What are some good anti-aging products?

Susan Evans
The following products are successful anti-agers:

• Moisturizer - A moisturizer that penetrates deeply into the skin can help to alleviate the visible signs of aging, including sun spots, wrinkles, and fine lines. Depending on one's skin type they may require a large or small amount of moisture added to their natural hydration level.

• Sunscreen - It is imperative to wear a protective sunscreen to help insulate you from the free radicals that can be produced as a result of the harsh properties of sunrays.

• Antioxidants. Antioxidants help the skin cells bind the free radicals that contribute to the aging or cell death. Antioxidants stop the oxidation process, which leads to the visible effects of aging.

• Exfoliate - By age 30, the natural process of exfoliation that keeps young babies looking young, refreshed and new has slowed down. It is important that an external form of exfoliation is present to reveal the renewed fresh skin layer.

• Include papaya in your skin regimen - Papaya is known as the natural healing fruit. It’s rich in antioxidants, and contains more vitamin A than carrots. The effects of vitamin A on the skin were a major dermatological breakthrough. It stimulates collagen to act as a humectants, which allow the skin to hold on to water and finally exfoliate. No one should have a skin program without vitamin A and papaya. In addition, papaya has a synergistic effect with cleansers and toners; it can unlock the pores to allow better penetration of these agents. Papaya is a rich source with amazing enzymes that increase cell turn over, making the skin look smooth, young and beautiful.

• Peptides - Various types, stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin.

• Vitamin A derivatives - Such as retinoic acid or retinol.
James M.. Wilmott

Good anti-aging products combine the benefits of an immediate improvement in the appearance of lines, wrinkles, blemishes, or pigmentation disorders with materials that have a physiological benefit in helping the skin return to a proper metabolism and functioning. The former should include optical diffusers such as Nylon-12, PMMA beads, spherical silica, or light diffusing polymers. The latter should contain at least some of the time tested and scientifically proven materials that clinically improve the appearance of the skin. These materials include retinol (Vitamin A) or derivatives of retinol (retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinyl propionate), ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) or derivates of ascorbic acid (ascorbyl glucuronide, ascorbyl palmitate, salts of ascorbic acid phosphate), niacinamide (Vitamin B3), alpha or beta hydroxy acids (glycolic acid, lactic acid, fruit acids, salicylic acid), soothing agents (allantoin, chamomile, licorice), compounds to improve specific functions (peptides, botanicals), and intense moisturizing agents (glycerin, hyaluronic acid, pentylene glycol, urea).   These products should also either contain a sunscreen or be used in conjunction with a sun screen and antioxidants to protect the skin from further damage that can accelerate the premature signs of aging.

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