Monday, April 1, 2013

Age of Beauty:Elixir(s) of Youth [2]- The New Kids on The Block

Don't we all love new skin care ingredients? They give us hope that the tomorrow of our skin can be better. Here, the Belle will break down some new ingredients, and what they do.

Growth Factors

These are proteins and hormones that pass the message to cells to build new collagen as well as blood vessels.


Protein enzymes that repair cell damage, and so far, the only ingredients known to make cells live longer in the lab. Studies have not been conclusive, but they may help to increase the rate of collagen production.


Some forms of peptides are known to shrink eye bags (goodness knows how much the Belle needs this) by improving lymphatic circulation, others improve the appearance of wrinkles by relaxing muscles that cause wrinkles. Others increase collagen production to make your skin firm.


Signals to cells to 'behave' younger. Elastin and collagen production is increased, and enzymes that break down collagen are diminished.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

Free radicals have nowhere to hide with this anti oxidant. It is also both fat and water soluble- meaning, it can work both inside the cell as well as the cell membrane to achieve the effect of anti aging.


An antioxidant that is extracted from apples. When it is combined with Vitamin C and ferulic acid, it nips the problem of brown spots and wrinkles right in the bud- before they even start. Pretty cool, I say.


Simply, a long lasting synthetic form of hyaluronic acid. It not only holds up to 1000 times its volume in water, but also helps in the production of collagen, by increasing cell to cell communication.

Now, the list is, of course not conclusive. New skincare ingredients come up everyday.  Do note that the Belle has not tried these ingredients in her skincare yet, so do take heed and proceed with caution.

Conclusion to the series on antiaging next. Do come back soon! Comments welcome!


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