Today I’m going to talk about what is the best anti aging skincare ingredient to look for if you’re looking for a skincare product.
There’s so many products out there and many of them claim to help you look younger, to reverse
aging, to get your skin looking better.
Other than at home anti aging devices, if you had to pick one ingredient to look for, what would it be?
So that’s what we’re going to get down to today.
I would say that probably 70% to 80% of plastic surgeons and dermatologists would recommend as their number one anti-aging skincare ingredient a retinoid.
Retinoids are basically types of vitamin A and they go by two names. Prescription strength is called
Tretinoin or Retin-a.
It also comes in a retinol form and that is a non prescription or over-the-counter strength.
So if you were to pick one anti-aging ingredient, a retinoid would be what I would pick.
It is scientifically proven to tighten skin, to decrease fine lines, to improve acne, to thicken the dermis, which is a deeper layer of the skin. It’s also proven to reverse early pre skin cancers.
That’s a lot of things that this one ingredient does.
The great thing about it is it comes in many formulations.
If you have a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon that you go to, you can get the prescription strength which is going to be most powerful.
However, Tretinoin or Retin-a is so powerful that it can be quite irritating to people with sensitive skin.
A lot of people and the majority people who use it, will get a very temporary dryness and flakiness and irritation that usually lasts up to about six weeks. There are some people who just can’t tolerate it.
If that’s the case, go with a retinol which is over-the-counter and the great thing is you can find many
skincare brands that have retinol based products.
A lot of the main skincare brands that you buy. even at the drugstore. can have a retinol based formulation that’s quite inexpensive.
So look for retinol or if you have an access to a doctor, Retin-a.
What’s number two?
Let’s say you can’t tolerate a retinoid. What can you try next?
The next group are called the growth factors and there’s two main companies that create growth
factors that are very popular.
The most popular is called the TNS complex, made by Skin Medica and another one is called
These are human derived growth factors, scientifically they are proven to work and I know a lot
of people who like these products and who do get good anti-aging benefits from them.
However the problem with growth factor products is that they are very expensive. So if you can’t tolerate a retinoid then go with a growth factor as long as you can afford it.
However for those people who say TNS is quite expensive, I can’t afford it, I don’t want to spend the money on a cream or serum like that, then go for a peptide.
Peptides come in lots of different names, such as Matrixyl, Dermaxyl, Copper, DMAE, GABA.
Peptides are also scientifically proven to reduce aging, it’s just that this scientific proof is not quite as
strong as with a retinoid or with a growth factor.
Great thing about peptides is that you can find them in a lot of over-the-counter and drug store brand skincare products.
These are ones that are typically very well tolerated and they’re very inexpensive.
In summary, number one go for a retinoid, prescription-strength or a retinol over-the-counter. That
usually works the best, however if you can’t tolerate it, go for a growth factor based cream, like TNS complex. But if that’s a bit too expensive, then go for a peptide.