As ominous as the term anti-aging cream sounds, we should not be so quick to dismiss it as something for our titas and lolas only. Even if you think you don't need it, your skin could always benefit from using an anti-aging cream to prevent early signs of skin damage and premature aging. Think of it as just a more leveled-up version of your moisturizer.
You could get away with a regular moisturizer in your 20s but once you hit your 30s, you need to bump up the potency in ingredients that penetrate on a deeper level to protect skin from damage. This is where anti-aging creams come in. Don't worry, we have prepared a buying guide and our top 10 to help you get on the road to supple and soft skin. We also asked dermatologist Dr. Katrina Erike Habaluyas Luz for some of her comments and tips!
Dr. Katrina Habaluyas Luz is a board-certified dermatologist in Metro Manila, and is the face behind Ask Your Derma.
She is also an educator and digital creator on all things skin, hair, and nails. She is a Diplomate of the Philippine Dermatological Society and offers online video consultations. You can also catch her on her Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube channel.
As we age, the skin’s elasticity slows down because collagen production decreases. This is characterized by wrinkles, which are folds of the skin that develop as we get older, and it is the most obvious in places that receive the most sun exposure.
It happens even at the age of 20, although it is just not that obvious. This is where anti-aging creams come in. You might think that anti-aging creams are for people like your tita or lola, but you can already use them to prevent sun damage and lessen the appearance of wrinkles as you age.
Even if you don't need it yet, you can prevent early signs of skin aging by using an anti-aging cream. Keep in mind your skin type and ingredients to look out for when choosing what to buy.
Skincare is not a one size fits all kind of thing, so it is understandable to have different products. The trick is to determine your skin type and see what ingredients work best for your skin type and what to avoid.
Just because you have oily skin does not mean you have to skimp on the moisturizer. Your skin actually produces more oil to make up for the lack of moisture.
Look for creams that contain salicylic acid to help unclog pores and dissolve dead skin cells. It also works to prevent blackheads and whiteheads. Green tea, an antioxidant that also works wonders for managing sebum and keeping your face’s oil at bay.
Now, when your skin is overproducing natural oils, you might think it doesn’t make sense to apply a moisturizer. In fact, your oily skin could be a cry for hydration. Sometimes your glands go on overdrive producing more oils than normal because it’s dehydrated or you’ve stripped your skin from all its natural oils.
For oily skin, I usually prefer water-based ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin. Hyaluronic acid is a component of the skin that naturally decreases with age. Topical forms of HA hydrate the skin but also aid in skin healing and soothes inflammation.
Glycerin is another good choice as it draws in water from the deeper layers of the skin keeping the skin hydrated. Other add-ons such as salicylic acid which can penetrate through the oily layer of the skin and pores to reduce excess sebum is a hero! Since it acts as a keratolytic agent, it helps normalize keratinization aka the shedding of skin cells - making it great not only for acne/acne-prone skin or oily skin but also for melasma and photoaging in all skin types.
Products with retinol, a vitamin A derivative, suit acne-prone skin. It is usually found in anti-aging creams as it exfoliates skin to help get rid of dirt, dead skin, and oil. In this regard, it can also help clear up acne.
In addition, look for non-comedogenic products to avoid breaking out, or you could opt for a lightweight, water-based cream or gel, so it is not heavy on the skin.
Amongst various anti-aging agents, retinoids are considered a holy grail for anti-aging. Amongst retinoids, tretinoin is the most potent and best-studied. It regulates and increases cell turnover and stimulates collagen production.
However, its irritation potential has pushed us dermatologists to explore less irritating but comparably effective retinoids like adapalene and retinol. The great thing about retinoids is that aside from being a great anti-aging ingredient, it is also one of the favorites for acne-prone skin (with good reason!) as it controls oil production.
Conversely, those with dry skin should avoid exfoliants such as glycolic acid. This causes cells to turnover faster and may exacerbate your already dry skin. Hyaluronic acid is great as it adds moisture to your skin and improves its overall texture. This is ideal if you want to achieve dewy and plump skin.
