A younger looking skin is everyone’s never-ending desire, and so are the infinite number of anti-aging products in the market. Cosmeceuticals give way to a newly introduced skin care practice, based exclusively on science and technology. This term was coined by a very renowned dermatologist Albert Kligman in the year 1970. The mix of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals together makes COSMECEUTICALS, which has now become a budding trend.
It is essential to know your cosmeceuticals before you make them a part of your daily make-up routine. Hence, we take this opportunity to list-down some of the ingredients that are present in most of the anti-aging cosmeceuticals.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a very important element of the skin and we are sure you are aware of this fact. It has varied benefits and this the reason behind it being a popular anti-aging ingredient. It is used in numerous skin care products or cosmeceuticals for mainly its protective effects against photoaging.
Vitamin C is present in many active forms and these are the forms which are being used widely nowadays. Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is a derivative of vitamin C which is twisted and turned using some other ingredients to increase its stability (pure vitamin C is easily degraded) and also enhance its ability to be transported throughout the skin.
Humectants are ingredients that when mixed with the other ingredients of a cosmetic product can help keep the skin moisturized. This substance has the capability to absorb moisture from the air. When there is less loss of water from the skin, the appearance of fine lines and premature wrinkles gets delayed.
Compounds that are derived from Vitamin A are called retinoids and these are usually found in food that are originally from animals. Many skin disorders are treated using retinols. Its best for treating skin aging issues. When retinoid is tropically used, it penetrates deep inside the skin to increase the turnover of cells. This leads to epidermis renewal and a boost in collagen production. Retinoids are not favourable for pregnant women. They should stay away from cosmetics having retinoid as it can be hazardous.
- Mandelic acid
This acid promotes cell renewal. Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that we get from the bitter almonds. This ingredient works on the skin by improving its texture and tone. Using a cosmetic with mandelic acid gives you a healthy glow and also inhibits melanin levels for a flawless skin tone.
A water-soluble amide of nicotinic acid that is very good for your skin is Niacinamide. It is known by a few more names, namely Vitamin B3 and nicotinamide. It can boost the immunity of the skin, improve epidermal barrier performance so as to avoid moisture loss, improves unevenness and redness of the skin, controls oil flow, protects skin from infrared light, reduces hyper-pigmentation and diminishes lines and wrinkles. Niacinamide is also known to boost collagen production, making it a vital ingredient in cosmeceuticals for anti-aging. Niacinamide leaves the skin bright, smooth and silky after continued use.
We encourage you to look for ingredients that are completely natural and organically-sourced (plant-derived sources). Cosmeceuticals are another remarkable feat in cosmetic science that can turn back the clock on aging skin.