Researchers are always studying new ingredients and combinations of ingredients that work synergistically for combating aging.  Whether it is in the foods your eat, vitamins and supplements as well as anti-aging skin care products, each year new ingredients emerge as stars in the battle against aging. Check out some of the VIP ingredients for combating the look of lines and wrinkles.

 

A-Lipoic Acid
A powerful antioxidant, moisturizer and free-radical scavenger that helps to neutralize free radicals. Known as the “universal antioxidant because it regenerates or recycles other antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E. Not only is it a potent antioxidant, it has the power to fight inflammation which can damage skin cells that produce collagen and elastin, the elements that keep skin looking youthful.

 

Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (Matrixyl 3000)

Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 used in conjunction with Palmitoyl-Oligopeptide these two peptides produce a synergy when used together, meaning the effect together is greater than either one alone. Together, they boost the growth of the connective tissues and naturally increase the production of collagen in the skin; encouraging the skin to heal and rejuvenate itself. Studies have shown the combination of these peptides to reduce the appearance of wrinkle depth, improve skin roughness and significantly increase the look of firmness.

 

Vitamin A, Retinyl Palmitate

While Retinyl Palmitate  is not the same ingredient as retinol, it is converted to retinol, and then to the active component of retinoic acid (known as tretinoin), once it is absorbed by the skin after being topically applied.Retinyl palmitate is considered a less irritating form of retinol, and a gentler ingredient on sensitive skin. This ingredient is best known for its ability to regenerate collagen and elastin to prevent the appearance of aging skin, wrinkles, and fine lines.

 

Vitamin C, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate

A stable, oil-soluble form of Vitamin C, used to increase collagen levels, reduce melanin production, brighten skin, and repair the effects of UV exposure and other environmental damage. Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate has the ability to stimulate the skin to produce natural moisturizers, acting both as an antioxidant and a direct stimulant of new collagen.

 

Vitamin E, Tocopheryl Acetate

An antioxidant superstar, vitamin E is one of the most well-researched antioxidants. Tocopheryl Acetate is a natural skin-conditioning agent and antioxidant, its substantiated benefits include enhancing the efficacy of active sunscreen ingredients, reducing the formation of free radicals from exposure to UV rays, promoting the healing process, strengthening the skin's barrier function, protecting the skin barrier's lipid balance, and reducing trans-epidermal water loss.

 

Bearberry

Bearberry extract turns up more and more often in skincare. It contains something called arbutin, which is a natural skin brightener which help to combat freckles and age spots. Faster and more effective than kojic acid (another common skin brightener) and hydroquinone, once the most popular lightener/brightener, until it was found to have carcinogenic properties. Bearberry is particularly fascinating because it has sun protection properties and may actually reduce the degree of skin tanning after sun exposure.

 

Sweet Almond

Contains vitamins E, A and D and is rich in oleic and linoleic acids. Almonds trap moisture in the skin keeping it hydrated at all times. Almonds have a calming effect and help to soothe minor wounds, chapped skin, skin allergies and inflammation.

 

Sesame Seed Oil

Sesame oil is full of ingredients that greatly benefit the look and texture of skin. High in vitamins A and E, which are effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and fatty acids such as oleic, palmitic, stearic and linoleic acid, which are effective moisturizers that keep skin supple and soft and can help  improve your circulation. In addition, sesame oil contains antioxidants and sesamol, to counteract free radicals, a principal cause of aging. High in antioxidants, it can also speed wound healing and has been proven effective for soothing eczema or psoriasis. Sesame seed oil has inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which fight against developing blackheads and blemishes.

 

Cucumbers

Cucumber’s hydrating water content, lends the skin moisture, reduces puffiness, and contains vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which soothe inflamed or irritated skin. Cucumber also offers antioxidants, which combat skin-damaging free radicals.

 

Licorice

Skin-care products that contain licorice extract have been shown to effectively treat skin disorders such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Licorice extract is also an anti-inflammatory and contains Licochalcone, which helps to regulate the skin's oil production, making it beneficial in anti-acne skin-care regimens. Licorice has been shown to fade dark spots and blemishes, and lighten skin.  Potent antioxidants in licorice extract fight skin-damaging free radicals.

 

Mango butter

Has natural emollient properties; high oxidative ability; wound healing, and regenerative properties. Mango butter is chock-full of nourishing antioxidants that have a protective effect against UV radiation.