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The Busy Girls Guide to Skin Care

We don’t need to visit a skin care consultant to become aware of our aging skin; we see those changes when we look in the mirror. As years progress, we notice more wrinkles, age spots and dryness, and become interested in products that will keep our skin looking fresh and younger.

One issue is whether over-the-counter (OTC) products work as well as professional skincare lines. It is a fact that OTC wrinkle creams contain lower concentrations of active ingredients than do professional creams. So results, if any, are limited and usually short-lived. In addition, visible improvements in skin health requires compliance and consistent daily use of products. In other words, it doesn’t help if products sit on your bathroom shelf! And remember, just because your friend swears by a product doesn’t mean it will work for you. No one product works the same for everyone. The effectiveness depends in part on the active ingredients. Here are some common
ingredients that may result in improvement in the appearance of aging skin:

• Retinol. Retinol is a vitamin A compound, the first antioxidant to be widely used
in nonprescription wrinkle creams. Antioxidants are substances that neutralize
free radicals — unstable oxygen molecules that break down skin cells and cause

• Vitamin C. Another potent antioxidant, vitamin C may help protect skin from sun
damage. Before and between uses, wrinkle creams containing vitamin C must be
stored in a way that protects them from air and sunlight.

• Hydroxy acids. Alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids (salicylic acid) and poly
hydroxy acids are exfoliants — substances that remove the upper layer of old,
dead skin and stimulate the growth of smooth, evenly pigmented new skin.

• Coenzyme Q10. This ingredient may help reduce fine wrinkles around the eyes
and protect the skin from sun damage.

• Peptides. This ingredient has been used in products for wound healing, stretch
marks and now wrinkles.

• Tea extracts. Green, black and oolong tea contain compounds with antioxidant
and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea extracts are the ones most
commonly found in wrinkle creams.

• Grape seed extract. In addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
properties, grape seed extract promotes wound healing.

• Niacinamide. A potent antioxidant, this substance is related to vitamin B-3
(niacin). It helps reduce water loss in the skin and may improve skin elasticity.
So what would a good anti-aging skin care plan include?

So what would a good anti-aging skin care plan include?

• Sun protection forms the foundation of every anti-aging skin-care plan. We have so
much evidence that the sun prematurely ages our skin that there is actually a word to
describe this effect called “photoaging.” There are many high-quality broad spectrum
30 SPF sunscreens with tint that have become very popular.

• Application of a good quality Vitamin C serum for protection.

• Treat your skin with products with professional strength Alphahydroxy Acids (AHAs),
like glycolic acid.

• Retinols products stimulate collagen production in the skin and speed up cell turnover
so that skin is younger-looking, healthier and smoother, making wrinkles less visible
on the surface.

• Regular use of moisturizer, on the most basic level, holds water in the outermost layer
of skin and offers benefits for the skin over the long haul.

• Take time for yourself and add a monthly facial with massage. It’s a great way to
reduce tension in the muscles that are linked to facial expression, and improves blood
flow to the skin.