You should also avoid formulas that contain fragrances, as it could be a potential irritant. You could opt for hypoallergenic ones to ensure it does not irritate or dry out your skin further.
If you have dry skin, then I'd definitely stick to hydrating ingredients. Good choices include hyaluronic acid and glycerin.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the skin that holds water and helps keep it hydrated. Unfortunately, with age, hyaluronic acid levels decrease within the skin. Given its ability to draw in and hold water, it is a good choice of a humectant in a skincare regimen. The other great thing about it is it can be paired well with retinoids, vitamins, and other acids.
Glycerin is another good choice as it draws in water from the deeper layers of the skin keeping the skin hydrated, thus, looking plump and fresh.
Retinol is one of the leading ingredients for mature skin as it operates on a deeper level of the skin and does not require a prescription. It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, however, the downside is it can take some time for results to manifest.
The same goes for peptides, which is an ingredient composed of different amino acids that can stimulate your skin to produce collagen, make it more elastic, and lock in hydration.
In the complex process of aging, one proven event is the degradation of one of the main structural components of the skin - collagen. Collagen is responsible for providing the structure and elasticity of the skin.
The holy grail for anti-aging remains to be retinoids. Retinoids are proven to inhibit the production of collagenase (which breaks down peptide bonds in collagen) and to promote collagen production. Anti-oxidants, such as Vitamin C (also key in collagen synthesis), are also a great add-on to reduce and neutralize free radicals.
Even though we have different skin types, there are some nourishing ingredients that the majority can benefit from. You should also check for any niacinamide, which has a brightening effect and can strengthen the skin barrier.
Antioxidants such as vitamin C, which is often considered the gold standard since it helps protect your skin from free radical damage such as pollution and UV rays. Vitamin E is also great as it helps prevent pigmentation, fine lines, and heal your skin’s barrier.
For moisturizing ingredients, look for hyaluronic acid or glycerin. Normal aging results in a decrease in hyaluronic acid. This compromises water-binding capacity and decreases skin turgor, leading to the appearance of sagging skin and accentuation of skin folds. Thus, topical forms of hyaluronic acid have the potential to hydrate the skin and consequently, improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Other anti-aging creams have also been incorporated with other active ingredients. One of the crowd favorites is Vitamin C - and with good reason too! Vitamin C acts as a powerful anti-oxidant, increases collagen production, provides photoprotection (but remember, still apply that sunscreen!), and even fades hyperpigmentation.
Creams can come in tubes and pump bottles, which makes for a fuss-free and convenient option, especially if you travel. It does not make a lot of mess as you have to squeeze the tube or use one hand to dispense the product.
If you want to maximize every last drop, you could opt for ones in jars or tubs if you find it difficult to squeeze your product.
The choice of packaging can definitely be one based on your personal preferences or your lifestyle. However, there are a couple of ingredients that would require more stringent packaging requirements. One example is Vitamin C.
Ever wondered why they came in these dark, opaque bottles? Vitamin C is great as an anti-aging ingredient as it is essential for collagen production not to mention an anti-oxidant and photoprotectant. However, Vitamin C is also very unstable, thus, the choice of packaging is key in maintaining its efficacy. Typically, you would find them in dark-tinted packaging to prevent their oxidation.
We may not be able to turn back the clock but hopefully, these anti-aging creams can provide for an instant age rewind.
