In order to purchase effective anti-aging skin care products, you first need to know which ingredients to look for when shopping for them.  Below is a list of the latest technologically advanced ingredients currently available in the anti-aging cosmetic market.  This list will grow as research continues, so check back often for updates on the latest anti-aging discoveries.

Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (Argireline):  an amino peptide that reduces muscle contraction, minimizing long-term formation of lines and wrinkles; decreases wrinkles and prevents new ones formed by facial expressions.  Read more

Alpha Hydroxy Acids:  A group of mild organic acids including glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, tartaric acid, pyretic acid, and malic acid; serve to increase cell turnover, increase the deposition of glycosaminoglycans in the upper dermis, unclog pores, and weaken the epidermal barrier to allow effective penetration of other topical agents.  Read more

Carnosine: an amino acid that acts as a powerful antioxidant.  Read more

Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE):  A precursor to acetylcholine, a chemical that stimulates nerve function and the muscles to contract and tighten under the skin.  Read more

Hexapeptide-10 (Serilesine):  Improves cell adhesion reducing the loss of skin firmness; stimulates the proliferation of fibroblasts, the collagen-producing skin cells.

Hyaluronic Acid:  A glycosaminoglycan (GAG) component of skin tissue that decreases with age;  excellent water-binding agent that holds 1000 times its weight in water; helps to reduce spider veins, deeply hydrates, and plumps fine lines by filling the spaces between the skin fibers and cells.

Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3 (Matrixyl):  A small amino peptide found to stimulate the synthesis of collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycans; as effective as retinol against wrinkles but without the irritation.  Read more

Palmitoyl Oligopeptide-3 (Syn Coll):  A protein that is a fragment of collagen; increases collagen production, hyaluronic acid production, and skin thickness; reduces surface roughness and wrinkle depth.

Pycnogenol:  A potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and enhances the effect of vitamins C and E; twenty times more powerful than vitaminC and fifty times more powerful than vitamin E.  Read more

Yeast Beta Glucan (Nayad) :  Derived from the cell walls of baker’s yeast, it is considered to be one of the most potent stimulators of the body’s immune system.  Because of the complexity of its formulation, cosmetics containing Nayad are often expensive. 

In an effort to keep your anti-aging skin care regimen as simple and inexpensive as possible, look for product that contain as many of the above ingredients as possible.  Remember, you want formulas that multi-task.