The Simple Guide to Anti-Aging Products

Learn about anti-aging products, my favorite skincare products, and the ingredients that are proven to reserve and prevent signs of aging!

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A Simple guide to anti-aging products! #antiaging #beauty #skincare

I recently wrote a blog post sharing a LOT of scientific and detailed information about anti-aging products. This post was sparked out of a curiosity about Retinol.

I had heard of Retinol as being the best, more effective anti-aging product, but I wasn’t exactly sure what it was or how to use it.

So I started to dive deep into clinical trials and medical journals to learn more about Retinol. This lead me to a path of discovering that there are few proven products that aid in the reversal or prevention of aging skin.

This post received a huge response from readers, and I hope it has been helpful for everyone that has read it! I also received some comments saying it was a little too in depth with too many options and a bit overwhelming.

So I wanted to write this post to simplify what I learned. If you’re interested in reading more, you can click here for an in-depth post about the best anti-aging products, and sources to all of the information.

Here’s a very simple summary of what I learned about Retinol and anti-aging products:

There are three ingredients that are proven to aid in the appearance of aging: Retinol, Vitamin C+E & Ferulic Acid, and sun protection.

  1. Retinoids / Retinol

  • Retinol is simply put, Vitamin A. Our skin begins to lose Vitamin A as it ages, and adding topical Retinol helps treat and prevent signs of aging.

  • Retinol & Retinoids are not the same thing! Retinol must be converted into Retinoic Acid (the key ingredient!) before your skin can make use of it, thus prescription based Retinoids - which contain ready to use Retinoic Acid - are most effective.

    Note: It is said that Retinol can be just as effective as Retinoids, but it will take longer to see results.

  • Retinol will cause dryness, flakiness, and breakouts when first added to your skin routine. These side effects will subside after about a month (sometimes longer).

  • Retinol should NOT be used if pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breast feeding.

  • Retinol can cause sensitivity to the sun, so be sure to wear sunscreen.

  • Do not use Retinol on the same night as using an AHA (glycolic or lactic acid).

Types of Retinol:

  • Retinol (simple Vitamin A) - Least potent, least irritating.

  • Adapalene (Differin) - Formerly prescription only, potent.

  • Tretinoin (Retin-A, generic) - Most potent, prescription only.

  • Tazarotene (Avage, Tazorac) - Most potent, prescription only.

  • Granactive Retinoid: Offers the same results as Retinoic Acid without the irritation! Granactive Retinoid, is a solubilized system of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, is a non-prescription ester of retinoic acid. It offers a multi-fold better effect against signs of aging than retinol, retinyl palmitate and nearly all other forms of non-prescription retinoid. (source)

2. Vitamin C + E and Ferulic Acid

  • This combination of antioxidants adds a powerful UV and free radical neutralizing barrier to the skin.

  • When used together, they work synergistically.

  • When used individually, the benefits are minimal, so be sure to use a combination of products or a product that contains all three ingredients.

3. Sun Protection

  • By now this is a given, but sunscreen should be used daily. Especially when using Retinol.

I hope this post was easy to digest and helpful for you! Below are some of the products I have tried and LOVED!


My Favorite Anti-Aging Products

  1. Retinol: Differin

    …but I am currently trying The Ordinary without side effects, will let you know how I like it.

  2. Vitamin C: Marie Veronique

    …but I am trying The Ordinary Reversatrol & Ferulic Acid in combination with Mario Badescu Vitamin C (a product I really LOVE!).

  3. Sunscreen: La Roche Posay