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|Key Ingredients||Glycoloc Acid, Kinetin, Green Tea, Rice Phytic Acid, Virgin Coconut Oil|
|Features||Fragrance, Phthalate, Paraben, and Preservative-Free,|
|Skin Type||Normal to Oily|
|Key Ingredients||Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides|
|Features||Oil and Fragrance-Free, Non-Comedogenic, Lightweight, Includes SPF, Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation|
|Skin Type||Dry, Normal, Combination, Oily|
|Key Ingredients||Green Tea, Vitamin B3, Pro B5, E, Niacinamide|
|Features||Oil and Fragrance-Free, Includes SPF|
|Skin Type||Acne Prone|
|Key Ingredients||0.1% Adapalene|
|Features||Prescription Strength, Non-Comedogenic, Fragrance-Free|
|Key Ingredients||Accelerated Retinol SA, Hyaluronic Acid, Glucose Complex|
|Features||Fragrance-Free, Dermatologist Recommended|
|Key Ingredients||Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Beta-Carotene|
|Features||Non-Comedogenic, Fragrance and Alcohol-Free|
|Skin Type||Hypersensitive and Irritated|
|Key Ingredients||Parcerine, Plant Squalane, Glycerin, Thermal Spring Water|
|Features||Preservative, Fragrance, Dye, Paraben, Alcohol, Soy, Wheat, and Animal Derivative-Free, Non-Comedogenic|
|Key Ingredients||Bakuchiol, Squalane, Sancha Inchi Oil|
|Features||Safe for Pregnancy|
|Skin Type||Normal, Oily, Combination|
|Key Ingredients||Retinol, Ferulic Acid, ECG Complex, Gallic Acid|
|Skin Type||Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination|
|Key Ingredients||Anogeissus and Commiphora Mukul|
The Inkey List
Dr. Dennis Gross
Re-Everything Cream: Primary Anti-age Moisturizer
Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
Adapelene Gel 0.1%
Rapid Wrinkle Repair
Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream
Skin Recovery Cream
Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Powerful Lifting Cream
For Glowing Skin Inside and Out
Lightweight Consistency With Heavy-Duty Protection
Total Skin Care Package in a Bottle
Skincare That Doubles As Acne Treatment
Smooth Over Fine Lines and Wrinkles With Accelerated Retinol
A Mild Formula That Won't Break Your Budget
Gentle Moisturizer for Even the Most Sensitive Skin
Your Gateway to Anti-Aging Skin Care
ECG Complex to Tighten Sagging Skin
Plant-Based Goodness to Replenish Collagen
|Price Starts at||₱2,690||₱1,298||₱638||₱1,200||₱1,843||₱920||₱1,275||₱745||₱4,280||₱3,750|
|Skin Type||All||Normal to Oily||Dry, Normal, Combination, Oily||Acne Prone||Mature||Sensitive||Hypersensitive and Irritated||All||Normal, Oily, Combination||Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination|
|Key Ingredients||Glycoloc Acid, Kinetin, Green Tea, Rice Phytic Acid, Virgin Coconut Oil||Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides||Green Tea, Vitamin B3, Pro B5, E, Niacinamide||0.1% Adapalene||Accelerated Retinol SA, Hyaluronic Acid, Glucose Complex||Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Beta-Carotene||Parcerine, Plant Squalane, Glycerin, Thermal Spring Water||Bakuchiol, Squalane, Sancha Inchi Oil||Retinol, Ferulic Acid, ECG Complex, Gallic Acid||Anogeissus and Commiphora Mukul|
|Features||Fragrance, Phthalate, Paraben, and Preservative-Free,||Oil and Fragrance-Free, Non-Comedogenic, Lightweight, Includes SPF, Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation||Oil and Fragrance-Free, Includes SPF||Prescription Strength, Non-Comedogenic, Fragrance-Free||Fragrance-Free, Dermatologist Recommended||Non-Comedogenic, Fragrance and Alcohol-Free||Preservative, Fragrance, Dye, Paraben, Alcohol, Soy, Wheat, and Animal Derivative-Free, Non-Comedogenic||Safe for Pregnancy||Paraben-Free||100% Vegetarian|
A skincare routine does not need to consist of a dozen steps, and having a multitude of products does not always mean it is better. The key is to find products that work for you and applying them religiously to get consistent results.
We have mentioned that skin aging can occur as early as you enter your 20s, but it is just not that obvious. That is why it is better to prevent its effects while you are still young – as the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, so start taking care of your skin as early as possible.
