Age-Defying Ingredients Help Keep Skin Looking Fresh and Radiant

     Facials that are incorporated with potent ingredients that help erase fine lines, plump sagging skin, and restore a youthful glow can relieve you of those self-conscious feelings about your crow’s feet and dark spots.

     A favorite at spas and dermatology practices alike are vitamins.  Vitamins are often incorporated into anti-aging products and treatments because of their complexion-enhancing abilities.  Following, are a few of those favorites.  Retin-A and its gentler cousin retinol (both forms of vitamin A) are typically added to acid peels to enhance their sloughing effect, although they are notorious for leaving users susceptible to sunburn.  Meanwhile, vitamin C – often applied as a facial serum – is loaded with anti-oxidants effective in fighting environmental damage.  For any anti-aging regimentthe three most popular recommendations are Retin-A (only available from dermatologist) or retinol, vitamin C and a sunscreen.

     Acids are another category of tried and true age-fighters.  Hyaluronic acid kicks up moisture retention in cells, causing visible pluming and luminosity, while glycolic acid reduces the appearance of fine lines and age spots.  For a natural approach, opt for acid-rich fruit enzymes like apple, grape, and pineapple, to name a few.  These are often used in serums, masques, and peels to promote cell turnover and renewal, brightening and firming crepey, sagging, or discolored skin.

     Additional natural healing can be found in the ocean.  Antioxidant-rich seaweed, algae, and kelp are typically freeze-dried, powdered, blended with oil or water, then applied as a masque to hydrate and detoxify skin.  Algae is exceptionally effective in delivering essential fatty acids for collagen production and cell renewal.  When used topically, thise nutrients are also absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the dermis, aiding the regeneration of skin cells from the inside out.  Our bodies are familiar with calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, and the percentages of these vitamins and minerals are already in perfect balance in algae.  It’s like taking vitamins.

     Protein rich caviar takes the marine element even further, boosting skin elasticity and firmness by nourishing cells with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, proteins, and lipids.  It is most often administered in extract form and combined with other age-defying elements for maximum effect.

     In the jewels sector, pearls have essential minerals that are believed to promote cell renewal and elasticity, while diamonds can be finely ground and used as an exfoliator.

     Of course, an anti-aging facial, no matter how extraordinary, isn’t likely to be a permanent fix.  But it just may give you the beauty boost you need to stop obsessing about your flaws and feel confident in front of a mirror, regardless of age.