Top 5 Most Common Youth Restoring Ingredients

Know What’s In Your Potions!

Shopping for products that suit your particular needs can be confusing because there are so many different ingredients in each product.

This video explains the top 5 ingredients that are commonly found in youth-restoring products so that the next time you shop, you’ll know what you’re buying!


Without further ado, let’s get started.

  1. Retinol

    Also known as retin A, vitamin A, tretinoin, tazarotene, adapalene, and isotretinoin, retinol is a retinoid that is proven to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps too eliminate age spots and dark spots caused by sun damage.

    Retinol absorbs into your skin and helps stimulate new cell growth while sloughing old cells off. If you’re going to use retinol, you may want to try a small test area first because it can be drying and irritating. In order to be sure that there’s enough in your product to be effective, make sure that it’s no farther down the list than in the middle. To read more about the top 2 retinol products on the market right now, check out our article, Regenerist vs Correxion.

  2. Hydroxy Acids

    These sugar-based acids are actually powerful antioxidants that help destroy free radicals and act to protect you from everyday toxins such as pollution. They also act as exfoliants to help slough off dead skin cells so that new, healthy ones can grow. You’ll see them listed as alpha hydroxy acid, beta hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, or salicylic acid.

    If you’re using a product with retinol in it, don”t use it at the same time that you use your hydroxy acids. Use one in the morning and one at night. Just as an aside, one of the better hydroxy acid is vitamin C, aka l-ascorbic acid. Others that are commonly used include green tea and olive oil.

    Because hydroxy acids are photosensitive, make sure that you buy them in airtight packaging and don’t buy large quantities at a time because you want to use it fairly quickly. They will oxidize fairly quickly even under good circumstances.

  3. Sunscreen

    Sunscreen is a “must have” in your daily skincare routine. That beautiful, dark tan that you love at 25 will be a leather satchel instead of a face when you’re 50. There are many good bronzers out there that can give you that sunkissed look without the damaging effects, so stick with those instead.

    When you’re shopping for your day cream, make sure that it has sunscreens in it that cover UVA and UVB rays both, and make sure that they’re listed fairly close to the top of the list. I can’t stress enough how important this is!

    Common sunscreens include titanium dioxide, zinc dioxide, avobenzone, benzophenone, oxybenzone, dioxybenzone, helioplex (Proprietary formula found in Neutrogena products that’s a cocktail of oxybenzone, avobenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, and octisalate. Mexoryl SX is another common sunscreen and is a combination of terephthalylidene dicamphor sulfoic acid or TDSA, ecamsule, and, in LaRoche Pose products is mixed with 2% avobenzene and 10% octycrylene then marketed as Anthelios SX. The best thing about this blend is that it’s photostable, broad spectrum, and waterproof. It’s also hypoallergenic.

  4. Hydroquinone

    This product has been on the market for 40 years and is proven to reduce or even eliminate age spots and sundamaged spots. This is a controversial product because it’s been found to cause cancer in lab animals but the FDA’s kept it tentatively approved. At percentages higher than 2%, you need a prescription.

  5. Hyaluronic Acid
  6. This is a great moisture retainer and holds as much as 3000 times it’s weight in water. Since it can actually penetrate your skin, it’s a great ingredient to look for in your anti-aging products. Make sure that it’s near the top of the ingredients list, too.

Now that you know what to look for in your youth-restoring products, get out there and build yourself a fresh, new beauty box! And happy shopping!

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