Nothing holds back the hands of time indefinitely, but when it comes to skincare, there are a few science-based ingredients that really deliver results. Here are 4 anti-aging ingredients with proven efficacy:
- 1. Sunscreen. From an anti-aging point of view, a stable broad-spectrum sunscreen that will protect against UVA and UVB rays is your best friend. Sun damage can cause dark spots, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles, all of which make us look older than we like. Enough said.
- Retinoids. If a miracle ingredient existed in the anti-aging world, retinoids would be as close as it gets. Derivatives of Vitamin A, retinoids work as cell communicators to increase skin cell turnover, reduce pigmentation, even out skin tone, unclog pores, stimulate collagen production and manage acne. Quite a list of accomplishments! Our favorite is Apothekari A is for Anti-Aging retinal serum which provides the ultimate in wrinkle reduction and prevention properties while being the least potentially irritating form of retinoid.
- Antioxidants. Like superheroes, antioxidants protect the skin from environmental stresses such as pollution and UV rays that generate free radicals, which lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastin and the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. When working as a team, as in Apothekari Undercover Agent Serum, vitamins C & E have been proven to work particularly well together in neutralizing free radicals, moisturizing and brightening skin tone. If you haven’t already added a serum to your daily regimen, an antioxidant formulation would be a perfect addition.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid, malic and mandelic acids (the latter two are found in customer favorite MaMa Lotion) help remove dead skin cells that not only dull the skin but also create a barrier to other active ingredients from penetrating. Like retinoids, AHAs should be introduced gradually into your skin care routine, allowing the skin to build up tolerance. Used at night alternately with your retinoid, AHAs will help give you back that radiant glow of youth.
When it comes to the anti-aging game, we’d love to be able to pull a rabbit out of a hat, but sometimes slow and steady (as well as scientific) wins the race.