Do you know what’s really in your skincare cabinet? The ingredients on the back of most of the labels can be at the least, confusing, and at the most, require a cipher to decode the long, hard-to-pronounce ingredients. (We need some help with dimethylaminoethanol, for example. Anyone?) Don’t let a confusing label fool you. For all your anti-aging needs, you just need to remember to stay on the lookout for these four ingredients.
Retinoids are a fave ingredient in the anti-aging category. Derived from vitamin A, they help to improve the appearance of aging signs and ward off acne and scarring. Additionally, they boost production of collagen and smooth the skin. Retinoids work by speeding up cell turnover and pumping circulation. Read our comprehensive guide to understanding retinoids here. We recommend the Obagi360 Retinol 0.5.
Broad Spectrum SPF
Our mothers have been telling us this for years, but some of us took longer to accept it: sunscreen is our skin’s best friend. The biggest foe to our skin and the main source of aging signs and damage are the sun’s UV rays. SPF is the ultimate preventer of wrinkling, sagging and sun spots. This should be applied daily, no matter the season nor the amount of time you plan on spending outside that day. For a long-lasting broad-spectrum SPF, check out the EltaMD UV Clear and UV Clear Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 46.
Antioxidants can fix and improve the appearance of the skin and signs of aging caused by environmental stressors and include vitamin C, vitamin E and Ferulic Acid. They turn harmful free radicals into harmless compounds, and they save cells from environmental damage. Antioxidants are the protectors of the skin and help prevent wrinkles and sun spots. For a potent antioxidant, we recommend the iS Clinical Super Serum Advance+.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
This miracle ingredient helps to smooth lines, fade blotches on the skin and make the skin glowy. AHAs are a natural way to exfoliate dead skin cell layers. The perfect wingman to the above ingredients as AHAs help speed up their work and efficiency. At the same time, this ingredient stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, while making the skin appear brighter. The SkinBetter Science AlphaRet Overnight Cream contains not only AHAs, but also a retinoid.
For more information, call 913-317-9386 or schedule a complimentary consultation for personal skincare recommendations with one of our aestheticians.