It seems every time you turn around, there’s another high-tech, high-performance skin care ingredient hitting the market – and many of them are so complex, you practically need a degree in chemistry to decipher what they do. With a new crop of “breakthrough” ingredients every year, each more wondrous and remarkable than the last, here’s the scoop on this year’s “ones to watch.” No advanced degree required.
Touted as a new way to plump skin and fill out volume, this plant-based sugar molecule (derived from Beech wood) helps stimulate Glycoaminoglycans (GAGs), which are fluids in the body that nourish Collagen and Elastin while protecting against loss of moisture. As we age, we lose GAGs. When Proxylane enters the skin, it triggers the production of the inner cellular matrix to absorb more water, making the matrix more gel-like, which increases the firmness and fullness of skin cells.
Modeled after the paralytic venom from a Brazilian viper, this synthetic Peptidecomplex helps relax nerve impulses that cause skin to wrinkle when we smile or squint, working in a manner similar to Botox. Mostly found in eye products, Syn-ake has been shown to reduce fine lines by up to 20% in research studies.
One of the main causes of wrinkles is the breakdown of skin Collagen, so the re-growth of Collagen would certainly be an anti-aging breakthrough. Growth Factors, which are a group of proteins that act as chemical messengers between cells, turning on and off cellular activity, may do just that. Used in the medical industry to treat wounds, topical application of Growth Factors has been shown to speed healing. Three Growth Factors in particular – TNS, TGF beta and PSP – have been shown to help stimulate cells to produce Collagen, counteracting photodamage, loss of elasticity and epidermal thinning.
This Amino Acid is found naturally in the body, but its levels decrease as we age. It has remarkable properties that not only neutralize destructive free radicals that accelerate skin aging, but rejuvenates cells and connective tissue, which helps extend the lifespan of skin cells preventing loss of elasticity and wrinkles. It’s unique in that it’s the one of the only substances that addresses three of the top processes that lead to aging – oxidation, inflammation and glycation – making it a serious heavy hitter in the war against aging.
Found naturally in red wine, this compound has garnered great interest as an anti-aging ingredient, since it possesses both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers. Resveratrol actually stimulates enzymes called Sirtuins, which have been shown to repair DNA and increase the lifespan of skin cells by up to 160%, helping to slow down the aging clock and prevent wrinkles and sagging, rather than trying to reverse the signs of aging.
Known in the East as the “Gold of Morocco,” this oil is one of the best sources of antioxidant-rich Vitamin E, combining some of skin care’s healthiest fatty acids including Linoleic Acid, Omega-6 and Tocopherols to keep skin hydrated and balanced. This makes it a go-to ingredient in oil-controlling products.