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Moisturizer selection for aging skin

Skin care products abound in the market from cleansers like washes and scrubs to moisturizers for the face and body.  It is probably moisturizers that garner the most attention since these skin care products have the potential to restore moisture to the skin and, in the process, make way for suppler, softer and smoother skin.

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How to reduce signs of skin aging

Only a small number of topical antioxidants have been shown in clinical trials to reduce signs of skin aging and wrinkles. Retinoic acid  (tretinoin) The most significant and well-researched topical anti-wrinkle agent. It is currently available only on prescription for treating established damage. Retinoic acid can also stimulate new collagen formation in the skin. The cosmetic effect of retinoic acid on skin is to reduce fine wrinkles, smooth rough skin and lighten brown spots. Retinoic acid also thins the top layer of your skin the stratum corneum, which leads to its ‘smoothing effects but it may result in increased water loss (dehydration). Tretinoin may also have a tendency to make skin light sensitive and should only be applied at night. It is essential that you use sunscreen and monitor skin dryness. Tretinoin should only be used under supervision. Retinol and retinal (vitamin A) These compounds are widely used in OTC skin creams. To become active they must be converted into retinoic acid.  This is a very inefficient process and so the activity of products containing retinol is far less than retinoic acid. For best results, select a product with a high-concentration of retinol or ones that have been specifically stabilized to prevent  degradation with light and time. Vitamin C Vitamin C is an antioxidant that also stimulates collagen production in the skin. When used topically Vitamin C provides a degree of...

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Moisturizing aging skin

We all know how our skin looks and feels when we are dehydrated, such as after a long plane journey. Maintaining adequate levels of moisture becomes increasingly important as we grow older, as aging skin is less able to retain fluid, leaving it more vulnerable to dehydration.

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Antioxidant defences for the aging skin

To retain its youthful appearance, our skin incorporates a number of antioxidant defenses. With age, these defenses become less effective. For example, our levels of co-enzyme Q10 decline from our mid-thirties onwards. This decline is fastest in those who repeatedly expose their skin to sun and smokers, who essentially age faster. Supplementing with specific antioxidants can help protect our skins from oxidative stress and be beneficial in slowing the external signs of aging. Antioxidants shown to improve the appearance of fine wrinkles and skin elasticity when taken as oral supplements include: Vitamin E Vitamin C – higher doses of...

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