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Best anti-aging products for a youthful face

Lisa Schryver

Tribune Specialty Products

2:55 PM CDT, July 9, 2013

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It seems there are countless anti-aging products available today, which can be both a good and bad thing. Good because all those options mean just about any age-related skin issue can be addressed, and bad because all those choices can be overwhelming. That’s why we have consulted with industry leaders to decode the secrets to choosing the best anti-aging products available.

Best Anti-Aging Products Ingredients

Much of the confusion about around finding the right anti-aging product is the ocean of ingredients available. Celebrity esthetician Eileen Harcourt lists a few of the most common ingredients and explains the purpose of each.

Peptides: Increase collagen production and firmness

Retinoids: Stimulate cell production

Hydroxy acids: Eliminate dead skin cells

African kigelia fruit: Firms, smoothes and evens out skin color

Hyaluronic acid: Increases moisture in the epidermis

Collagen: Not new but when used correctly is still a good ingredient for maintaining moisture in the epidermis.    

“Of course I love anti-oxidants, but I think that should be a given at any age,” Harcourt adds. “Consumers should also be aware of where these ingredients sit on the ingredient list.”

Ingredients listed lower than fourth on the list indicate there is usually a very small percent of the ingredient in the product. This is actually better for younger skin because the product is less stimulating and less active, she says. However, results won’t be achieved for more mature skin when these ingredients are listed at the bottom. 

Best anti-aging products for younger skin

Any esthetician will tell you that it’s never too early to start an anti-aging skin care regimen. However, Harcourt warns 20-something consumers to tread lightly.

“Anti-aging products can be quite stimulating on a young skin,” she explains. “They think they'll get a head start on anti-aging but can end up with a face full of blemishes.”

Clinique offers an extensive line of anti-aging products to choose from. If you’re in your 20s and are unsure what products are best for your skin, be sure to consult with a beauty counter associate to have a regimen tailored for you. A good starting point may be Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30. It features SPF protection, antioxidants for prevention, plus enough coverage to banish imperfections in one simple application. 

Clinique anti aging BB Cream

Women 30 and older will also benefit from a skin consultation. Harcourt recommends taking your skin type into consideration as well as the problem you’re looking to address, such as loss of tone, deep dryness, or expression lines. 

Application of anti-aging products

Some skin care products are most effective when worn overnight, while others are light enough to be worn during the day.

“Any retinol or vitamin A product is best suited to use in the evening because they tend to break down when exposed to the sun,” explains Victoria Fantauzzi, owner of Chicago-based La Bella Figura Beauty. “Vitamin C products work best during the day and should contain Vitamin E so it doesn't oxidize to work most effectively.”

Use vitamin C products before a moisturizer of face oil. Face oils are all the rage in the last few years because they work faster to moisturize skin and balance pH levels and can be used all day on bare skin or underneath sunscreens and makeup, Fantauzzi says. However, be sure to use a fruit- or vegetable-based face oil, not a petroleum-based oil which won’t absorb into the skin. 

Origins Plantscription Collection provides all the anti-aging benefits in entirely plant-derived formulas.

Origins Plantscription Collection

Best anti-aging products on a budget

$100 and Under

Capture Totale Resurfacing Peel ($95)

Clarins Vital Light Night Cream - All Skin Types ($90)Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex ($84)

$80 and Under

Strivectin TL Tightening Trio for Lift Value Set ($79)

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector ($76)

Philosophy Hope in a Jar ($65)

$50 and Under

Estee Lauder PERFECTIONIST CP Deep Wrinkle Filler ($42)

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Makeup Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15 ($42)Fashion Fair Skin Renewal Exfoliating Cream ($28)