You don’t have to go for the big guns such as retinol if you are in your 20s, but what you can do is to make sure your skin is well moisturized to keep it plump and hydrated.
Moisturizers are very important in anti-aging as it provides the skin with the necessary hydration it needs. Moisturizers also aid in maintaining a healthy skin barrier. Look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid (a natural component of the skin that decreases with age), glycerin, ceramides, or urea.
Anti-aging creams work best when applied twice a day. It doesn't even have to be an anti-aging cream, if you're in your 20s, it can even be your regular moisturizer. This is to ensure that you maximize its effects.
It doesn’t matter if your product is not the most expensive one, what matters how religiously you apply it. Think of it as investing in your skin for the future.
Twice a day application of anti-aging cream doesn't necessarily equate to higher efficacy.
The first consideration would be what active ingredient is incorporated into the anti-aging cream. For instance, if it's a retinoid or other vitamin A derivatives, then definitely once-nightly application is a must. Retinoids can make the skin more sensitive to the sun, so that's definitely one you wouldn't want to be applied in the day. Another consideration is applying too frequently can increase the risk for irritation, consequently ending up in non-compliance.
At the end of the day, listen to your skin. When in doubt, Ask Your Derma!
This is one thing we often skip but do not forget to apply sunscreen when stepping out. UV rays can cause damage to your skin and can cause premature aging, such as sunspots and wrinkles
Sun protection is the cornerstone of anti-aging. Remember the two types of aging? Extrinsic aging is caused by environmental factors particularly sun exposure which is notorious for the development of dry skin, deep wrinkles, skin laxity, dyspigmentation. UVA is particularly emphasized as it is able to penetrate into the dermis and degrade collagen and elastin. Thus, broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 is a must!
To educate you more on all things related to anti-aging, here Dr. Katrina's answers to some of the most asked questions on the internet.
Ideally, you can start an anti-aging cream as early as your 20s. Once you hit your 30s, it's definitely a must. It could be as simple as applying a moisturizer +/- anti-aging ingredients incorporated into it.
As for sunscreen, though, that's definitely something you should start way earlier! Starting 6 months old? Perhaps, too much? It's never too early to start photoprotection, especially if you're exposed to the sun often.
If it's your first time using an anti-aging cream, then I always say less is best! It would also be a good idea to check in with your board-certified dermatologist to ensure that there are no interactions with the other players in your current skincare regimen.
For example, you shouldn’t combine retinoids with benzoyl peroxide as it will make the retinoid less effective. You can apply the benzoyl peroxide in the AM and the retinoid in the PM, especially if you are being treated for acne. Another example would be retinoids and other acids.
Although there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to this, if you are a first-timer, you might want to keep it simple. Retinoids are great and effective, but that potency comes with a high potential for skin irritation and increased skin sensitivity. So you might want to avoid acids, such as alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, first. Then later on, with the guidance of your dermatologist, explore the world of good combinations of retinoids and acids.
The skin under the eyes is one of the thinnest skin in the body. Given that, topicals applied to the undereye area are typically lower in concentration to prevent irritation. A tip, if you want to save on eye creams, would be to mix the active with your moisturizer. You can also decrease the chances of irritation by decreasing either the amount applied or the frequency of application on the area.
But remember, the under-eyes are definitely tricky to treat as other factors come into play such as genes, lifestyle, among others.
The hallmarks of anti-aging skincare are daily use of sunscreen, retinoids, moisturizers, and antioxidants, plus healthy lifestyle habits to minimize glycation, UV light exposure, and free radical production.
Of course, we can also learn to accept that aging is a natural part of life and embrace the process!
Slowly integrate anti-aging skin care products into your routine. You don't have to completely replace your usual products, just one with a few actives ought to do the trick. Check out these products if you want more ideas.
Contrary to popular belief, anti-aging creams is not just meant for your titas and your lolas. Aging is normal, but if you want to minimize its signs, then you would benefit from an anti-aging cream. Remember to apply religiously for plump, baby soft skin.
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