Is better skin one of your new year’s solution? If not, it’s always a good resolution to make. Healthy skin means a healthier you and clear, supple skin gives you confidence and boosts your morale. As consumer reports and beauty experts come up with the list of beauty products to have this year, what should you be looking for? Here’s a list of super moisturizing ingredients you should be looking for in skin beauty products.
Retinol has been a standout for a long time and continues to flex its moisturizing muscles. Its perennial charm lies in its ability to regenerate cell turnover, boost collagen (the protein that promotes skin elasticity) and stimulate cellular repair at the deepest level of the skin. Sounds like a winner? You bet. A derivative of vitamin A, it works best at night to treat fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, dullness and plump up sagging skin. Put it on after you wash your skin and watch it do its magic.
Think of antioxidants as busy policemen, keeping damaging free radicals in check. Uncontrolled free radicals inflict cellular damage, inflammation and cause ailments. Skin given to UV radiation, smoke, pollution and neglect give free radicals free reign. Antioxidants work to save the skin from cellular damage. Enlist of the help of antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin A and E, Coenzyme Q10, selenium (among others) to prevent wrinkles, age spots and even skin cancer.
In recent years, hyaluronic acid has received rave reviews regarding its ability to reverse aging, hence the “fountain of youth” nametag. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in humans and animals, in young skin, in connective tissue and most abundantly in the fluid in the eyes and joints. Commonly used to treat a variety of joint problems, it is also used to treat wrinkles and as a lip filler in plastic surgery.
Consumers have reported modest improvement with beauty products using peptide formulas. The manufacturers claim that peptides produce fast rejuvenating results with visible improvement in skin texture within days of using. Selling pitch aside, there may be some truth in that. Various studies have shown that copper peptide increases collagen and elastin production, which translates to smoother, softer and more radiant skin.
Ceramides occur naturally in the skin, forming a barrier to protect against moisture loss, thereby keeping the skin youthful and supple. With age, ceramide production slows down and the skin becomes less supple and wrinkles form. In recent years, scientists have found a way of extracting ceramides from plants, notably rice and whole grain wheat that work to restore the skin’s elasticity. How? Ceramides work to inhibit the elastase enzymes, the very enzymes that destroy skin’s elasticity. That helps the skin to retain its integrity and firmness.
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