The hottest antiaging products
The quest for a fountain of youth continues. In the meantime, fortunately, there are some great products on the market that can help you get your skin looking younger.
At Flint's Ulta Beauty store, a few products made with key anti-aging ingredients are flying off the shelves.
Aesthetician, Donna Hewitt says that's starting with hyloronic acid, "Which is a molecule that will hold a thousand times it's weight in moisture from the atmosphere, and it binds to your skin and moves everything up and together smoother."
Turns out vitamin C is good for more than cold prevention- some people swear by it for younger looking skin.
"Vitamin C is a really good ingredient," Donna says, "It brightens, lightens and tightens. It's the BLT of skincare."
Another popular, do-it-all ingredient is Retin-A or retinol, found in a lot of products now.
"They're making better retinol now that doesn't redden or irritate your skin a much," Donna tells me.
The trick with these products, Donna says, is knowing how much of ingredients like retinol, vitamin C and hyloronic acid are actually in them, "Usually it's the percentage of the ingredient in the product and where it's located on the ingredients list on the back of your package. You'll want to see if it's at the top or the bottom."
If you want to be more certain of what you are actually getting, there are prescription versions of most of the anti-aging products.
Dr. David Stockman, of Michigan Skin Clinic in Saginaw says his patients have great results, "The pharmeceutical grade stuff tends to help quite a bit. Those are the things I recommed to patients to look for when they are looking for things to take away wrinkles and things like that."
One of the trickiest signs of aging skin to get rid of are dark spots- hyper pigmentation.
"You can do everything from the bleaching creams to the hydroquinones, that might do a great job of taking away some of those dark spots," Stockman says.
One of the best things you can do to slow the aging of your skin is to wear sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher, on your face, every day, all year.
"Staying out of the sun. Using sunscreen," Stockman says, "Not smoking, and drinking plenty of water. You'd be surprised at how far that goes in terms of helping people."
So, technically, your best antiaging products are free.
As for the often pricy skin care products you rely on, one simple way to stretch your dollar is to use a little less.
Donna says it actually doesn't take much, "You just need like a rice-sized piece for your eyes, of the product to smooth in."
She says you don't need much more than that to cover your entire face, either, "If it's rolling up on your skin, you're using too much."