The anti-aging market is worth billions of dollars. It’s a fact: people want youthful skin and will spend good money to achieve it. Here's another fact: not all the anti-aging products on the market will maintain your youthful flow – many are expensive gimmicks with more harmful ingredients than beneficial ones. So, how do you navigate the cosmetic aisles flooded with skincare products?
Familiarize yourself with the ingredients.
There are many all-natural (and a few man-made) anti-aging ingredients that can delay the hands of time. If you want to build a successful anti-aging skincare routine, these are the five ingredients to look for.
Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
This popular B vitamin stands out due to its versatility. Do you have hyperpigmentation? Treat it with niacinamide. Dry skin? Replenish it with the hydrating effects of niacinamide. It can even be used as an effective anti-aging ingredient. Most B vitamins are critical for maintaining healthy skin and niacinamide is no exception. As a result, it's used in many skincare products to team up with other ingredients to repair damaged skin cells and create a smoother skin texture.
This wonder ingredient is also used in serums, like the Niacinamide 3% & Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Routine 10. When you apply it under your eyes, you can treat the appearance of crow’s feet and maintain moisture to prevent loss of elasticity and firmness.
Retinoids (vitamin A derivative)
Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A and just like niacinamide, they can be used for numerous skin issues. One popular retinoid is retinol, which is well-known to reverse the signs of aging. When you use retinol topically, it speeds up skin cell turnover and increases collagen production for firmer skin. Additionally, it creates the temporary effect of plumping the skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. There is no other ingredient that has been as widely tested and proven to fight wrinkles and as retinol.
We recommend the Retinol Youth Renewal Serum in the morning after cleansing. Just a few drops of this powerful formula will go a very long way. Make sure to follow up with sunscreen, as retinoids cause photosensitivity. Conclude your nighttime routine with the Retinol Collagen Night Cream to fight the signs of aging while you sleep!
Coenzyme Q10 (vitamin Q)
It’s amazing that people are unaware of vitamin Q and its anti-aging benefits. This powerful antioxidant protects elastic tissue, which helps your skin quickly bounce back when exposed to free radicals. It also protects collagen, which depletes by 1% every year once we turn 25.
The body naturally produces coenzyme Q10, but sadly, the body struggles to produce it as we get older. So, applying topical skincare products with CoQ10 and consuming foods high in this vitamin will support the skin’s ability to protect itself against damage.
Peptides are small chains of amino acids that are becoming more popular for their anti-aging properties. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, such as collagen. Needless to say, topical skincare products containing this ingredient can help the skin stimulate collagen production. Remember, we lose collagen every year, so when it comes to producing more of this vital protein, we need all the help we can get.
For this reason, Routine 10 created the Super Peptide Booster +, an anti-aging serum that contains a hydrating blend of peptides and copper tripeptides. Just a few drops daily will fade fine lines, and wrinkles, and boost hydration. It also has Matrixyl 3000™, which contains additional peptides called matrikines to help repair and restructure damaged skin. If you’re looking for anti-aging ingredients, this is one you don’t want to miss out on.
You probably know vitamin C is clinically proven to reduce the signs of wrinkles but did you know that vitamin E is another powerhouse ingredient?
Vitamin E is crucial due to it protective properties. It can defend the skin against environmental stressors (i.e., sun exposure and air pollutants) by neutralizing internal free radicals that are triggered by environmental stressors and can wreak havoc on our skin.
In topical formulas, this antioxidant strengthens the skin barrier and can even soothe common ailments, like sunburns. We recommend buying pure vitamin E and seeking out anti-aging skincare products that have it as the main ingredient, like the Vitamin C + E Magic Serum from Routine 10. You can use this product morning and night to fight free radicals and restore damaged skin.
Now you know what to look for when it comes to anti-aging ingredients. Go forth and share your knowledge!