Top 5 Anti-Wrinkle Skin Secrets: How to Look Years Younger Without Plastic Surgery (part 2)

ANTI AGING SKIN SECRETS By Sadie Gillam (Page 2)

Anti-Wrinkle #4: Moisturize Daily With Hyaluronic acid (HA)

For healthier and younger looking skin, and to slow down the process of skin aging start by using a moisturizer with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid (HA), or replace your daily moisturizer with a 100% pure HA serum.

Hyaluronic acid is responsible for keeping the skin moisturized and plays an important part in controlling tissue hydration. It does this by penetrating deep into the skin tissue, deeper than moisturizing face creams, and holding on-to moisture.

By preventing moisture from escaping it gives your skin a smoother and more youthful looking appearance. It is so effective at moisturizing and plumping-up the skin that hyaluronic acid fillers are regularly used in small cosmetic procedures - injected into the skin instantly reducing the appearance wrinkles.

As we grow older the collagen and elastin in the skin weakens and fine lines and wrinkles start to appear, moisturizing your face with hyaluronic acid is one way to slow down this aging process.

Although it occurs naturally in the skin, at around the age of 20 our HA levels begin to slowly deplete which results in a gradual loss of moisture in the skin. As your skin slowly dehydrates and dries out it looses its smoothness and elasticity, eventually wrinkles and fine lines begin to form.

The most effective way to boost moisture and increase moisture retention is to regularly use skin care products with high concentrations of hyaluronic acid, and in particularly a 100% pure serum.

100% pure hyaluronic acid serum penetrates faster and deeper into the skin than normal moisturizers do, keeping your skin hydrated for much longer. It holds more water than any other natural substance making it one of the world's best moisturizers. In only a short time you'll notice a significant difference.

Anti-Wrinkle #5: Retinol or Retin-A "Buyer beware"

We hear a lot about Retinol and Retin-A and their importance in skin regeneration. These compounds are derived from vitamin A and they work by prompting skin cells at the surface to turn over and die more rapidly, thus making way for new skin growth underneath. Normally it takes about a month for your skin to go from the bottom layer to the top, and retinoids can reduce the turnover time to about two weeks.

They also prevent the break down of collagen and thicken the deeper layer of skin, helping to keep your skin firm and combating wrinkles which is something we all want.

But there seems to be a great deal of confusion between Retin-A and Retinol skin care products. Are they all the same? Is one more effective than the other? In this video Dr Schultz from dermTV.com explains the difference between these compounds and why you should be very wary of manufacturers claims.

Video Transcript

Retinoids, Retin-A, Retinol and Renova, we all hear a lot about them but what are the differences. For all intents and purposes they all began with Retin-A, so that's were we'll start.

Retin-A is the brand name of the original skin care product, containing the prescription only active ingredient tretinoin. Tretinoin is a form of vitamin A that has been turned into an acid, so it's also known as retinoic acid, and was originally developed to fight acne which it successfully done for the past 30 years.

In the late 1990's it was discovered that tretinoin could also help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of photo aging. Because this use was really for a much older population with much dryer skin, they put the tretinoin in a much more emollient and moisturizing vehicle and they called it Renova. So the main difference between Retin-A and Renova is really just the vehicle.

Now for the fun part - Retinol. We now know that Retin-A is a product that contains the acid derivative of vitamin A. Retinol on the other hand is a non-prescription active ingredient and a form of vitamin A. But retinol is not the acid form of vitamin A like tretinoin, instead it's the actual form of vitamin A which is found in animals.

So retinol is a fairly soluble compound, if it's put on the skin it can be absorbed into the epidermis, or under certain circumstances and in the presence of certain enzymes a small part of the retinol (less than 10%) can be converted into tretinoin, which as you know is the active ingredient in Retin-A and Renova.

So this stuff is really all related and starting to make some sense. So non-prescription retinol can convert into prescription tretinoin, but the operate word here is 'can'. The conversion is not that predictable.

So just because a product contains retinol doesn't mean it can or will do what tretinoin can do in terms of acne or anti-aging treatments, and probably won't. Yet many skin care companies tout their products containing retinol as working as if they contained tretinoin - this is definitely a case of buyer beware!

Now we get to the final term - Retinoids. Retinoids are a class of chemical compounds that are all related to vitamin A. Retinol and tretinoin are called first generation retinoids because their structure is closest to vitamin A. Less related products are second generation, and third and so on.

Finally connecting the dots you now know that all of the products I've mentioned today are related to vitamin A and therefore are collectively called retinoids. And at last you now know their uses and differences. (for more skin care advice visit dermtv.com)

Retin-A or Retinol... Which gives the best results? The answer is quite clear, Retin-A is a brand name for tretinoin (retinoic acid) the active ingredient. It is much more potent and more effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of photo aging when compared to retinol.

Retinol on the other hand is NOT the same as Retin-A. Only a small part, less than 10% of retinol can be converted to the active ingredient tretinoin. Furthermore, the conversion is NOT predictable and the rate of conversion can vary greatly from one individual to the next. As a result, significantly fewer people respond to retinol skin care products than to Retin-A.

Retin-A is a strong medication and needs to be used correctly, in this video Dr. Elissa Lunder explains how to use it for maximum benefit and minimal irritation.

While retinol is weaker by comparison, some 'higher concentration' retinol products such as the Rapid Wrinkle Repair moisturizers by Neutrogena, are still a good alternative for those who can't use Retin-A because of skin sensitivity.

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