Anti-Aging Skin Care Ingredients
facial rejuvenation formulations
The anti-aging ingredients glossary on the active agents found in facial rejuvenation treatments
provides you with the guidance you need
to select the most effective
combination of skin rejuvenation products.
Incorporating the clinically proven active anti-aging skin care ingredients into your own skin care regimen will help you to achieve the greatest success and produce the best results.
Use what works!
As you review the facial rejuvenation treatment fact sheet, focus first and foremost on the anti-aging ingredients that have been clinically proven to be effective.
Look for these skin care ingredients to ensure that what you are buying will produce results.
Don't forget to take a look at the
e-knowledge module on the Best
Care Products for facial rejuvenation and the ever-popular
module on Anti-Aging
Skin Care Tips!
Anti-Aging skin care Ingredients
is clinically proven to be effective and found as a common
ingredient in many skin rejuvenation products. Its major
benefits are found to be healing properties, skin repair, regeneration
of skin cells, anti-inflammatory characteristics, and the ability to
smooth the surface of the skin.
Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA):
Acids (AHA) are among the few anti-aging treatments that have
been repeatedly clinically proven highly effective.
The AHA's include glycolic
acid found in products like Abkit's
AHA/BHA 12% Glycolic Treatment, lactic
acid, and citric
AHA's are primarily exfoliants, but they also
stimulate skin repair, increase collagen production, increase skin
thickness, improve elasticity, are an effective acne treatment, improve
skin texture, improve skin tone and decrease enlarged pores.
Alpha Lipoic Acid:
Preliminary anti-aging treatment studies on alpha
lipoic acid indicate a great deal of promise as an
effective antioxidant which can repair sun damaged skin,
provide protection to the skin, diminish fine lines and wrinkles,
improve skin tone, and decrease large pores. Included as an active
ingredient in many combination moisturizing products.
Beta Hydroxy Acids
Proven clinically as effective as the AHA's, beta
hydroxy salicylic acid or BHA is an exfoliant that also
improves skin texture, tone and acne. It is generally considered to be
an alternative to AHA, and particularly beneficial for oily
skin types. For an effective product, look for concentrations
of 1 % to 2 % like Reviva
Labs Beta-Hydroxy Acid 2%.
Promising preliminary research indicates Co-Q10
is an effective antioxidant that repairs sun
damaged skin, energizes new cell growth, possess firming properties,
and smooths skin. CoQ-10 is extremely reasonably priced and recommended products such as from the Nivea line are readily available at most larger retail
Promising preliminary research on collagen
indicates increased skin hydration, firming and
plumping properties while improving fine lines and wrinkles. A word of
caution, formulations need to be very specific in order to allow for
adequate absorption into the skin.
Promising preliminary research demonstrates
qualities that include firming properties, enhances the skin's
protective ability, an antioxidant, healing properties, stimulates
collagen formation, improves the skin's elasticity, and promotes
elastin production. The Neova
line is a particular favorite, and Neutrogena has
also begun to produce a line of Copper Peptide products.
Be careful not to layer with Vitamin C anti-aging skin care ingredients as
you will neutralize the effects of both treatments. Schedule each skin
rejuvenation treatment at different times of the day.
Not clinically proven effective as a topical cream although it is
believed to improve skin texture. This is a growth hormone
which is typically taken as a nutritional supplement.
However, plant stem cell hormones are gaining in popularity with scientific and technological advances.
anti-aging treatment studies on DMAE
have not been extensive,
the results demonstrate positive rejuvenating effects
in skin firming properties, the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles,
improving moisture content, and in improving sagging skin.
with DMAE are found when used in combination with vitamin
enriched anti-aging skin care ingredients
such as Reviva
Lab's Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C and DMAE Cream.
Estrogen (Estradiol .o1%
or Estriol .3%):
Preliminary study results show promise in
improving wrinkles, its firming properties, increasing collagen
production, and improving the skin's moisture content. Topical use of
estrogen is still in the study process.
The proven effects on improving aging skin
currently occur when taken as a hormone replacement treatment for
menopausal women, i.e., the birth control pill. Follow instructions
carefully as there are warnings that accompany the use of estrogen. Consult
with your physician prior to use or request a prescription
specifically formulated for topical facial skin care use.
Preliminary results are promising,
indicating reduction in puffiness, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles,
reducing large pores, decreasing inflammation, an aid in healing, and
as an antioxidant. Achieving sufficient concentrations of green
tea are questionable in
topical creams. A variety of tea based active anti-aging skin care ingredients are used in many combination
Clinically proven effective for diminishing fine lines and
acid is often used in conjunction with Vitamin C to assist in
maximizing absorption into the skin. Youth
Complex by Is Clinical is one of the few products with a
significant concentration of HA as a primary ingredient.
Clinically proven to effectively bleach age and dark spots as a
skin lightening ingredient for hyperpigmentation (dark spots).
Look for concentrations of 1%
Kinerase and Kinetin
Preliminary anti-aging treatment studies are
promising - Kinerase and Kinetin decreases wrinkles and fine lines, improves skin tone, and
retards cell aging.
Not as potentially irritating as Retinol or
Vitamin C. A potential alternative for sensitive skin
or for an intensive skin rejuvenation treatment around the eye area.
