Health & Beauty
The ABCs of Anti-Aging
Everything you need to know about fighting wrinkles, saggy skin, dark spots and other signs of aging
Vitamin A is the source of the anti-aging powerhouse retinol. It's what builds and repairs collagen and elastin, says Dr. Harold Lancer, author of "Younger: The Breakthrough Anti-Aging Method for Radiant Skin." "It's also what keeps the color in your skin uniform and protected." Just as important as using a retinol product on your skin at night: boosting the amount of vitamin A in your body by eating a balanced diet rich in leafy greens and other veggies, fruits and lean proteins. And if all else fails, take a multivitamin or supplement.
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as glycolic acid and lactic acid are often found in cleansers, exfoliating agents and moisturizers. "As you age, cell turnover slows down and you accumulate more dull, dead skin," says Dr. Lancer. When applied directly to your skin, AHAs speed cell turnover, shedding dead cells and revealing new ones.
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Consider this your elementary guide to youthful, wrinkle-free and radiant skin. It's as easy as A-B-C.