Anti aging skin care products are becoming increasingly popular; and, why not, who doesn’t want to stay looking younger and feeling good about themselves?

Aging skin is simply a reflection of the body’s inability to care for itself as easily as it could when it was younger. The production and processing of vitamins, minerals and amino acids may slow down making it harder to retain healthy skin. Anti aging products work primarily by supporting skin care health.

A common ingredient in many anti aging skin care products, is vitamin C. Vitamin C is credited with a key role in the synthesis of collagen. Collagen is a structural protein and a main component of skin. Along with soft keratin, it is responsible for skin strength and elasticity, and its degradation can lead to the wrinkles that accompany aging. Collagen also strengthens blood vessels and plays a role in tissue development.

This category of anti aging skin care products is related to antioxidants. Skin care products that are based on vitamin C may have the potential problem of becoming oxidised themselves, when they come into contact with air during use. To counteract this, some anti aging skin care products are based on derivatives of vitamin C, which are more stable and less expensive but may be less effective, while others use high vitamin C concentration which makes the skin care products more expensive.

In addition to vitamin C, vitamin E and lipoic acid are other antioxidants used in anti aging skin care products. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that is found in human blood and helps in building resistance against infection. Vitamin E is also suggested to inhibit cancer. Liponic acid is considered very effective to combat the signs of aging by ‘reversing’ the skin damage caused by the aging process.

Phytochemicals form the other category of anti aging skin care products. Phytochemical are special chemicals from plant extracts. There are a variety of phytochemicals in use today. Laboratory tests suggest that phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some cancers.

Some B-vitamins like B5, B6 and B12 are also in use in anti aging skin care products.

The field of anti aging skin care products is vast and still requires considerable research. Though the products currently available are effective, they still have challenges to combat. Hopefully, these challenges will be resolved in due course and lead to better and cheaper anti aging skin care products.

As aging symptoms are a natural inevitability, caring for general health should be the first consideration with anti aging products used only to supplement the natural ways to care for skin and the body starting with our quick and easy beauty skin care tips: drink plenty of water, get a good night’s sleep, exercise regularly, maintain healthy eating habits and keep stress at bay. All of these are essential ways to help delay the aging process.