Most Effective Anti-Aging Ingredients

Ingredients really are key when deciding what to use in terms of anti-aging skin care. I was the director of marketing for a skin care company at one point in my career, and had to learn about anti-aging ingredients, what they do, and why they work. So, I highly recommend reading the ingredients when choosing an anti-aging product, before shelling out a bunch of cash for a product that claims to have dramatic anti-aging results. Here's what to look for on those small-print labels:

1) Peptides - What peptides do is re-build collagen. They wake up the skin and increase protein synthesis and collagen production, thereby plumping the skin throughout the layers, making skin more supple, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Peptide molecules have names like Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Oligopeptide, or Acetyl Hexapeptide-8.

2) Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid) – a component of connective tissue whose function is to cushion and lubricate. Hyaluronic acid plays an integral role in maintaining and regulating moisture within the tissues and facilitates the transport of nutrients into the cells and the removal of metabolic waste. Sodium hyaluronate is great because it holds moisture into your skin by collecting it from the air, so your skin is continually moist and plumped throughout the day.

3) Squalane – a plant derived ingredient that keeps moisture from escaping while helping skin maintain its supple appearance. It not only provides hydration, but it also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines due to its antioxidant properties.

4) Shea butter - is a superfood for your skin! Here's what it does: wrinkle, fine lines and scar repair, high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, deeply moisturizing, protects and strengthens the skin, protects against UV rays, and stimulates collagen production.

5) Vitamin C - It sounds really basic, but vitamin C is especially great for your skin as an anti-aging ingredient. It's an important antioxidant that helps build collagen, reduces inflammation, and promotes elasticity to plump up skin. It is vital in the regeneration of cells that have undergone radiation from the sun. Look for "L-ascorbic acid" in the ingredient list, as this is the fancy term for vitamin C.

Some products I've found that contain many of these ingredients:

And best of luck to you in the battle against wrinkles!