The use of anti-aging skin care products has grown strongly over the last two decades; there is nothing wrong with wanting to continue looking young as you get older, in fact it is quite a healthy aim. This group of beauty products generally works by enabling the synthesis of collagen, the main protein of connective tissue in animals and the most abundant in our body; twenty-five per cent of the skin's protein is collagen. Most anti-aging products (collagen included) fall into a category of natural everyday products we all use; we call them antioxidants, they aid the repair of cell damage associated with cell damage.
Although the benefits of vitamin C (an anti-oxidant) are well documented, it is still debated as to what our daily amount should be. Vitamin C formulated skin care treatments suffer with a particular problem of oxidizing on contact with the air which causes a problem for users and manufacturers.
To overcome this problem, manufacturers use alternative skin care treatments that still provide the same benefits but not the high manufacturing costs. These new anti-oxidant products are not quite as good as vitamin C although other naturally occurring compounds, vitamin E and lipoic acid can achieve the same effect.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant and component of human blood which purpose is to help increase the body's immune system against diseases including cancer. Lipoic acid is found in every single human cell; it's function is to provide energy and reverse much of the damage caused to the skin by aging.
The use of plants has not been overlooked either with many types capable to provide essences called phytochemicals which have proved successful in anti-aging skin care products. A further benefit of these phytochemicals is their ability to prevent the onset of breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer all of which are on the increase globally.
Some B-vitamins like B5, B6 and B12 are also in use for anti-aging skin care products. The field of anti-aging skin care products is vast and needs a great deal more research.
Whilst a great deal has been learned about this subject, it is only the tip of the iceberg and more long term effective methods need to be reflected to reverse or slow down the effects of time. In time it is rented that less expensive and more reliable anti-aging skin care products will become available for a larger number of people to use.
In some respects the real way ahead lies in our own hands as there are many things we can do to reduce the signs of aging naturally. Drinking plenty of water, getting a good night's sleep, exercising regularly, maintaining healthy eating habits and keeping stress at bay are an essential means of delaying the aging process.