Anti-aging face creams and formulations work against natural aging and photo aging. External factors of aging, such as long exposure to harmful rays of the sun etc are called photo aging. Your skin looks thick and leathery with regular pigmentations, blood vessels may be visible on the surface of the skin and deep furrows develop in the skin in addition to wrinkles.
Wrinkles vary in shape, size, depth, extent of coverage and age from individual to individual. Treatment for wrinkles using anti wrinkle creams depends on what type of problem you are going through. If you are older and with more visible lines on your face then probably you need a stronger product. A young face with fine lines would require any general-purpose cream. You should think about all the aspects and only then settle down with a product.
Three basic steps are normally followed to treat facial problems:
-> Cleanse: Using skin cleansers like fruit acids.
-> Tone: Using toners like moisturizers, vitamins and minerals.
-> Nourish: Using more advanced formulations.
The following are some of the basic ingredients of an anti aging face cream:
Vitamins nourish our skin, hair and other tissues. This has made them a preferred choice in anti-aging creams. Vitamin A in the form of retinol treats injured skin and improves collagen formation. It supplies moisture and helps the skin remain soft and plump. Other vitamins like C and E are very popular for their anti-oxidant effects.
Fruit Acids (AHA)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids are popular exfoliants, which are used in the form of Glycolic, Malic, Tartaric and Citric acid and many other formulations. These acids brush off the dead cells and tissues revealing new, fresh under skin.
These are the famous anti-oxidants that fight against free radicals. Vitamins and other compounds are used in formulations and are said to be effective against these radicals.
One Key Ingredient for Anti Aging Creams – Aloe Vera
Look for anti aging creams that contain the ingredient aloe vera. Aloe vera comes from plant juice and is completely natural. It has been used for years as a healing remedy for skin cuts and burns, and the medical and herbal world are now exploring its remarkable anti aging properties.
Another important ingredient to look for in an anti wrinkle cream is L-Carnosine, or Endymion, which combines two amino acids called beta-alanine and L-histidine. This ingredient enhances the body’s ability to rejuvenate cells, or make old cells younger and extend the cell’s life cycle. It can also help other bodily functions such as protecting healthy cells from radiation damage, fighting allergies, improving blood flow to the brain, and many other functions.
A helpful ingredient found in some anti aging creams is Tamanu oil, which comes from the Tamanu tree. This oil is an amazing topical healing oil for the skin and has antibiotic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antineuralgic, and antimicrobial properties. It has been used in various countries around the world for many purposes including skin rashes, cuts, sores, chapped lips, arthritis, diaper rash, skin allergies, boils, burns, gout, and ringworm.
Other Ingredients for Skin Care and Rejuvenation
These are only a few important ingredients, but there are many others to look for on skin care product labels. A blend of the above plus a healthy concentrate of the following ingredients can create lasting results: shea butter, mango seed butter, camellia sinesis leaf, avocado oil, alpha arbutin, hydrolised collagen, sodium hyaluronate, ubiquinone, phytonadione, methylsulfonylmethane, sweet almond oil, evening primrose, centella asiatica leaf extract, vitamin B5, and sorbitan oleate.