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Turning back time: peptides and other powerful ingredients in anti-aging cosmetics
Turning back time: peptides and other powerful ingredients in anti-aging cosmetics

The choice and purchase of funds with an anti-aging effect must be approached with all responsibility. You don't want to throw your money away, do you? The desired result will depend not only on the quality, but also on the components that make up the cream or serum. What should you look for when choosing skin care? We invite you to familiarize yourself with the most powerful ingredients in anti-aging cosmetics.

Turning back time: peptides and other powerful ingredients in anti-aging cosmetics
Turning back time: peptides and other powerful ingredients in anti-aging cosmetics

1. Peptides

Peptide cosmetics or, as it is called, "cosmetics of the future" is one of the most promising trends in modern cosmetology. Kristina Kozhina, Ph. D., cosmetologist-dermatologist, expert at Premierpharm, spoke about the role of Cosmo peptides.

“These molecules have the ability to penetrate deep into the skin. And most importantly, they are able to influence the functional activity of cells. That is, with the help of peptides, it is possible to control the processes occurring in the skin (including aging). They give the body's cells a command to "remember" their young state and can start the processes of cellular rejuvenation.

What are the peptides in the cream capable of affecting? They improve the quality of the skin, increase firmness, elasticity and natural antioxidant defense mechanisms, reduce inflammatory reactions and stimulate regeneration processes. Some peptides are able to improve microcirculation and have a lymphatic drainage effect. Peptides stimulate the synthesis of proteins - collagen and elastin, due to which the skin looks younger, becomes smooth, elastic, moisturized again, and the depth of wrinkles decreases. Currently, peptides are considered the most promising components of cosmetics not only to combat age-related changes, but also to prevent skin aging."

2. Antioxidants

Some of the most effective ingredients in anti-aging cosmetics are antioxidants. Numerous scientific studies have proven that they actually work. Antioxidants work inward. They protect cells from damage and inhibit irreversible aging processes. An important point: do not expect instant results from them, antioxidants have a cumulative effect!

It is worth noting that the most effective formulas of creams include several antioxidants at once (about 5-7).

3. AHA acids

Alpha hydroxy acids are biological substances that are found in natural products: sugar cane, fruits, milk, wine. ANA is one of the most popular ingredients in beauty products.

Apple, lactic, glycolic, tartaric, lemon - products with alpha hydroxy acids will make your skin glow and smoothen wrinkles over time. Pay attention to the following points.

  • Use AHA products on days when you are not using retinoids. By the way, retinoids (derivatives of vitamin A) are also effective in the fight against wrinkles, skin aging and pigmentation.
  • Usually, AHA acids are not recommended to be used simultaneously with peptides.
  • Low AHA concentrations accelerate skin renewal and enhance the effectiveness of other cosmetic products.

4. Hyaluronic acid

Keeping moisture in skin cells is the main task of hyaluronic acid. That is why many associate it exclusively with hydration. And this is quite justified, because one molecule of hyaluronic acid attracts and retains water molecules, which are a thousand times larger than its own mass.

The bonus effect of intense hydration is wrinkle smoothing. Thanks to its effect, the face acquires an even color, tone, and the skin looks fresher and more youthful. As we get older, the number of hyaluronic acid molecules decreases, resulting in a loss of moisture and elasticity. Then comes the "finest hour" of hyaluronic-based products!

By the way, hyaluronic acid works both on the surface of the skin and in deep layers - this fact has been experimentally proven after much debate.

5. Collagen

Collagen is an essential protein in the body, which is responsible for the condition of the skin, its elasticity, moisture, smoothness and tone. Collagen is native, soluble, and hydrolyzed.

The appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin after 30 years is largely due to a decrease in collagen synthesis. In addition, with age, collagen fibers become coarser and thicker, losing their former elasticity.

That is why creams with collagen in the composition are so popular: they do not penetrate the skin (due to the large size of the molecule), but perfectly perform their functions on the surface, leveling the relief, attracting moisture and visually rejuvenating the face.

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