Top 10 Anti-Aging Skin Products for 2014
1) Retonic Acid
What it is: A highly active form of vitamin A.
What it does: At this time, retinol is the only FDA approved skin topical for wrinkles and is considered the gold standard cosmeceutical. Retinols are powerful exfoliants that encourage the skin to shed dead and problematic layers and turn over younger, healthier cells. Retinols also increase the production of collagen, making skin more supple and smooth and can reverse past DNA damage. Using retinols can improve the firmness of skin, reverse signs of sun and environmental damage, treat acne and reduce hyper-pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. It’s no wonder retinols have long been touted as a skincare miracle.
When it comes to acne, retinol is also extremely effective because it helps acne by unclogging pores, controlling oil production, and preventing acne from forming. Retinol products are also excellent to help treat hyperpigmentation caused by acne breakouts. We rank prescription strength Retinol (.1%) as the top antiaging skin topical.
What we recommend: Ageless Medical .1% Tretinoin (prescription only)
2) Vitamin C
What it is: Vitamin C is a very potent antioxidant.
What it does: When stable Vitamin C is applied to your skin it is a protector against sun damage created by UVB and UVA sunlight damage. Topical Vitamin C augments your skins ability to neutralize past free radical damage. Used appropriately Vitamin C is also an excellent healer as Vitamin C is a stimulant to wound healing. Scientific studies show that Vitamin C used on a daily basis has increased elasticity in the skin by 14%. Besides being the most effective skin anti-oxidant, an anti-inflammatory and a collagen stimulator, Vitamin C also hydrates your skin. Both Vitamin C and Retinol work synergistically by helping to shed the outer layer of dead skin and sending a signal to the deeper layers of skin to “activate” thus building more collagen. We have seen that patients who combine these 2 active serums get excellent results.
What we recommend: Ageless Medical’s Vitamin C serum that is also combined with B5, B3 and Vitamin E.
What it is: Peptides are segments of active proteins that communicate with cells and instruct them to behave in certain ways. In the skin, peptides may signal elastin production (elastin helps skin “bounce back”) or prompt skin to heal itself after a wound.
What it does: The peptides used in anti-aging products enter skin cells and instruct them to do certain things such as (surprise, surprise) produce collagen, alleviate redness or signal muscles to relax, thereby minimizing wrinkles. One common peptide found in skincare products is ‘palmitoyl pentapeptide’ which has been shown effective in fighting wrinkles. There are other peptides that don’t directly stimulate your skin to do anything, but because they are so small they can penetrate deep into the layers and act as a delivery mechanism for other ingredients. Copper peptides, for example, bring molecules of copper deep into the skin where it can improve wound healing from the inside out.
What we recommend: Ageless Medical Dermavio with Resveratrol Cream is the latest innovation for the reduction of wrinkles. Resveratrol Peptide Complex combines the natural anti-oxidant properties of Resveratrol with six of the most potent peptides currently available to address the effects of aging on the skin.
4) Hyaluronic Acid
What it is: A naturally occurring substance in the human body that regulates cell renewal, lubricates connective tissue and maintains skin’s moisture and elasticity.
What it does: When used topically, hyaluronic acid creates a moisture barrier on the skin, helping to make it smoother and softer. This ingredient is able to hold up to 1000x its own weight in water, thus producing amazing benefits for dehydrated skin. As an injectable, hyaluronic acid works as a plumper, filling wrinkles and fine lines. Because it is already naturally present in our bodies, hyaluronic acid is a safer alternative to synthetic ingredients and is less likely to be rejected as a foreign substance. The molecule, however, is quite large and can’t fully penetrate the outer layers of the skin to fill wrinkles when used topically.
What we recommend: Ageless Medical Penetrating Squalene & Hyaluronic Spheres. (Penetrating Squalene and Hyaluronic Spheres also promotes the synthesis of new collagen while providing intense moisturization)
5) Niacinamide (B3)
What is it: Niacinamide is the biologically active form of niacin, Vitamin B3.
What it does: Niacinamide increases your skins moisture barrier repair and ceramide so you have less water loss, giving your skin a dewy youthful look. Studies have shown it to be useful in increasing synthesis of collagen and lipids, inhibiting the transfer of melanosomes while decreasing inflammation. Topical niacinamide has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of papular and pustular acne. Niacinamide is also an amazing antioxidant for anti- aging because research shows that B3 improves the function of the skin and helps to prevent many of the signs of premature aging. Niacinamode also smooths wrinkles, boosts skin elasticity, reduces sallowness, fades age spots and discolorations and helps to fight acne.
