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Does Anti-Aging Serum Work?

Anti-aging products form a large part of the skincare market. If you walk in cosmetic stores, you'll see shelves full of creams, serums, and other topical products claiming to prevent or reverse aging signs. However, most consumers are skeptical about the functionality of these products. Honestly, it may not be easy to believe that a smoothing cream can give any significant results. If you're very skeptical about creams, maybe you should try anti-wrinkle injections.

Research indicates that serums have active ingredients that reduce anti-aging. As a result, they're effective and safe.

Here are some common active ingredients that are found in serums:

1. Retinal

Retinal is one of the main ingredients that's used in most anti-aging products, including serums. According to Doctor Desmer Destang, an aesthetic dermatology specialist, this ingredient is an active vitamin A. As you age, your body naturally loses vitamin A. As a result, you'll start seeing wrinkles, and your complexion may become dull. But using products with retinol can help you to reverse this situation.

The retinoic acid in retinol works to build collagen, improve cell turnover, increase discoloration, and replenish your body's vitamin A. Succinctly put, it teaches your aging skin cells to behave young, healthy cells and encourages them to grow more rapidly. So it's likely that serums with retinol will give you firmer, brighter, and smoother skin.

2. Resveratrol

This is a plant compound that's also found in red wine. It's mostly sold as a supplement. Some studies have indicated that resveratrol can inhibit chronic health problems like heart disease or diabetes. However, this compound has also been shown to slow down aging. A 2008 study published in the Cell Metabolism journal discovered that red wine slowed down aging in mice. However, when used in 29 middle-aged and healthy women, it didn't have substantial metabolic effects. Research on this compound is still ongoing.

3. Antioxidants

Serums also contain antioxidants that promote the healing and repair of mature skin. Antioxidants also prevent the skin from damage by keeping at bay free radicals and environmental stressors like pollution and UV. They work by preventing the degradation of protein structures within the skin. Antioxidants come in many forms, including vitamin C and E, niacinamide, and green tea extract. Vitamin C pairs itself with free radicals that are searching for missing electrons and neutralizes their damage. Serums packed with antioxidants will indeed reduce anti-aging.

4. Alpha-Hydroxy Acids

You get most of these acids from fruit and milk sugars. Some examples of alpha-hydroxy acids include glycolic, citric, and lactic acids. Though they are gained naturally, some manufacturers use them in their serums because they eliminate dead skin cells and boost new cells' growth. Every alpha-hydroxy acid produces a different effect. Lactic acid, commonly derived from sour milk, eliminates dead skin cells and brightens the skin. Glycolic acid reduces wrinkles and fine lines, making your skin appear tighter and smoother.

5. Moisturizers

A good serum should also have a moisturizer because hydrated skin equals plump skin. Most serum manufacturers use hyaluronic acids in their products. This acid hydrates the surface of the skin and makes it plumper. Hyaluronic acid also holds in the skin's water, preventing you from losing more water. Unfortunately, as you age, your skin is likely to lose more water. So, a serum product with a moisturizer like hyaluronic would help you look younger because it'll balance your skin's moisture.


Anti-aging serums with perfect ingredients can help to reduce aging. These are some of the most effective age-reduction ingredients that should be in your serum.

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