While cosmetic surgery seems to be all the rage, the truth is that most of us want to know how to work with what we have in the most natural way we can. That means eating right, living a healthy lifestyle and finding the perfect skin care regimen.
For many, a solid anti-aging skincare regiment wouldn’t be complete without a healthy dose of glycolic acid. That’s because glycolic acid is a natural exfoliant which also helps skin to look and feel younger.
What do we mean by anti-aging?
First, let’s consider our terms. When people refer to an anti-aging skincare regimen, they are referring to a product or series of products that help to reduce the visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Many products also help prevent more signs of aging from setting in. With regular use, some people claim that their skin is able to successfully fend off most visible signs of aging.
Some ingredients you might find in anti-aging skincare products include Vitamin C, Retinol and salicylic acid, as well as glycolic acid.
How can you use glycolic acid to combat aging?
The anti-aging properties of glycolic acid are inherent in the product. That is, this natural product has a natural and easy ability to combat signs of aging by smoothing the skin and reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. But it’s imperative that you find the right anti-aging glycolic acid product for you.
Glycolic acid can serve several functions, most of which are useful in the battle against aging. They include the stimulation of collagen and elastin, and the ability to improve the texture of the skin. Glycolic acid also cleanses the follicles of the skin, making them smoother and softer. Glycolic acid also evens the skin tone, which is helpful since many people find that their skin becomes less even in pigmentation as they older they get.
In most over-the-counter products, the concentration of glycolic acid is kept fairly low (usually somewhere between 3 and 10 percent), while in chemical peels performed in doctor’s offices, the concentration can be much higher.
You can certainly use a product that contains just glycolic acid as its active ingredient. That alone will likely help your skin to look smoother and younger. But if you want to really ramp up the anti-aging benefits, find a product that combines glycolic acid with retinol. The combination of these two powerful ingredients (Retinol is a form of Vitamin A) is a strong combinations to combat the aging of your skin.
You can also head to a doctor’s office for a glycolic peel, in which the concentration of glycolic acid is higher and the results more dramatic and generally more immediate, and then combine those results with whatever you get from your glycolic skin care products.
As with anything, the best solution is to find what works for you and then be consistent.