What we recommend: Ageless Medical’s Vitamin C Serum with B3 (Also contains vitamin C, B5, and E)
What is it: Hydroquinone is a prescription only skin-lightening agent.
What it does: Hydroquinone lightens areas of darkened skin such as freckles, melasma, age spots, and acne scars. Hydroquinone works by decreasing the production and increasing the breakdown of melanosomes (melanin pigment granules) in the skin’s pigment cells (melanocytes). It does this by inhibiting the activity of tyrosinase, the enzyme needed to make melanin. In most cases, lightening of skin should be seen after 4 weeks of treatment.
What we recommend: Ageless Medical 4% Hydroquinone (prescription only)
7) Cleansers & Toners
What is it: Cleansers are used to remove oils and dirt that are present on the face. Toner balances your Ph level and removes any residue left from cleanser.
What it does: A facial cleanser helps keep skin clean by removing dirt, sweat, excess sebum (oils naturally produced by the skin), cosmetics, dead skin cells, bacteria, and any pollutants that come in contact with your skin. Cleansers are gentler than soap, which may clean your skin but may also remove too much of the natural oils that help keep your skin hydrated.
A toner on the other hand is used to balances the Ph levels that are present in the skin. Sometimes it’s antibacterial or has alcohol in it to kill and remove all germs that cause future breakouts. It also is used to unclog pores and shrink them too. People with extremely oily or acne-prone skin and those of us who want extra cleansing after wearing a lot of makeup should use a toner, but for others it may not be a necessary step.
What we recommend: AHA Cleanser & CoQ10 Antioxidant Toner
What is it: Sun Protection Factor. Protection for your skin when exposed to the sun.
What it does: SPF’s offer temporary protection from the sun’s harmful rays. You must use a sunscreen with broad-spectrum or multi-spectrum protection for both UVB and UVA. Ingredients with broad-spectrum protection will contain benzophenones (oxybenzone), sulisobenzone, salicylates, cinnamates (octylmethyl cinnamate & cinoxate), titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone (Parsol 1789) and ecamsule (Mexoryl SX). Choose a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher for UVB protection. SPF rates how effective the sunscreen is in preventing sunburn that is caused by UVB rays. We recommend a SPF of 30+ or higher if you have fair skin or a history of skin cancer. Remember that SPF 30 is not twice as strong as SPF 15. SPF 15 filters out 93% of UVB, whereas SPF 30 filters out 97%, so although only a slight improvement this added protection is still very important to the health of your skin.
Without applying adequate SPF during sun exposure, the effectiveness of all other skin products are greatly diminished.
What we recommend: SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense 50
9) Skin Moisturizers
What is it: Hydrates and protects your skin.
What it does: The top layer of the epidermis – the stratum corneum – plays a key role in helping contain moisture within the skin. Normally up to 15% of the stratum corneum consists of water. When the moisture content of the stratum corneum falls below 10% the skin appears dry and flaky, further drying can lead to reduced flexibility cracking and wrinkles. Moisturizer can play a key role in both adding water to the skin and keeping it hydrated. Humectants/moisturizers suck water into the skin and squalene is an occulsive that keeps the water in the skin.
Most facial moisturizers are made up of oil-in-water emulsions consisting of tiny droplets of oil held in a watery base. In order to help keep water in the skin, moisturizers contain substances called humectants. These are substances that are capable of attracting water and help to conserve the water in the skin. One of the oldest and best examples is glycerin, sometimes called glycerol. This has been the standard humectant for many decades based on its excellent safety record.In the case of older or dry skin, the skin cells are being shed too fast. Rather than being shed individually these come off in clumps that look like white flakes. Consistent application of a moisturizer increases the water content and normalizes cell turnover.
What we recommend: Protective and Hydrating Lipids and Skin Medica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer
What is it: A powerful antioxidant.
What it does: Found in Red Wine and derived from the skin of grapes, Resveratrol is considered one of the latest and most effective anti-aging ingredients. Containing powerful anti-oxidant properties, Resveratol effectively flushes out toxins from your body, resulting in a healthier more youthful look. It is also widely known that Resveratrol offers anti-inflammatory benefits, combating one of the main causes of cellular aging throughout the body.
What we recommend: Ageless Medical Dermavio with Resveratrol
At Ageless Medical, we provide advanced, FDA-approved aesthetic treatments to help you defy aging while maintaining a natural appearance. In our luxurious, state-of-the-art spa atmosphere, our experienced medical practitioners have safely performed cosmetic treatments for more than a decade for thousands of satisfied patients in South Florida. We stay on top of the latest, most effective, research proven technologies and treatments that allow patients to reverse the signs of aging and meet aesthetic goals.