Anti Aging Ingredients Abound For Our Skin

Are you unsure which ones are the anti aging ingredients in your products? With so many claims being made for ingredients that smooth lines and wrinkles, it's important to know which ones actually seem to work.

Through the years we have found quite a few that actually do some good. The problem with many of the products we see on the market is that even though they may use an ingredient that has been found to work not enough may be present in a product.

If you want an effective product unfortunately you will probably have to spend a little more for those that contain a higher percentage of anti aging ingredients. Most products that actually work use more of the effective ingredients. This costs more.

Finding out how much is present in a product can be a challenge unless a company clearly states the amount. My suggestion is to read the labels. If a product claims to use an ingredient like green tea for their cream or serum, where on the ingredient list can green tea be found? If it is way down on the bottom you can be pretty sure very little green tea is actually used. Up near the top of the list is what I like to see. It may not tell me the exact amount but at least I know there is more of it being used in this product.

Anti Aging Ingredients

The list below contains anti aging ingredients that are currently the most popular choices for our skin care. New ones are being found all the time. Many of these anti aging ingredients will work well for lines and wrinkles but for skin that is losing it's tone DMAE and EsterC show the most promise.

Vitamin A (Retinol, Tretinoin and Retinyl Palmitate)

When this is added to a product in the right concentration it has been found to be very effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin tone and exfoliating the skin.

Some of the best results may be from higher concentrations of Tretinoin form of Vitamin A available only by prescription. All forms of Vitamin A may be irritating especially to sensitive individuals. Retinyl Palmitate may provide better results without the irritation of stronger forms like Tretinoin and does not need prescription.

Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen when using products with Vitamin A.

Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid

Applied topically this antioxidant can reduce fine lines and wrinkles and has been shown to improve collagen production. Many products on the market do not contain enough Vitamin C or even the most absorbable form of vitamin C for effectiveness. L-Ascorbic Acid is the preferred form. 10 - 15% seems to be the preferred amount.

Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

This skin softening and healing ingredient is a popular addition but it's effectiveness too depends on quantity and quality of Vitamin E used. It can be synthetically derived. Look for natural Vitamin E with a high potency.

Vitamin K

This natural anti aging ingredient has been finding it's way in to our skin care product lately for it's ability to diminish dark circles and even out skin tones.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids(AHA's)

Commonly seen as glycolic acid from sugar cane, lactic acid from dairy products, tartaric acid from grapes, malic acid from fruit and citric acid from citrus fruits and antioxidant ellagic acid from raspberries, cranberries pomegranates etc. These anti aging ingredients are commonly used for their exfoliating properties. They also provide a skin tightening effect that diminishes fine lines.

The FDA has set guidelines for safe use of this product at concentrations of 10% or less which is the highest concentration available by consumers and PH of at least 3.5%. Higher concentrations are available through skin care specialists. Use also requires the use of a sunscreen because of increased sun sensitivity. The higher percentage of alpha hydroxy acid in a product the more effective unfortunately the actual amount does not have to be stated. This water soluable form is best used on dry to normal skin types.

Beta Hydroxy Acids(Salicylic Acid)

An acid that comes from willow bark. This gentler form is for those with sensitive skin and since it has the ability to penetrate deeply is good for oily or acne prone skin. It offers the same exfoliating qualities along with the ability to unclog pores.

Co Q 10 (Ubiquinone)

This antioxidant may help repair skin damaged by the elements and improve collagen. The levels of CoQ10 in our bodies lessen with age causing our skin to be more easily damaged by free radicals and more prone to less elasticity. CoQ10 creams may repair some of this damage as it has the ability to easily penetrate skin cells. Freshness and the proper concentration are important.


DMAE is a popular choice for natural anti aging products. It has been receiving interest for several years now. Many people swear by it. It doesn't seem to have much research behind it so it is difficult to say if it is as effective as claimed.

It is a naturally occuring substance in our bodies and is also present in fish. It has been used to treat aging conditions but is now being used in skin care. DMAE has been found to provide firmness to sagging skin. While it is considered safe to use and has been used since the early 90's, some current studies show possible problems but nothing conclusive yet. It has been given a 4 (moderate hazzard) rating from the Safe Cosmetics Database. More research will be needed. So I'll leave it to you to decide if this right for you.

Ellagic Acid

Anti oxidant rich ellagic acid found in raspberries, cranberries pomegranates etc. Pomegranate in particular is being studied for it's effectiveness on aging skin. It is believed to have the ability to achieve moderate thickening of the epidermis, improve elasticity and collagen. Time will tell as to it's true worth but so far looks promising.

Green Tea

While this antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient needs more research, studies have shown that green tea has some ability to provide sun protection. It is being used in more products all the time and many of them anti aging. It shows promise as a natural way to slow the effects of aging and is quickly becoming one of the most popular of the anti aging ingredients.

Hyaluronic Acid

This natural ingredient is very important for helping our skin hold more water and some studies show it may help to stimulate the growth of healthy skin cells. Hydrated skin is smoother, softer and plumper looking.

Sea Buckthorn

A popular ingredient used throughout the world for healing the skin such as that affected by Rosacea but has also been found to be very beneficial for anti aging. It is loaded with vitamins and nutrients to help feed dry or aging skin. It is said to combat wrinkles and dryness.


Certain oils with a high percentage of essential fatty acids have been found to work very well on mature, dry or damaged skin. Borage, Evening Primrose and Almond oil have all been found to be effective anti aging ingredients.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are popular anti aging ingredients added to skin care products. Quite a few different essential oils have been used for years for their rejuvenating and restorative effects on aging skin. Sandalwood, Geranium, Frankincense, Rose and Neroli are often found in anti aging creams and serums.

Purity and freshness are important when purchasing products using essential oils.

Shea Butter

Has been found to not only to moisturize and eliminate rough dry skin which makes any wrinkles less noticeable. It is believed to help improve skin tone and elasticity. A high concentration of at least 20% shea butter is the most beneficial. Unrefined shea is the best choice as it still retains a high level of vitamins and nutrients.

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