6 Ingredients Your Skin Loves – And Which Skin Care Products Have Them

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Find out which nutrients keep skin looking its best.

 

Science tells us why skin wrinkles, loses shape and gets blotchy with age.

Sun damage usually does the most to age the skin. The UV rays from too much exposure break down collagen — the support structure for skin.

Damage also comes from toxins, environmental pollution and poor food choices. As our bodies break down foods high in sugar and chemicals (most processed foods!), a torrent of free radicals is unleashed. These unbalanced molecules change the structure of nearby cells by breaking off the particles they need.

Unless we help, this damage can outpace the body’s ability to repair it — which is a job for antioxidants. Without enough antioxidants — found in healthy foods and the right skin care products — damage becomes visible over time, in ways that age us: more wrinkles, age spots and loose skin.

Which Skin Care Products Ingredients Matter?

The quality of your skin care products can make a real difference to help rejuvenate your skin.

Not all products contain the ingredients that improve skin health. Here are 6 important ingredients that help your skin regain and keep its healthy, younger-looking properties. And you’ll find links to formulations that we have selected to help replenish the ingredients that help your skin look its healthiest and best.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a vital part of healthy skin. As an antioxidant, it reduces cell damage from sun exposure and from free radicals. It also helps the body make collagen – the most common protein in the body. Collagen provides a structure for growth of new cells in healing and helps the stay firm and keep its shape.

In skin care formulas, Vitamin C helps reduce skin wrinkling and decrease damage to collagen. When used for at least 12 weeks, it can help stimulate collagen production, and help the skin appear smoother. Dr. Keller’s formulations balance the correct amount of vitamin C with other ingredients in these products (see links for details):

Retinol

Retinol is one form of Vitamin A. At first it was called the “anti-infective vitamin” because of its role in the immune system. It helps reduce the formation of cancer cells in the skin, breast and other organs. It also helps regulate over 500 genes involved in differentiating cells and making proteins.

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that helps rejuvenate skin. Skin creams with the right formulation of retinol, in the right concentration, help restore elasticity, and reduce wrinkles, and dark spots caused by sun exposure. Too much can cause redness and peeling, so using the correct formula is important, such as these:

Green Tea

The flavonoids in green tea protect and help rejuvenate the skin. Flavinoids are named for the Latin flavus, for “yellow,” their natural color. Many are antioxidants, reducing cellular damage from unstable molecules called free radicals.

Studies find that skin treated with formulas containing green tea is more resistant to sun damage. When applied to the skin, it also helps reduce inflammation and reduce fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. You can find green tea preparations for skin in these skincare formulas:

Ceremides

Ceremides are vital to the skin’s role as a barrier. The word comes from cera, Latin for wax. They are found in the cell membranes, and in the coating on the skin of newborn babies.

Ceramides help the skin retain moisture, while keeping out infection.   As we age, ceramide levels in the skin go down. They can be replenished through well-formulated skin care products such as these:

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in red grapes, berries, peanuts and red wine. It has been found to aid in the therapy of skin conditions, especially in helping the body defend against the damage of UV radiation from too much sun exposure. UV radiation is linked with the breakdown of the elastic proteins in the skin, and increased incidence of skin cancer.

Studies show that resveratrol, when used regularly in a skin treatment plan, can help skin regain elasticity, decrease age spots and reduce acne. A skin care formula with resveratrol:

Gylcolic Acid

Glycolic acid cleans and exfoliates the skin. A correct formula safely removes dead outer layer of skin, which sends a message to the live cells below to build more collagen. This reveals the healthy glow of your complexion from the well-nourished, skin underneath.

As a cleanser, glycolic acid reduces the discoloration of acne and age spots.

Skincare products with safe glycolic acid formulations are:

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