Anti Aging Product - What Does That Mean to You?

When it comes to trying to find the perfect anti aging product, you have an awful lot of choices in front of you. In fact, there's so many choices available that would be very easy to simply spin your wheels evaluating one after another rather than actually taking action to try to get the results that you're hoping for. We're going to look at a number of the different anti aging options available and the different categories that fall into. It's important that you at least know the general area in which to look before you begin to narrow it down specifically consist of the details of the perfect anti-aging product for you and your needs.

When we look to define an anti aging product or anti aging treatment, we're going to break it down into three main categories here. First, there is the outer, topical appearance involving things such as skin care in the sense of cosmetics, anti-wrinkle cream, homemade facials etc. as well as hair coloring, hair growth/replacement and the like. There's another category involving medical procedures including things like facelift surgeries, breast surgeries, tummy tucks, laser skin treatments or laser teeth whitening treatments or dental veneers, as well as various pharmaceutical and/or hormonal treatments. Finally, there is the "service industry" type of anti aging product category which would include things such as spotters, you're good, active living communities, senior exercise classes and general healthy lifestyle support systems.

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flickr image by Todd Ehler

When it comes to trying to find the perfect anti aging product, you have an awful lot of choices in front of you. In fact, there's so many choices available that would be very easy to simply spin your wheels evaluating one after another rather than actually taking action to try to get the results that you're hoping for. We're going to look at a number of the different anti aging options available and the different categories that fall into. It's important that you at least know the general area in which to look before you begin to narrow it down specifically consist of the details of the perfect anti-aging product for you and your needs.

When we look to define an anti aging product or anti aging treatment, we're going to break it down into three main categories here. First, there is the outer, topical appearance involving things such as skin care in the sense of cosmetics, anti-wrinkle cream, homemade facials etc. as well as hair coloring, hair growth/replacement and the like. There's another category involving medical procedures including things like facelift surgeries, breast surgeries, tummy tucks, laser skin treatments or laser teeth whitening treatments or dental veneers, as well as various pharmaceutical and/or hormonal treatments. Finally, there is the "service industry" type of anti aging product category which would include things such as spas, yoga, active living communities, senior exercise classes and general healthy lifestyle support systems.

flickr by by DDFic
flickr by by DDFic

Another thing to consider though is the fact that what you are buying this product you will be buying it from a salesperson as opposed to a medically trained professional. You may not get the same quality of information about potential side effects, what to expect, what additional measures you may need to take... you get the idea. Finally, as with many things out there, there are always the newest, the latest and greatest products and ingredients just begging for you to try them.

Realize that when these come out in the over-the-counter products, no matter what the marketing says, these are still being treated as "cosmetics". It's because of this that they're not subject to the same ruling oversight by the FDA as you would get in a medical strength products. There are no major studies with peer-reviewed double-blind research to really tell you how effective anything is. As long as the ingredients are not dangerous, and as long as the marketing isn't making any medical claims, they can say pretty much whatever they want. And I promise you, they're going to tell you things that make this sound like the ultimate antiaging product of all time.

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flickr image terra2055

For example, topical retinoids are something that you are likely to find in a prescription strength anti-wrinkle cream. While it's derived from vitamin A and has been shown to help reduce wrinkles, clear up splotchy skin and help with roughness, it needs to be used with caution especially if the skin is going to be exposed to sunlight. This is also true with many of the over-the-counter anti-rectal creams, simply to a lesser extent and will probably show up as retinol on the label.

There are other ingredients that you'll find in both prescription and nonprescription strength anti aging products alike. Hydroxy acids for example. Alpha hydroxy acid is probably the most common one along with beta hydroxy and poly hydroxy acids. These methods work to remove a very thin layer of skin and help stimulate new growth. Because of this, it's critical to use sunscreen when using products containing these ingredients. Coenzyme Q10 is another. Studies suggest that it helps reduce fine wrinkles around the eyes and it doesn't have any side effects. In fact, it actually seems to be will to help protect against sun damage. Finally, green tea extract. Green tea as well as black tea and oolong extracts contain a lot of antioxidants. Antioxidants are a cornerstone of anti aging products and anti-wrinkle creams.

When you consider the fact that we discussed only a tiny number of ingredients and a handful of products within the skin care portion of the first category we outlined in the overall anti aging product market... you start to get a sense for how enormous, far-reaching and widespread the options at opportunities are within the antiaging market. With the population mass known as the baby boomers now approaching the senior years with a whole bunch of their compatriots following close behind, it's no surprise at all that there is a massive, massive market in the antiaging products area. Certainly there are benefits to be reaped in each and every one of the nature categories as well as the subcategories. However, what is the market this huge, undoubtedly there will be a lot of "easy book does quote type of products to sift through. Whenever possible, it is highly recommended that you speak to a professional before committing to much time, money or energy in any one direction. In the case of things such as an anti-wrinkle cream as discussed in this article, the discussion with your dermatologist would be wise. In any case, whatever antiaging product you choose to embrace, we wish you the very best in a long, healthy, happy and vibrant life.

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Lisa 6 years ago

I also enjoyed reading it.

Thanks a lot for the hub!

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