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
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.