Anti-Aging All-Stars: Key Ingredients for Younger Skin

Anti-aging products and treatments aren’t just for older people. Many of us begin turning to anti-aging products when we enter our 30s when we begin to notice the first signs of aging. Many products tout the ability to reverse the signs of aging and reveal a more youthful complexion. However, in reality, there’s only one ingredient that lives up to its anti-aging reputation: Vitamin A.

What is Vitamin A? Put simply: Vitamin A is a wonder ingredient that allows people to get visible results without going under the knife. As researchers discovered in the 1960s, Vitamin A encourages rapid cell renewal. Since it's so essential to one's overall health, the body readily absorbs it. As we age, cell renewal slows down. While the cells in a baby regenerate in less than a month, the process takes much longer for someone in their 60s. Due to slower cell renewal, our skin begins to appear dull and we notice more dark spots and sagging. Sun damage appears when we reach our 30s and 40s; earlier if we have fair skin. Vitamin A reverses the signs of premature aging, including dark spots and sagging, especially when it penetrates beneath the surface of the skin. Early on, Vitamin A treatments were expensive and only available through a doctor. In response to growing consumer demand, cosmetics companies developed the Vitamin A derivative Retinol. Today's Vitamin A products are suitable for most skin types. The key is to get the right formulation for your skin type and needs.

A note about anti-aging Vitamin A-based products…

The effectiveness of a product depends on the percentage of Vitamin A in the product and the mechanism for delivering it to the skin. The ingredient list of a product will help you decipher how much Vitamin A or Retinol is in the formula. Ingredients are listed by concentration, from most to least, on the label of the product. If Vitamin A is listed toward the bottom of the list, it contains a small amount. In contrast, if it's one of the top ingredients listed, the formula contains a higher concentration of Vitamin A. Additionally, a delivery mechanism, such as the inclusion of alpha hydroxy acid, helps Vitamin A reach the deeper layers of your skin. Products that contain both high percentage of Vitamin A and a delivery mechanism are sure to deliver the anti-aging results you desire.

Products to add to your skincare routine

If you’re just starting out with Vitamin A and anti-aging treatments, use a Level 1 product, which contains a lower amount of Vitamin A.  This will allow you to build up to tolerate a higher concentration. Here are a few to add to your skincare routine:
Level 1
  CosMedix Define contains retinol as well as AGP,  the delivery mechanism that’s also found in red wine. Define also contains alpha hydroxy acids that help the cream absorb easily into the skin. Use a chickpea-size at a time for best results. If you’re prone to dryness, use it every third night to start, and work up to using it daily. CosMedix Serum 16 is designed for people with dry skin. It’s the latest innovation in Vitamin A and allows more skin types to experience the benefits. Since it's absorbed below the surface of the skin, Serum 16 delivers a potent dose of anti-aging treatment that heals from within.
Level 2
Level 2 Products have a higher concentration of Vitamin A and are ideal for people with more extensive damage. This includes people with acne scars, severe sun damage, and well-defined lines. In most cases, you’ll move to this level after using products with a low percentage of Vitamin A for 12 weeks. Using concentrated products before then may cause skin irritation and excessive dryness. Vitamin C boosts the benefits of Vitamin A. Not only does it brighten the skin, it’s also essential for collagen production. CosMedix Pure C is a powder that can be readily mixed with your Vitamin A products. A small pinch goes a long way to help your skin rediscover its youthful glow. If you want to treat and prevent lines and begin reversing the signs of aging, the CosMedix Age-Defying Skin 4-Piece Essentials Kit to get started. It features four anti-aging products, including Serum 16 mentioned above, formulated to boost skin cell renewal.

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