As a licensed esthetician and skincare expert, Inspirations & Celebrations’ Beauty Contributor, Alana Mitchell, shares her expertise about different types of effective topical skin treatments that help slow down the process of skin aging.
We’re all continuously searching for the fountain of youth, whether that means looking younger, feeling younger, or for some of us, both. Fighting the battle against aging is not a novel concept, especially as technology and science have evolved to bring us the latest and greatest in anti-aging topical skin treatments.
Effective Topical Skin Treatments For Youthful Skin
According to the National Center for Biotechnology (NCBI), healthy skin provides a barrier that protects against dehydration and penetration of various microorganisms that aid the aging process (irritants, allergens, radation, etc.). Daily skin care can increase skin regeneration, elasticity, smoothness, and result in temporarily changing the skin condition to help you have a leg up on the aging front.
Though skin aging is a normal, natural human condition, that doesn’t mean you have to simply sit back and let nature take its course. There are a variety of topical skin treatments, both over-the-counter and DIY, you can try at home to help prevent or delay those fine lines and wrinkles!
You’ve probably heard of collagen when it comes to anti-aging treatments. Collagen is actually a protein found in the human body, most prominently in our skin, bones, muscles, and blood flow. Collagen is what keeps our skin elastic and aids in replacing dead skin cells. Unfortunately, as we age we produce less collagen naturally.
You can boost collagen naturally by eating foods like blueberries, dark, leafy greens, garlic, and eggs. These superfoods contain the vitamins and minerals collagen needs in order to produce. Avocado oil can be used as a natural topical treatment to help boost collagen, and it works just as well if ingested.
If you’re looking for an over-the-counter skincare cream, find one that contains peptides. These anti-aging properties help skin heal and are instrumental in increasing skin cells which produces more collagen. As for something you can do on your own without the help of cream, the NCBI recommends reducing skin exposure to UV rays because this inhibits collagen production.
Tretinoin, a medication used to treat acne, was also the first retinoid approved by the FDA to treat fine lines and wrinkles, according to the University of Michigan Health System. Prescription strength retinoid works by increasing collagen production, while also stimulating blood vessels in the skin. This gives your skin a rosy appearance and fades age spots.
Over-the-counter topical skin treatments can also improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin. Using them along with products that have alpha-hydroxy acids may provide even more skin-smoothing effects. A good example of an effective product is the Dermaquest Retinol Peptide Youth Serum, which combines the power of retinoids with peptides for a rejuvenating, anti-aging treatment for your skin.
Perhaps a lesser-known anti-aging ingredient, but equally as potent in anti-aging treatments, is hyaluronic acid. This is a substance that is naturally present in our bodies, and found in high concentrations in our eyes and joints, which is why people often take hyaluronic acid for joint disorders like arthritis.
It also acts as a healing agent for skin and is often used for healing wounds and burns. The anti-aging benefits of hyaluronic acid in topical skin treatments are aplenty. You can find it in many anti-aging moisturizers, eye creams, and facial masks on the market, and it is also often used in a plastic surgeon’s office in the form of facial and lip fillers.
As noted above, a variety of factors cause skin to begin aging at an accelerated rate. According to research, a large part of the premature skin aging process is a direct result of something called “free radical activity” in our bodies.
Free radicals are molecules produced by environmental exposures, like tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals are also produced when your body is breaking down food. Where do antioxidants come in? Well, they are naturally occurring substances that can provide protection against the damage of free radicals, especially in the skin.
Antioxidants contain vitamins (such as vitamins C and E), some minerals (like selenium), and flavonoids, which are found in plants. The best sources of antioxidants can be found in the produce section of your favorite grocery store in the form of fruits and vegetables! You can also buy antioxidant supplements as well, in addition to antioxidant-rich skincare treatments.
Vitamins C, B3, and E are the most important antioxidants because of their ability to penetrate the skin. Vitamin C in particular is effective in anti-aging, because it induces the production of collagen. For the best in antioxidants, look for creams or moisturizers or serums that contain vitamins C, B3 and E, lycopene, green tea, or grapeseed.
If you’re looking for an anti-aging topical treatment that is a little lighter on chemicals or synthetics, you can make your own all natural version! Using almond oil, virgin coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter can also help break down free radicals while also treating your skin to rejuvenation and hydration. They also provide a pleasing, natural scent and can be combined easily.
Though skin aging is a normal, natural human condition, there are a variety of topical skin treatments, both over-the-counter and DIY, you can try at home to help prevent or delay those fine lines and wrinkles.
To learn more about how you can reverse the visible signs of aging and get beautiful, youthful skin, check out the Skincare section on Inspirations & Celebrations.
BEAUTY CONTRIBUTOR: Alana Mitchell
For over 14 years, Alana Mitchell (a licensed esthetician, beauty & skincare blogger, and mother of two), has sold over 300 lines of the highest of quality skincare lines through her store skincarebyalana.com. As a beauty contributor to Inspirations & Celebrations, Alana shares her insight and knowledge about skincare, personal care, and body treatments.
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