Newsflash: no miracle cream will instantly make your skin look younger. If you have been wearing SPF and taking great care of your face over the years, you are probably in the minority. But if the damage is already done, you will need help to keep your skin looking its best and potentially reverse any sun damage. If you’re hoping to achieve younger-looking skin, check out my recommendations for these essential skin care ingredients:
Ingredients for Younger-Looking Skin
Just as they are good for our body, antioxidants also do wonders for our skin. Beyond offering protection from free radicals, many antioxidant-rich skin care products brighten your skin, calm irritation, and even smooth fine lines. Some of the most common are Vitamin C, Retinol or Vitamin A, and Vitamin E, all of which help to keep your skin looking younger.
Found in serums and moisturizers, this antioxidant not only increases the production of collagen in the skin, it also helps restore sun-damaged skin and improves the effectiveness of your SPF. Plus, if you have acne scars or dark marks, it can help fade them over time.
Also known as Vitamin A, Retinol is a healthy way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It also boosts collagen production, which results in smoother skin, and evens the skin’s pigmentation. Only apply at night, however, as it can increase instances of sun damage if worn during the day.
Alpha-hydroxy acids are naturally derived acids that do A LOT for your skin, from exfoliating, brightening, enhancing collagen production, and increasing blood flow. Some products feature a combination of AHAs and others list which is their specific active ingredient. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
Known as one of the most effective AHAs, Glycolic acid is an essential exfoliating ingredient. Molecule size allows this acid to penetrate the skin and dissolve the element that holds onto dead skin cells. It also draws moisture to the skin, making it ideal for those dealing with wrinkles and dry skin.
Glycolic acid can irritate the skin, so if you are looking for a gentler alternative, I recommend trying a product with a lactic acid. Naturally occurring in sour milk, this acid will help exfoliate and brighten your skin.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of skin and present in all connective tissue in the body. Its ability to help skin retain moisture makes it a key ingredient in your skin care regimen. Moisture-rich ultimately looks more youthful and radiant.
These ingredients can provide important benefits on your journey to younger-looking skin. The key is finding a combination of products that work best for your skin without causing irritation. Try to integrate these ingredients in your serums, toners, and moisturizers. Remember that skin is the largest organ of the body and needs multiple ingredients to stay youthful. Most importantly, NEVER forget your daily sunscreen! The sun is the number one cause of aging skin. If you do not protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays, even the best serums and creams will prove ineffective.