Cosmetic Truths: Do Anti-aging Ingredients Work?
In this Cosmetics Truths post I’m going to cover the big question; do anti-aging ingredients in skincare products really work? Is it possible to turn back the years by buying a cream off the shelf? The truth may not be what you want to hear but the answer is no.
The reason for this lies in the very definition of ‘cosmetic’. A drug is a substance which interacts with the cells of your body as has a discernible effect. Often side effects can occur and usage has to be carefully monitored to avoid overdoses and ensure correct use, hence can only be prescribed by a doctor. If a product can be bought ‘off the shelf’ then by definition it has no effect on cellular function and is a cosmetic.
Does this mean that all cosmetics are pointless? Absolutely not! I’m a firm believer in taking care of your skin and off the shelf products can help your skin be the best that it can be! A moisturiser will keep skin in prime condition, keep away any dry patches and with daily use may reduce the appearance of wrinkles on a temporary basis by filling in lines (try looking for products with hylauronic acid). An exfoliator will remove old and dead skin cells leaving a brighter and more youthful appearance (try alpha-hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid). As we discussed last time always use daily skincare products with SPF protection as these will help protect your skin from damaging UV rays and keep away the wrinkles for longer!
However those products with new ingredients or ‘technology’ which claim to ‘boost collagen production’ or ‘increase cell turnover’, usually accompanied by a scientific-looking advert and a person in a white coat for effect are much less trust-worthy. These companies may well have seen fantastic collagen-boosting activity on skin cells grown in a petri dish, but if you can buy the resulting product off the shelf then the ingredient is either in such low concentrations that it has no effect or gets nowhere near the lower layers of your skin to be able to have the effect.
So the results of skincare use really comes down to expectations: if you are using skincare to keep skin soft and hydrated and to help reduce signs of aging in the future then wild claims are unlikely to sway you and you’re in for a fulfilling relationship with your skincare. If you’re hoping to undo damage that has already been done and reverse signs of aging with a cream that you can walk into a shop and buy without going under the knife, you’re in for a disappointment…
Does this come as a shock to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!