Look for concentrations of .1%. Not readily available in retail stores
as yet, with the exception of the Almay Kinetin product line.
Clinically proven effective as a lightening treatment for
skin pigmentation problems as it inhibits melanin (brown skin
pigment) production. Often used as an alternative to hydroquinone.
Preliminary studies indicate effective skin rejuvenation
by improving skin hydration, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, while
improving skin texture. Typically referred to and utilized as an agent
to convey nutrients and such directly to the skin cells.
are found as a component of many
anti-aging treatments to facilitate the delivery of active
anti-aging skin care ingredients through the skin layers and directly to the
Only preliminary studies completed for topical anti-aging effects as an
antioxidant that can improve skin texture. Most commonly used
in diets to build antioxidant protection.
There have been no independent clinical
studies to demonstrate the claims that Strivectin
dramatically reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Pal-KTTKS is the active
ingredient in StriVectin-SD.
Only preliminary studies have been
conducted for rejuvenating results that stimulate collagen production
at the DNA level, improve
skin elasticity, repair sun damaged skin and diminish wrinkles but Matrixyl 3000 is quickly becoming a "must have" rejuvenating ingredient!
Quick Note: As with other anti-aging skin care ingredients, a sufficient concentration is necessary to produce results. As a
non-irritating skin rejuvenation treatment, palmitoyl pentapeptide is an excellent alternative to potentially
irritating retinol treatments.
Not clinically proven as a topical skin rejuvenation cream but
preliminary studies suggest effects that include diminishing wrinkles
and fine lines and improving overall skin texture. Look for
concentrations of 400 to 500 milligrams per ounce. Consult
with your physician prior to use as this is a hormone with
potential side effects similar to estrogen.
While placenta skin care
using the science of stem cell therapy to rapidly promote facial
rejuvenation continues to be controversial, many aren't aware that the
stem cells used in formulating many placenta skin care treatments
originate from plants; aptly referred to as Vegetal
Tretinoin (Retinoic acid-
Retin A / Renova):
is a form of Vitamin A that is clinically proven to have
significant effective results for anti-aging treatment and skin care
Although available by prescription only results range from the
reduction of both wrinkles and fine lines, increasing collagen
production, smoothing skin texture, increasing skin thickness,
improving elasticity, improving acne, exfoliation, improving overall
skin tone, diminishing mottled pigmentation and increasing skin
This is the strongest of the Vitamin A's and can be very
irritating to the skin.
Retinol (a form of
is clinically proven to have similar yet less significant
effects as Tretinoin due to less efficient absorption into
the skin. Effective skin rejuvenation treatments require a
concentration of .3% to .6% of retinol. Can cause skin irritation so
follow application directions carefully. The Afirm
is a particularly popular option because it offers Retinol in strengths
of 1X, 2X, and 3X.
Starting with the lower 1X strength to give your
skin a chance to adapt, then gradually increasing the retinol strength
can be an excellent strategy, especially for those with sensitive skin.
(Vitamin A derivative):
Promising preliminary anti-aging treatment
research indicates that retinyl
palmitate has similar skin rejuvenation effects to
that of Tretinoin. A product such as Derma
E's Vitamin A Retinol Palmitate Complex
is non-irritating and considered a milder, more viable alternative to
Promising preliminary research on Spin Traps as an anti-aging
treatment suggests significant rejuvenating results by trapping free
radicals, detoxifying free radicals and as for skin protective
properties. Described as an intelligent antioxidant that turns
skin damaging free radical activity into productive regenerative
Touted as the next generation of effective
anti-aging skin care ingredients, though it is rather difficult to locate
other than PCA
Skin's Phaze 5 Nutrient Toner
with an active spin trap ingredient.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid):
Clinically proven in stable versions, Vitamin C increases collagen production, has
powerful antioxidant properties, healing properties, reduces fine lines
and wrinkles while minimizes scars. Look for Vitamin C Ester (ascorbyl
palmitate) like Jason
Natural Cosmetics Perfect Solutions Ester-C Creme
as it is a stable, absorbable version of vitamin C. L-Ascorbic Acid is
also widely considered to be an effective form of vitamin C which the
skin can absorb in a stable version of 5% concentration.
L-Ascorbic Acid is often used in conjunction with
hyaluronic acid to assist in effective absorption. Do not
layer with Copper Peptides as the combination will nullify
the effect of both products. Simply use each anti-aging treatment at a
different time of day.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol):
Clinically proven effective as an antioxidant, improving the skin's
moisture content, skin protection properties, smoothing, and healing
properties. A product's ingredient description should state
Clinically proven as an effective treatment for
broken capillaries and bruising. An alternative to treating dark
circles under the eyes and spider veins. Look for "Super K"
products such as Vita
K's Super Vitamin K for Blotchy Skin.
Need help choosing the most
effective anti-aging skin care ingredients and treatment products so
you can begin your own skin rejuvenation regimen?
The Skin Care e-Learning and Resource Center has prepared an anti-aging
treatment shopping list for you that includes the most effective skin
rejuvenation products at the best possible price! Print out our free anti-aging skin care ingredients chart to help you select the best treatments for your skin type and aging skin concerns.
These prepared a
shopping lists include the most effective products at the
best possible price!
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