Anti-Aging Newbies: 4 Powerful New Ingredients
Anti- aging technology has been around for well … ages. Just when you thought you’ve tried everything, here are some of the newest age defyers for you to try …
How it works: The exact opposite of retinoids, which work by increasing cell turnover, Rhamnose signals a jump-start by telling relevant cells to behave like younger versions of themselves, explains Ranella Hirsch, a dermatologist in Boston. The sugar molecule generated buzz at a recent World Congress of Dermatology conference. Rhamnose works by thickening the epidermis significantly and amping up the production of elastin, collagen, and other beneficial proteins. It also diminishes the enzymes that break down collagen and lead to wrinkles.
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What they do: Glycans are sugar molecules that aid in cellular communication. They exist naturally on the surface of cells. Problem is, our stores of glycans decrease with age—as does cells’ ability to regenerate effectively. Researchers at Yves Saint Laurent have created a trifecta of three glycans designed to help more-mature skin cells communicate and regenerate like younger ones do. This translates to a ten percent increase in epidermal thickness and a significant reduction in wrinkles after just one month. Glycans are emerging as a key factor in aging and anti-aging science,” says David McDaniel, an assistant professor of clinical dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk.
Find it in: Yves saint Laurent Youth Liberator Line
RETINOL AND E-PULSE
What it does: This combination is used as a two-step peel: Applied on top of a layer of retinol cream, the serum delivers an imperceptible energy current, dubbed E-Pulse, that makes the retinol even more effective in stimulating cell turnover. In a study that compared the RoC system to three professional glycolic peels, all women using the RoC products had smoother skin texture; 97 percent saw improved crow’s-feet, fine lines, and texture; and 88 percent saw more even pigmentation. (The percentages in the professional peel group were significantly smaller in all categories.) While McDaniel was skeptical that even the best over-the-counter product can really beat a dermatologist-administered peel, he says, “I’m very impressed with the study results.”
Find it in: RoC Retinol Correxion Max Wrinkle Resurfacing System
What it does: This potent brew of anti-inflammatory peptides and proteins staves off the inflammation that causes flushing. A study of SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer (which contains the complex) found that 12 weeks of use reduced redness by 30 percent. McDaniel mainly credits the complex in helping curb the production of new blood vessels. Backing up these ingredients is a base of soothing moisturizers, like chamomile, squalene, vitamin E, and shea butter, according to Heidi Waldorf, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The complex offers relief without the side effects associated with the use of topical steroids, like hydrocortisone.
Find it in: SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer
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