Anti-aging: how does it work exactly?

Nowadays the word ‘anti-aging’ is applied to almost every facial product. But what does it really mean? And does it actually work?

If you’ve taken a look at the packaging of anti-aging products before, you probably noticed that SPF is on the list. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. That means: solar filter. Now you may be wondering, what does that have to do with skin aging? Actually a lot, I’ll tell you all about it!

Skin aging due to UV (sunlight)

A woman with her chest facing the sun. She is holding her hands in the air, celebrating the sun's warmth.

As I said above, an anti-aging day cream actually serves as a sunscreen. The sun filter protects your skin against harmful UV rays that end up on your skin. A skin filter slows down your skin’s aging process. UV light happens to be responsible for around 80% of the signs of skin aging.

Anti-aging for mature skin

A woman with her eyes closed and her head tilted back. Looking relaxed,

Now that you know that anti-aging slows down the process of skin aging and doesn’t actually reduce it, you are probably wondering what’s up with all the TV commercials that show mature women that use a day cream with SPF in it. Why is that a thing? It is actually a way to respond to the feelings of a certain target group: the more ‘mature’ skin types. This target group is hoping a day cream will reduce or even deplete fine lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.

So? Do anti-aging products work?

Yes, anti-aging products work. It prevents the formation of early skin aging. But it is not a solution for the fine lines and wrinkles that you may already have. That is a common misunderstanding that occurs more than not. You can, however, use other products to reduce wrinkles, such as retinol or an AHA exfoliant by Paula’s Choice.

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