Skin aging is caused by intrinsic and extrinsic factors like the slowing of collagen production (intrinsic) and the effects of sun exposure (extrinsic). How can you use ingredients to combat the signs of aging? This infographic, created with research from industry expert Priscilla Taylor, provides a visual reference for ingredients like sunscreen actives, retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids.
A few highlights from the graphic:
- The visible signs of aging include fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and hyper pigmentation.
- Photo-aging occurs when UVA rays reach the dermis and damage collagen, elastin and other fibers that support skin.
- Sunscreen agents are active ingredients that absorb, reflect or scatter radiation in the UV range at wavelengths from 290 to 400 nanometers and are regulated by the FDA.
- Retinoids available in OTC products include retinal palmitate, retinaldehyde, and retinol.
- Alpha hydroxy acids facilitate the removal of dead skin cells, resulting in improved skin appearance. Higher concentrations of AHAs (20% – 70%) are used by doctors and trained professionals in chemical peels.
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