Anti-aging skin care products are all the rage, but consumers often purchase and apply products without knowing how healthy the products are.

Below are some important details about skin care products.

The Popularity of Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

Over the years, many new anti-aging products have surfaced, meant to improve your skin and make you look younger than you really are. These products are meant to rejuvenate the skin of people who are showing the signs of growing older.

Views from Professionals

Bioethicists have raised questions regarding the implication of life extension. Additionally, there has also been a scuffle between medical doctors and cosmetologists regarding the boundary between a cosmetic and a pharmaceutical product. Their reasoning is that if the anti-aging skin care products can have such excellent results, then they would be used for pharmaceutical purposes rather than cosmetic. Although hardly any product has been tested (experimented) on humans, there exists some truth to investigate behind these skin care products.

The Science Behind Anti-aging Skin Care Products

According to experts, both medical and cosmetic, the science behind anti-aging skin care products is founded on the basic skin structure and its reaction to exposure to several extremes such as the sun, which depletes the skin's vitality as the years advance. As such, most anti-aging treatment creams and lotions focus on pentapeptides, which are groups of long-chain amino acids that act as agents of communication throughout the whole body. Many popular creams on the shelf contain these compounds. Some past studies on peptides also back up these claims, since they help increasing the skin cells, hence producing more collagen.

Collagen is a natural fibrous protein found in the skin, bones and other connective tissues. It facilitates healing of slight damage to the skin e.g. through injury, cuts and sores. In addition, collagen plays a significant role in the skin aging process. As a support structure, it imparts young appearance to the skin. In youth, collagen is abundant in the body and therefore makes the skin appear young and fresh. With age, however, the levels of collagen decrease and wrinkles begin to appear due to decline in the support offered by collagen.

Relevant application of these peptides to the skin is considered to have the effects of revitalizing the skin. Other natural skin care agents include anti oxidants, retinoids and tea extracts. Apart from increasing collagen levels, retinoids work by improving skin texture as well as facilitating the reduction of fine wrinkles and discoloration. Likewise, anti-oxidants, (sourced from coffee, vitamin C and Vitamin E) protect the skin against inflammation by preventing formation of free radicals.

Recent developments in the medical field have given rise to artificial peptides, which have been ratified for use. When these artificial peptides are combined with a fatty acid molecule, they can access the deeper layers of skin and promote the production of collagen, resulting to a firmer and rejuvenated skin in a period between I-3 months. Other chemical substances applied include sunscreen and hydroxyl acids, as well as a combination of the above named anti-aging products.

Are There Healthier Alternatives?

With a growing desire to consciously use products that are more natural, there are many opportunities to find anti-aging products that are healthier for the skin. For those that are interested in finding a product with the benefits of anti-aging properties but that do not contain chemicals, like a UVB Sunscreen that is parabens free or a hand moisturizer, a simple Google search for "natural skin care products" will provide many answers.

Author's Bio: 

Sam Moser is a freelance content writer who has been commissioned to report on a variety of topics ranging from the fashion industry to health tips. Since graduating from the School of Journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Sam has almost written exclusively for the web.