If you’ve spent serious amounts of time in the sun this summer, it’s a good idea to show your skin a bit of love. Summer’s strong UV rays along with free radicals can increase damage to the skin which in turn can lead to premature aging. Along with a healthy diet and regular use of sunscreen, you can counter some of this damage with anti-aging skincare products. Many creams, gels and serums on the market include ingredients like glycolic acid, plant extracts and retinol, among other things, to address the skin’s premature aging. Each product has a different intended use, so it’s worth doing your research before investing in in a pricey compound — below are a few worth checking out.
Perricone MD High Potency Evening Repair
This little bottle packs quite the punch and is intended to be used at night. It contains retinol (vitamin A) to increase cell turnover and stimulate elastin production, dimethylethanolamine (DMAE) to prevent wrinkles and alpha lipoic acid to fight free radials (it’s 400 times stronger than vitamin E and C combined).
M.E. Skin Lab Complex 27 Bio-Restorative Regenerating Serum
This nighttime serum includes beta-hydroxy acids (BHA) to exfoliate and stimulate the renewal of the outer layer of skin (reducing fine lines in the process). It also includes probiotics to balance the skin’s ecosystem and vitamin B3, lemon balm and lettuce water to soothe and protect.
Alpha Skin Care Essential Renewal Gel
With 10 percent glycolic alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA), this gel reduces lines and wrinkles, leaving skin clear and radiant. OTher important ingredients include vitamin B5 to help the skin retain moisture and green tea extract to help fight free radicals. Free of oils, fragrances and parabens, this should be used along with sunscreen as it may increase sun sensitivity.
Clinique for Men Anti-Age Moisturizer
Designed to smooth fine lines and revitalize tired skin, this moisturizer contains antioxidants from caffeine to neutralize free radicals and plant extracts to exfoliate skin. It absorbs quickly and is appropriate for both day and night use.
Kiehl’s Age Defender Moisturizer
Appropriate for morning and evening use, this moisturizer contains capryloyl salicylic acid (LHA) to exfoliate and smooth imperfections and linseed extract to firm skin and help reduce wrinkles. Formulated for men’s thicker skin, it also includes caffeine which can stimulate the skin and neutralize free radicals.
Brickell Men’s Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream
This all-natural cream absorbs quickly and is available in scented and unscented options. It utilizes dimethylethanolamine (DMAE) to prevent wrinkles, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) to fight age spots and pigmentation and hyaluronic acid to counter fine lines.
Grown Alchemist Age Repair Treatment Cream
This potent cream smooths fine lines and fights free radicals. It utilizes phyto-peptides to help revitalize the skin and white tea extract to help even out skintone and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
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