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Anti-Aging Skin Care Products: Do They Really Work?

Many factors cause our skin to age including the environment (cumulative effects of exposure to sunlight) and physical changes in the structure of the skin. Regardless of the nature of these changes, it is common for us to want to look as good as we can. This desire to maintain a youthful look has created a tremendous demand for anti-aging skin care products. Anti-aging skin care products are predominantly focused on women, but products specifically targeting men are increasingly common. Men are adopting habits and adding products to their grooming arsenal to cheat the aging process and keep their skin in prime condition.



Anti-aging skin care has become a big business with an endless number of companies promoting products claiming to Anti-aging skin carerestore your youthful look.  With so many choices, shopping for these products can be an overwhelming and confusing experience.  In addition, anti-aging skin care products are not subject for approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so there’s no guarantee that any over-the counter cosmetic products are effective.  The term “clinically proven” means that the product was given to consumers to try and does not mean the product underwent clinical trials and received FDA approval.  This makes it difficult to evaluate which products are most effective but the American Academy of Dermatology does offer insider tips to select anti-aging skin care products, such as:

·         Start with sunscreen and moisturizer.  These are the two most important anti-aging products you can buy.  The sunscreen should be broad spectrum, waterproof, and an SPF of 30 or higher.  An anti-aging moisturizer helps minimize fine lines and is the secret ingredient in many anti-aging products.  A combination sunscreen/moisturizer product is fine as long as the sunscreen meets the above recommendations.

·         Treat your #1 aging skin concern, whether it is wrinkles, age spots, dryness or another issue. Start with one product because using several products at the same time can irritate your skin.  No one product can treat all signs of aging skin.

·         Buy a product formulated for your skin type.  If you have oily, dry, or sensitive skin, buy the appropriate product to address your skin type.

·         Read product labels and select products that offer the following:

Ø  Hypoallergenic – the product can still cause an allergic reaction but there is be a reduced risk

Ø  Non-cosmedogenic or non-acnegenic  - does not cause acne

Ø  Consumer hotline – for contacting the company with questions

·         Have realistic expectations – if the product claim sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  It is important to remember that anti-aging skin care products deliver modest results.

·         Select a product within your price range.  A higher price does not equate to a more effective product.

·         Give it time to work – it could take 6-8 weeks or longer to see results.  Continued use is required if you want to see continued results.

            Finally, here are a few more tips to making the trip to the local drugstore to purchase anti-aging products slightly easier:

·         Stick with products and brands that are reputable.  Well-known manufacturers have more money for product testing.

·         Active ingredients in anti-aging skin products are divided into categories:

Ø  Antioxidants – can reduce harmful effective of free radical damage to cells.  Examples include Retinol, vitamins A, C & E, green tea, and ferulic acid

Ø  Peptides – smaller proteins that promote the production of collagen and thicken the skin.  An example is copper peptides.

Ø  Growth factors – compounds that act as chemical messengers between cells and play a role in the production and distribution of collagen and elastic.  Kinetin is one example of a plant growth factor.

·         For day, wear sunscreen and consider using products with antioxidants because they have sun-protection properties.  For evening, use products that contain retinoids, peptides, or growth factors for their repair properties.

·         For specific product recommendations, talk with a dermatologist.

            If you would like additional information on this topic or have questions about other aging issues, contact me at


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