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Choosing Skin Care Products: Know Your Ingredients

You've heard they can turn back the clock on aging skin -- products made with things like acai, alpha-lipoic acid, and alpha hydroxy acid.

But do they work? Can they actually erase wrinkles, repair sun damage, or fade age spots?

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You'll want to do your homework first, so you're informed. A dermatologist can also help you sort out what works, what's hype, and what might help your skin.

Antioxidants for Sun Damage and Wrinkles

These nutrients are found in most plants in varying amounts. They can counter "free radicals" that harm DNA. Damaged skin cells can speed up aging with wrinkles, dry skin, dark circles under eyes, dull skin, and more.

It's key to eat foods rich in these natural chemicals, not just for your skin but for your overall health. You can also use antioxidants on your skin. Those with the most that have been shown to repair damage and slow the aging process include:

  • Acai oil
  • Alpha-lipoic acid
  • Green tea extract
  • Retinol
  • Vitamin C
  • Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10)
  • Caffeine

Other plant-based or natural treatments for aging skin found in skin-care products include:

  • Alpha-hydroxy acid
  • Salicylic acid
  • Hyaluronic acid

Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Your body makes this, and it’s in every cell you have. As an antioxidant, it attacks free radicals throughout the body. Alpha-lipoic acid is touted commercially as a substance that can erase fine lines and wrinkles, diminish pores, and give skin a healthy glow.

Green Tea Extract

Tea is loaded with nutrients called polyphenols, which have been shown to fight free radicals.

Early studies have found the ingredients in tea can reduce sun damage and may protect you from skin cancer when you put it on your skin. Use green tea extract under sunscreen to double the protection. Polyphenols in creams and lotions may also slow signs of aging and reduce sagging skin and wrinkles.

Brush Up on Beauty

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