From stimulating the skin’s natural collagen production to warding off those free radicals, anti-aging skin care products make many promises. And according to the American Academy of Dermatology, many consumers are allured by this hope in a jar and spend billions of dollars every year on anti-aging skin care products.
Do these products work?
Well, some do, and some don’t. The trick is knowing which ingredients are effective and finding the right skin care product that works well with you.
As one ages, the skin loses fat and becomes thinner causing fine lines and sagging. The body also produces less elastin and collagen to maintain a youthful look.
The science behind peptides is hopeful. Peptides are small proteins, which stimulate new cells to grow. Many dermatologists feel that peptide formulations in skin care products actually do penetrate deeply and stimulate the replacement of both elastin and collagen.
Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a dermatologist at New York University Medical Center, is a huge believer of alpha-hydroxyl acids in skin care products, such as glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients are proven to act as exfoliants, rid the skin of dead cells and speed up the cycle of skin turnover. There’s no hype in the claim, only scientific fact.
There is certainly ample evidence that retinol works to reduce wrinkles and fine lines and boost the elasticity of the skin. It’s a natural form of vitamin A and is available in over-the-counter skin care creams and prescription strength.
While some skin care products surround themselves with hype, there are others – like ours – that are based on science.