3 Best Anti-Aging Ingredients

With so many anti-aging products on the market, how do you know what really works? Jessa Skin in San Rafael, CA lists the 3 best anti-aging ingredients to look for in skincare products.

You may see products with labels touting they offer healthy and natural anti-aging ingredients, but be careful….the percentages of the ingredients in the product is what will make the product effective or not.  If the label doesn’t specify the percentage then contact the company and ask.  Why invest your money and time in a product that won’t work? Additionally, be sure to check the label thoroughly because the ingredients can be listed under a different name.


Three of the Best Anti-Aging Ingredients

1)      Vitamin C

Different Names: ascorbic acid, l-ascorbic acid OR ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C ester)

Percentages: 10% or higher, you must buy l-ascorbic or ascorbyl palmitate  Do not buy ascorbic acid –  it is not as effective due to its large size the skin cannot absorb it and then use it.

Results you get:  Brighter skin less pigment / blocks melanin from forming, collagen and elastin growth equals less wrinkles / deep lines, scar healing, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory great for acne, exfoliating, studies have shown vitamin C to act as an additional 3-10 SPF.  The sun leaches vitamin C from our skin which causes the skin to burn and burns lead to cancer and premature aging.  The sun will go for your topical vitamin C first if you wear it; blocking harmful rays and age spots from forming.

*Remember most vitamin C formulas last 3 months, after that they are toxic!  Some formulas are stable and have a longer shelf life up to 2 yrs.


2)      Peptides

Different Names: ARGIRELINE (Acetyl Hexapeptide) – is a wrinkle inhibitor reduces pre-existing wrinkle depth and relax facial tension. LEUPHASYL (Pentapeptide-3) – Compliments Argireline by modulating muscle contraction, reduces depth of wrinkles around the eye and forehead areas.  OCTAPEPTIDE (Acetyl Glutamyl Heptapeptide-1) – Extends and lengthens the muscle under tension reduces wrinkle depth. Matrixyl 3000 (Palmitoyl Oligopeptide & Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3) – Helps stimulate new Collagen I, III & IV and Elastin. TRIPEPTIDE (Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate) – temporarily relaxes the muscle, keeping it from contracting and thereby smoothing wrinkles, Copper Peptide.

Percentages: 5% or more, some over the counter formulas such as Olay Regenerist are low percentages of peptides – don’t be fooled by a cheap price tag!

Results you get: Peptides have been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by 50-70% over 3 months of use. Muscle toning, collagen and elastin growth.


3)      Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Natural Peels)

Different Names: glycolic acid – from sugar cane, lactic acid -from dairy products or honey, tartaric acid or pyruvic acid – from grapes, malic acid- from fruit, citric acid from citrus fruits, kojic acid from mushrooms.

Percentages: home care: 1-5%mild-medium, 5-15%medium-strong, it is best to start your skin slowly with a lower percentages. (15%-70% clinical strength-recommended 1-4x a month)

Results you get: clearer skin, less acne, less pigment, smaller pores, firmer collagen and elastin growth, scar reduction, increase in SPF by 2-4, deeper product penetration with a breakdown of the skins natural barrier, fast skin cell turn over more like it was when you were a baby, the faster your skin cells shed the younger you look, with more new cells are on the surface making your skin glow!  When studied fruit acids work best as a mixture each one works differently.  Choose a 2-4 acid blend for the best results! (example: glycolic, lactic, malic & kojic) also get kojic or pigment fighting acids in everything this will combat melanin which makes uneven skin tone & age spots.

When you get high percentages of the ingredients listed above or a mix of these ingredients, you are on your way to getting firm and radiant skin! You can also use a serum or a cream to get combined results.

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