Youth in a Bottle?

Not quite, but anti-aging skin care can help

Anti-aging skin-care products are a billion-dollar industry. Every day consumers are exposed to endless amounts of creams and potions that claim to rejuvenate the skin, eliminate wrinkles and leave a youthful glow. Each product says it’s the next big breakthrough. What’s next, an anti-wrinkle cream sample with your latte at Starbucks?

However, among all the mumbo-jumbo, are we really buying the right products with active ingredients? Or are we buying products that are nothing more than basic face cream with a hint of jasmine? Here is a short list for the top ingredients to look for, plus (see sidebar) what jars should be on your bathroom counter.

When searching for anti-aging products, don’t be fooled; it is crucial to read the label. Many creams and serums boast anti-aging properties yet are nothing more than over-the-counter face lotion. The ingredients below are backed by research and clinical tests as proven anti-aging remedies.

Look for alpha hydroxy acids; research shows that they may help in reducing wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and enlarged pores. Alpha lipoic acid is more commonly known as an antioxidant, and is used to combat the signs of wrinkles. Argireline is known in the beauty world as over-the-counter botox. Beta hydroxy acid or salicylic acid has been shown to improve color and texture of aging skin. Studies have shown that dimethylaminoethanol is a successful agent in reversing facial wrinkles and skin firming. Hydroquinone is a widely used ingredient to treat brown spots caused by sun exposure. And lastly, vitamin C, one of the most widely used ingredients in skin care, is used to rebuild collagen.

Many products on the market promise the fountain of youth in a jar, but don’t be fooled by a smart tag and clever packaging. Age is a natural process, and until a real miracle is unearthed, we can only hope to slow down the process one good potion at a time.

Anti-Aging Products Not to Miss

  1. SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator, $85.

  2. Darphin Wrinkle Corrective Eye Contour Cream, $75.

  3. Perricone-Concentrated Restorative Treatment, $100.

  4. Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx, $150.

  5. PRIORI Cellular Recovery Serum with DNA Enzyme Complex, $90.