What to look for in an anti-aging moisturizer
Growing older isn't what is used to be. With the aging of the Baby Boom generation, we've come to consider 40 the new 30 and 60 the new 50.
Instrumental in the war against aging is the anti-aging moisturizer. The anti-aging moisturizer generally hydrates the skin, which, in turn, is brightened, firmed and softened.
When choosing an anti-aging moisturizer, look for the following components:
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, reduces wrinkling and dryness that contribute to an aged look of the skin. That's because it is important to the production of collagen, an important protein that when included in an anti-aging moisturizer, firms and strengthens the skin. Vitamin C also is crucial to skin repair. In fact, research published by the University of Leicester demonstrates that ascorbic acid reduces free radicals and can reverse DNA damage. Vitamin C contained in an anti-aging moisturizer also can fight the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun. So you definitely want vitamin C in your anti-aging moisturizer.
This antioxidant helps the anti-aging moisturizer prevent cell damage caused by free radicals and peroxides.
Glycerol or glycerin:
When included in an anti-aging moisturizer, this multifunctional compound is a smoother that is considered effective in treating psoriasis, rashes and calluses.
Though this is naturally produced in the body, levels of hyaluronic acid decrease as we age. When contained in an anti-aging moisturizer, it can lock in the skin's natural moisture and prevent moisture loss.
Extracted from natural sugar, this moisture regulator can protect skin from dehydration when found in an anti-aging moisturizer.
Though developed for the treatment of Alzheimer's and other cognitive diseases, when included in an anti-aging moisturizer, Idebenone is believed to have antioxidant properties that fight wrinkles.
When contained in an anti-aging moisturizer, this protein helps stretched skin return to its original position.
For those seeking an anti-aging moisturizer, look for one that does not contain parabens, sulfates, Phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan. It's also best to buy an anti-aging moisturizer that doesn't contain artificial dyes and fragrances.