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When it comes to getting and keeping healthier, younger-looking skin, everyone needs to use products that contain three types of ingredients: antioxidants, skin-restoring ingredients, and skin-replenishing ingredients. Along with daily sun protection, each is vital to giving skin what it needs to visibly improve in numerous ways— but what do we mean by “skin restoring”? We’re about to tell you!
What Are Skin-Restoring Ingredients?
Skin-restoring ingredients are skincare ingredients that nourish in a way that helps transform skin so it appears noticeably younger. Daily use leads to a renewed feeling of firmness, brightness, smoother texture, and a more even-looking skin tone.
Skin-restoring ingredients also help improve dull skin tone plus reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles—including deep wrinkles. They’re a very exciting category of anti-aging ingredients for the way they complement and reinforce the benefits of a complete skincare routine.
How Skin-Restoring Ingredients Work
Think of skin-restoring ingredients as “connecting wires” in a telephone-like communication system. With age, sun damage, and other factors, the natural restorative ability of skin’s surface weakens. Skin-restoring ingredients have a special ability to help restore a normal connection so skin can “hear” the entire message about how to look better, younger, healthier.
Applying products that contain skin-restoring ingredients helps skin regain a more vibrant, youthful appearance because skin’s surface is better able to act in a way that keeps skin looking great.
Daily application of skin-restoring ingredients in products like your face moisturizer, serum, eye cream, and sunscreen helps strengthen skin against external aggressors that can lead to various signs of aging, from pronounced wrinkles to increasing loss of firmness.
Our Favorite Skin-Restoring Ingredients
Unlike with antioxidants, there isn’t an endless list of skin-restoring ingredients to consider—which many will find a relief! The most researched skin-restoring ingredients include retinol, niacinamide, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, ceramides, adenosine, and various peptides.
You’ll find these ingredients (along with antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients) in Paula’s Choice Skincare toners (like RESIST Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner), serums (like RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum), moisturizers like RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer, sunscreens such as RESIST Skin-Restoring Moisturizer SPF 50, and boosters such as 10% Niacinamide Booster.
In short, we’re devoted to using skin-restoring ingredients in as many leave-on skincare products as possible because research is clear how vital they are for all skin types, all ages!
References for this information:
Aging Research Reviews, January 2015, pages 8-21
British Journal of Dermatology, March 2010, pages 647-654
Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 343-349
Archives of Dermatology, May 2007, pages 605-612
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, December 2006, pages 343-349
Dermatologic Surgery, July 2005, pages 860-865
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, May 2004, pages 231-238
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About the Experts
Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:
The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and providing expert advice that solves your skincare frustrations so you can have the best skin of your life!