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We pin down the important ingredients in six anti-aging products.


1. GMC Medical Antioxidant 20 Serum ($106, at medical professionals and clinics)

Essential Ingredient: L-ascorbic acid and phenylethanoid glycosides

The 20 per cent of L-ascorbic acid, a form of vitamin C, combined with phenylethanoid glycosides (which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties), work on both younger and mature skin by stimulating the skin’s repair and maintenance functions. With younger skin, youthfulness is maintained, while in older skin the serum interferes with the aging process to bring out a more hydrated, elastic, even and smoother complexion.

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2. Skinceuticals Resveratrol B E ($165, at medical clinics and spas)

Essential Ingredient: Pure resveratrol

Resveratrol, a polyphenol antioxidant found in grapes, berries, nuts and other plant sources, is the star in this antioxidant night concentrate that increases skin radiance, elasticity and density. These results are achieved by this stable form of resveratrol (known as the “longevity molecule” in skin-care research) that neturalizes free radical damage within the skin cells and builds upon the skin’s natural nighttime antioxidant defence system. With continued use after cleansing before bed, visible signs of aging improve.

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3. New Nordic Skin Care Collagen ($29.95 for 60 tablets, newnordicshop.ca)

Essential Ingredient: Marine collagen

The marine collagen in these skin supplements prevent and repair damage from environmental factors, including UV rays and humidity. By preventing exposure to unnecessary oxidative stress, the skin becomes ready for exposure to the sun and supports the production of collagen, resulting in reduced wrinkles and a stronger retention of moisture in the skin cells for a smoother and more softer face. Take two tablets per day with a glass of water to promote stronger and healthier skin. 

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4. Neocutis Lumière Bio-Restorative Eye Cream ($85, available through physicians)

Essential Ingredient: PSP (processed skin proteins) and caffeine

The hero ingredient of this product (and the whole line) is processed skin proteins (PSP), also known as peptides. The complex of PSP contains human growth factors, interleukins (also used in skin cancer-treatment to boost white blood cells that function to defend the body from foreign invaders) and cytokines (responsible for cell signalling), which act as moisture-binding agents to enhance the skin’s overall appearance, making it look more youthful. Plus caffeine helps to reduces puffiness around the eyes. 

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5. Jouviance Restructiv SRD ($54.99, Shoppers Drug Mart)

Essential Ingredient: Retinol

You may be thinking, what’s so unique about retinol? Doesn’t every anti-aging brand use it? Although this may be so, the Restructive SRD formula’s unique delivery system allows retinol to travel through the top layers of skin, where it can be slowly released to avoid symptoms of irritation, such as redness and peeling, that are seen with regular retinol delivery mechanisms. In combination with various peptides, this cream fights eight major signs of aging, with visible results in four weeks. Plus, since it’s free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, silicones, artificial dyes and fragrances, it’s suitable for the most reactive skin types.

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6. De_Cure Nootox Wrinkle Eraser ($151, spas, medical spas and medical clinics)

Essential Ingredient: Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid, which is found in neuromodulators, such as Botox and Xeomin, naturally occurs within the body and keeps our skin looking plump and supple. Combined with vitamins A, C, and E and aloe vera, the de_Cure Nootox Wrinkle Eraser gives the illusion of an instant facelift. Wrinkles are less visible and overall texture and tone of the skin improves. When applied to the face, results last for up to eight to 12 hours. Skin immediately appears tighter and smoother, much like the results seen with neuromodulators and fillers, but minus the foreign substance. Wash your face and your skin returns to normal. Finally, the airless syringe plays on the idea of a traditional injectable needle, but also preserves the formula for one year. With continued use, the skin tissues become stronger over time due to the active nutrients.

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