The 5 best anti-aging ingredients you need to know about


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While we all know that lines and wrinkles in our skin is a fact of aging, it doesn't mean we can't slow down the aging process. Every day, scientists are learning more about our skin and what happens to it as we age. Today, they're using this knowledge to create better skin care products, which include the following anti-aging ingredients found in skin care products today.


1. Padina pavonica

While brown algae found in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean may not seem like something you would want on your face, the extract from padina pavonica actually helps strengthen your skin and support cell structure. In Malta, special underwater farms were created so that padina pavonica could be grown and harvested year round. Once divers hand-pick these fan-shaped algae, a purified extract is created that not only helps skin's metabolism, but also encourages the production of Glycosaminoglucan molecules (GAGs), which are responsible for the firmness and elasticity of your skin.

While your skin naturally produces GAGs every day, the aging process can slow this production down, which results in fine line and wrinkles. Since padina pavonica stimulates what your body naturally produces, skin cells respond quickly to this treatment and leaves behind visible results.

For the best concentration of padina pavonica, use the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. This treatment cream reduces the depth of fine lines and wrinkles, while it hydrates and moisturizes the skin.


2. Plant stem cells

Stem cells have always fascinated scientists because they can replenish themselves through self-renewal and have an almost limitless ability to divide. By studying the stem cells of plants, scientists have discovered that they can restore and protect collagen in the skin.


Edelweiss extract is a centuries-old medicine that prevents the development of oxides that contribute to the aging process. It is derived from the Edelweiss flower, which grows at high altitudes in the Swiss Alps. Due to the harsh climate of this environment, the flower must produce substances to protect it from harmful elements, such as UV rays.

For hundreds of years, people have believed that edelweiss possesses positive health and beauty properties. Modern research has reinforced this belief and proved that the flower does indeed possess leontopodic acids, chlorogenic acid and several other ingredients that can lead to healthier, younger looking skin.

Products like eye and lip contour creams are products that have active plant stem cells to help fight vertical lip lines and dry skin around the eyes. Simply apply morning and night for renewed and hydrated skin.


3. Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite has many benefits. It is a mineral that's rich in manganese carbonate, which is necessary for the synthesis of protein in the skin. In spite of the fact that it's typically red, it can also come in shades of brown and pink. It was first found in Romania, although today it's also mined in Argentina and Colorado.

However, the reason it's beneficial to the skin is because it's a trace mineral that's required for all known living organisms. When it's applied, it soothes the skin and encourages the production of elastin and collagen, as well as fights against free radicals. It also helps protect the skin against the damaging and aging effects of UVA sun rays.

Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Serum products not only have the purest concentration of the previously mentioned padina pavonica, it also has rhodochrosite to improve natural skin cell defense and enhance skin cell performance. Once the skin is clean, simply apply a small amount to see instantly firmer skin and a reduction in wrinkles and fine lines.


4. Protease

Proteases are an assorted group of enzymes that offer essential functions that many living organisms, including animals and plants, need to survive. In humans, the activities of proteases include the digestion of food and blood clotting. Additionally, proteases are involved in maintaining healthy skin.

Eliminate signs of aging

Signs of aging are generally caused by cellular buildup. While exfoliation is vital to maintaining healthy skin, it can cause irritation that may be damaging to sensitive skin. Proteolytic enzymes can be used to create smoother and healthier-looking skin. This is because they selectively digest only the dead or diseased material without damaging the healthy cells.

There are many factors that cause the skin to lose its ability to self-repair. These include such outside factors  as aggressive exfoliation and harsh topical creams, as well as internal factors like skin disorders and aged skin. When skin can no longer repair itself, it becomes dry, flaky and stiff. However, when proteases are included in a skincare product, these effects diminish. Proteases are also shown to help improve cell renewal in skin.

Protease is found in Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Washes. This facial wash gently washes away dead skin cells that can dull skin's complexion, while stimulating the natural cell renewal cycle. It leaves behind skin that is smooth, refined and moisturized.


5. Titanium dioxide

Titanium dioxide is a naturally occurring mineral that's either opaque or white in appearance. Therefore, it must be processed and purified before it can be used in any skincare products. Due to its white pigment, titanium dioxide is a broad-spectrum sun filter, which helps scatter both UVB and UVA rays. Reflecting this radiation is not only important for fighting premature aging, it also helps decrease the risk of painful sunburns and skin cancers.

While the signs of premature skin aging from the sun are difficult to reverse, they're very easy to stop from happening in the first place. This is why daily application of sunscreen containing titanium dioxide is key to the prevention of wrinkles and dark spots. Liquid Layer SPF 30 Sunblock is great for daily use under your makeup and is your first line of defense against premature skin aging and sun damage.

While there is no magic serum that will make our skin eternally young, the right skincare regime with these anti-aging ingredients will certainly help slow down the aging process.