Ingredients that work
Two of the best ingredients for wrinkles and fine lines come from vitamins. Vitamin A, or retinoids, and vitamin C help to lessen fine lines and smooth out complexion. Some prescription retinoids, such as tretinoin, work effectively but dry out skin severely. When using a retinoid, consider adding some extra hydration to the skincare routine.
Is a hydrating serum the same as a moisturizer?
Most people are used to moisturizing once or twice a day. Is a hydrating serum the same as a moisturizer? Should someone use both? Moisturizers are products that include occlusive agents. Occlusives, such as oils or petrolatum, create a seal over the skin's surface to keep water from escaping. Alternatively, hydrators are humectants, which absorb moisture from the environment. Common examples of hydrators include hyaluronic acid and glycerin.
Do I need both?
The type of moisturizer or hydrator that will work best depends on a person’s skin type and environment. People with severely or naturally dry skin should opt for thick moisturizers that create a protective coating over the complexion. However, if dry skin is actually just dehydrated skin, which can be caused by anti-aging skincare ingredients, a hydrating serum might be the best bet.
Hydrating serum choices
Hydrating serums feel light on the face and absorb quickly into the skin. Depending on the ingredients, some hydrating serums pack double the punch and protect against ultraviolet (UV) light and free radicals, which lead to signs of premature aging. Ingredients like niacinamide have hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties while also reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines.
How do hydrating serums work?
Most hydrating serums contain hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that binds to collagen and makes the skin appear younger and plumper. As people age, collagen levels naturally decline. As a result, the hyaluronic acid levels also naturally decline. Hydrating serums often contain a mixture of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5.
Choosing the right product
Skincare companies have a host of products on the market that claim to hydrate the skin and reverse aging. For the best results, consult a healthcare provider such as a dermatologist. A medical professional can help people make the right choices about skincare products that work.