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Anti Aging Skin Care Ingredients

By Charles Hopkins Published 01/2/2008 | Beauty
You can improve the overall appearance of aging skin by supplying it with gentle, effective and protective anti aging skin care ingredients that have a proven track record for helping aging skin look and feel better. Providing such benefits to skin on a daily basis will enhance its health and appearance, encourage collagen production, and help generate normalized skin cells, greatly reducing fine lines and wrinkles. For defying the aging process, the following anti aging skin care ingredients will help the skin to repair itself and function optimally:

Alpha Hydroxy Acids: Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's) are nature's gift for aging skin. AHA's occur naturally in several foods and include citric acid (from citrus fruits), malic acid (from apples), tartaric acid (from grapes), lactic acid (from milk) and glycolic acid (from sugarcane). When applied to the skin, AHA's supplement the skin's natural exfoliation process by loosening and sloughing away the outer layer of dead skin cells, revealing the newer, smoother skin cells underneath. This process rejuvenates the skin by improving circulation and stimulating new cell growth, resulting in a fresher, healthier complexion and reduced pore size. Another benefit is that exfoliation helps other skin care products, particularly moisturizers, penetrate skin and be much more effective.

DMAE: DMAE is an amazing nutrient that extends the life of cells and inhibits the cross linking of proteins, which gives the skin a tone and firm appearance. Excellent for fine lines, DMAE is one of the most important anti aging skin care ingredients.

Shea Butter: Shea Butter is solid and comes from the natural fat obtained from the karite tree grown in west and central Africa. Often referred to as karite butter, Shea Butter is an emollient (an agent that softens and soothes the skin). It is extremely therapeutic, helping to heal cracked, aged and damaged skin. Its chemical constituents help to heal bruising and soreness. Shea Butter penetrates the skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth. It contains vitamins A and E and is highly compatible with the skin. Shea Butter also has a high concentration of unsaponifiables and cinnamic esters, which have antimicrobial and moisturizing properties and provide protection from the UV rays of the sun.

Glycerin: Glycerin is obtained by adding alkalies to fats and fixed oils. It is a soothing humectant that draws moisture from the air to the skin. It is also an emollient.

Jajoba Oil: Jajoba Oil is cold pressed from the nuts of the jajoba tree, cultivated in California, Arizona, Mexico and Israel. Pronounced Ho-Ho-Ba, it contains protein, minerals and a waxy substance that mimics collagen. Jajoba Oil is not greasy and absorbs right into the skin, moisturizing and protecting the skin.

When choosing a skin care product, be sure it contains some or all of the anti aging skincare ingredients listed above.