Friday, May 27, 2011

8 Ingredients your Skin will Love

We all want to look after our skin....keep it healthy, and delay aging as much as possible. So here are some ingredients that have scientific backing you might want to look for in your skin care products:

Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin B3
Vitamin B5
Vitamin E
Alpha hydroxy acids
Ferulic acid

Vitamin A helps to regenerate skin, especially after sun exposure.

Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant. Aging is affected by some genetic factors, and you do not have control over these. However, some aging factors you can control: sun exposure, life style choices, like smoking, and exposure to environmental pollution. Vitamin E can minimize aging changes due to these external factors, by "mopping up" harmful ions called "free radicals" that result from sun exposure and just daily living.

Vitamin C. Ultraviolet radiation can generate oxygen free radicals that cause aging of the skin. Vitamin C can act as a first defense, against some of these radicals (plasma/water-generated radicals). Vitamin E on the other hand, works against another type of radical; the fat-soluble radicals within the plasma membranes. It makes sense that Vitamin C and E are used together to defend against both types.
Collagen is a key component of most tissues. Vitamin C works as an essential factor for the normal formation,, maintenance and structural stability of collagen.

Vitamin B3. Your skin naturally forms a barrier to protect itself from the elements. As you age, unfortunately, your body becomes less able to manufacture this barrier. Vitamin B3 is shown to reduce and delay the decline of this ability. This means you make a better barrier, and protect your skin!

Vitamin B5 is present in every living cell. It is necessary for the production of coenzyme A, which is essential for cell metabolism.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids help to remove dead skin cells. The newer, fresher skin cells that are now exposed are more flexible than the old, dead cells. Your skin will be plumper, and more even in tone.

Ubiquinone helps with collagen formation. Collagen is the flexible scaffolding that your skin cells rest on. Collagen is what keeps your skin plump and firm. Ubiquinone also protects the skin from sun damage.

Ferulic acid improves the chemical stability of vitamins C and E. It is excellent for providing protection from sun damage, and may be involved in reducing the incidence of skin cancer.