more visible.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health explains that antioxidants are substances that fight free radicals and prevent (or at least delay) cell damage. These include vitamins C and E, resveratrol, and coenzyme Q10.

Vitamins C and E have antioxidant properties. In addition, vitamin C helps with collagen production and works to lighten spots. That’s why it’s important that our anti-aging creams contain these vitamins. 

Resveratrol is a polyphenol that’s present in several plants and is effective in capturing free radicals. Also, it’s worth mentioning that coenzyme Q10 is present in all cells and is necessary for producing energy in the body. It also fights free radicals and protects the cells from oxidative damage.

However, the problem is that, with age and the effects of ultraviolet rays, our levels of coenzyme Q10 can decrease. So, it’s very important to get this antioxidant externally through, for example, a cream. 

Anti-Spot

Woman with age spot

Another thing that worries many women is the appearance of spots on the skin. These brown spots appear as a result of excess melanin, a skin pigment. 

However, it’s important to note that any measure intended to fight or prevent these spots is invariably associated with sun protection. Some ingredients in anti-aging creams to fight or prevent these spots are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), retinol, and hyaluronic acid.

AHAs are organic acids that, due to their exfoliating effect, help with natural skin renewal. They act by eliminating dead cells and, consequently, make the skin smoother, softer, and more even. This is shown in an article in Molecules Magazine.

By removing dead cells, the skin can absorb the ingredients in the anti-aging creams better. Also, they increase the thickness of the deep layer of the skin because they stimulate collagen production.

Therefore, they help to make our skin more luminous and flexible. Also, they help to reduce wrinkles and blemishes, while reducing water loss in the epidermis and hydrating our skin.

Researchers point out that retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and that it helps to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. In addition, it helps with blemishes, refines pores, and stimulates cell regeneration. 

What you need to know about anti-aging creams

As time passes, our skin renews more slowly and we start to notice the signs of aging. To reduce the effects of aging, you can use a good anti-aging cream and, above all, sun protection. 

Of course, when it comes to choosing the right anti-aging creams, you have to keep your specific skin type in mind, as well as the problems you want to address. Remember, the labels will show you the concentration of ingredients that are in the cream. This will help you choose the product that will work best for you.

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