Kristals Tips: Best Anti-wrinkle Cream Ingredients

Between the hype swirling about new “miracle” ingredients and complicated lists that may feel like you need a Ph.D. in chemistry to decipher, it’s hard to know what actually works. How do you decode the lists of anti-wrinkle cream ingredients on products you find at the store?

We’re bringing in the Kristals beauty & skincare experts to see what they recommend as the best anti-wrinkle cream ingredients – so you can cut through the clutter and get to the good stuff, whether you’re choosing a cream, moisturizer, or serum.

Kristals Tips: Best Anti-wrinkle Cream Ingredients

Retinol

This vitamin A derivative has proven effects to stop wrinkles while boosting collagen and elastin production. Retinol is one of the very best anti-wrinkle cream ingredients you can find.

Here’s a small selection of what Kristals offers with retinol:

Antioxidants

These are specific vitamins like vitamin C, A and E that fight the free radical oxygen molecules that age our skin. Some of them even help stimulate collagen (hello, vitamin C!) and promote the repair of skin cells.

A lot of Kristals products have antioxidants plainly because they are immensely powerful. Here are a few:

Peptides

These proteins help bind moisture to promote hydration and seem to have positive effects on improving intercellular communication to help skin cells repair themselves. On labels, you’ll see them referred to by their specific names, like Tetrapeptide-26, Tetrapeptide-7 and oligopeptide.

A few stellar Kristals products contain peptides – let’s highlight the following:

Niacinamide

Derived from vitamin B3, niacinamide is great for treating dark spots or discoloration that comes from sun damage or simply the passage of time, in addition to being an anti-aging wonder. It’s also helpful for treating skin inflammation and acne.

Anti-wrinkle Kristals products with vitamin B3 include:

Hyaluronic acid

This is a highly recommend moisturizing agent that dermatologists recommend time and again, since hydrated skin usually looks full and radiant.

There you have it: 5 of the best anti-wrinkle cream ingredients so you can make sure your skincare investments are worth it and you can get the results you seek!

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: What to Look for in a Good Moisturizer

 

When you choose a facial moisturizer (or one for the body), you are really looking for a product that can do multiple tasks at one time. At the top of the list here at Kristals Cosmetics are sun protection, moisture management, and protection from free radicals. Ideally one lotion or cream should be able to do it all, but you can layer products if necessary.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: What to Look for in a Good Moisturizer

  1. Sun protection

The sun is crucial for life (and for vitamin D production) but it can also be your skin’s worst enemy, according to the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics. Sun exposure not only leads to wrinkles and “age spots,” but also contributes to potentially deadly skin cancer.

Check the label of any facial moisturizer for an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 for daytime wear. Be sure you are getting broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UBV rays. Commonly available and naturally sourced sun-protective ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These ingredients may leave a white cast to your skin, so choose a thin formulation that can be easily absorbed over a heavier cream.

  1. A moisturizing/humectant combination

Dry skin will look older than supple skin, and will also feel tight and possibly even itchy or irritated. Moisturizing ingredients will help to prevent the skin from losing its all-important existing moisture. These include plant oils like coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, silicones, and animal oils (like lanolin).

Humectants attract additional external water to the skin; look for sorbitol, glycols, glycerin and sodium PCA to do this job.

A good body moisturizer with these ingredients is the ROCK CRYSTAL – Supreme Body Butter, available in Love Spells and Free Magic scents, from Kristals Cosmetics. These body butters are rich in African shea butter, beeswax, and glycerin to leave skin supple and soft from the neck down.

  1. Antioxidant power

Found in fruits, vegetables, and other naturally occurring substances (and which you can also take in vitamin supplement form), antioxidants are indispensable for preventing some of the damage that is done, daily, by unavoidable free radicals.

Tocopherol (vitamin E), lycopene (a carotenoid found in red produce), green tea, coffee berry, resveratrol (from grapes), grape seed, genistein (from soy), niacinamide (vitamin B3), vitamin A (a.k.a. retinol), and l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) are all powerful antioxidants used in skincare products.

Often, antioxidants are used in combination with each other, including in our Kristals Cosmetics line of moisturizers. For example, the GOLD 24K Gold Eye Perfecting Cream from Kristals Cosmetics includes vitamin E together with vitamin A to erase fine lines and generally combat premature aging.

Another great option is the AMBER Multi-Vitamin C Hydration Cream from Kristals Cosmetics. This cream includes vitamin C and vitamin E to effectively correct skin tone and fight wrinkles.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: Is Your Skin Stressed Out?

Under pressure?  The side effects of a hectic life include increased cortisol production.  Your skin usually pays the price and will be sure to communicate your stress levels.  Here’s a list from Kristals Cosmetics experts of the main stress signs to watch out for, and how you can manage them.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: Is Your Skin Stressed Out?

#1 You’re breaking out

This stress hormone, cortisol, is also responsible for other hormonal imbalances, such as testosterone.  That extra testosterone increases oil production which clogs pores and combined with bacteria causes acne breakouts.

Pssst… try facial mapping to heal your breakouts too!

Kristals Cosmetics Tip:  When stressed, make a habit of cleansing your face the right way, twice a day, to control its amount of oil and kill the bacteria causing your pimples.

We suggest the DIAMOND Anti-Gravity Gentle Foaming Milk from Kristals Cosmetics.  This gentle 2-phase milk-to-foam cleanser with real diamonds cleans, hydrates, and frees your skin from pollutants and makeup residues. Follow this step with the ROSE QUARTZ Oil Free Spot Treatment from Kristals Cosmetics to heal and dry your acne.

#2 Your Face Feels Tighter than Usual

Another signal of stress that quickly shows on your skin are dullness and dry skin.  If your face is not usually that dry and you’re feeling it tighter than normal when you smile, chances are your skin is getting dehydrated as a result of stress.  Blame cortisol, once again.

It is the culprit for the skin’s inability to hold on to water. Moisture loss can easily be detected by a sudden lack of glow in your complexion.

Kristals Cosmetics Tip: Skip hot showers because hot temperatures strip skin’s natural oils. Instead, shower warm and apply a rich face cream – such as Ruby Super Facial Nourishing Cream – while your skin is still damp to lock in that moisture. Last but not least, schedule some time to pamper yourself and relax while using Aventurine Collagen Booster Mask from Kristals Cosmetics.

Psst… go here to read about aventurine’s skincare benefits.

#3 You look Flushed all the time

Have you been worrying a bit too much about redness lately?  Stress can also trigger flushing due to rosacea flares or increased blood flow.

Kristals Cosmetics Tip:  Pure gold has very powerful anti-inflammatory properties. We recommend the daily use of 24K Gold Facial Perfecting Serum from Kristals Cosmetics.

#4 Your eyes look super tired

Lack of sleep and chronic tension will tax the sensitive skin around your eyes, causing dark circles and puffiness.

Kristals Cosmetics Tip:  Hit the sack earlier!  While you rest, sleep with your head slightly up to decrease inflammation.

In the morning, schedule some time to apply fresh cucumber slices over your eyes.  These constrict the blood and lymph vessels that bring fluid to the eye area. Lastly, use Sapphire Retinol Firming & Lifting eye cream from Kristals Cosmetics followed by under-eye concealer.

Why Gold is Great for Anti-Aging

Gold has been used as a beauty enhancer since at least the time of the ancient Egyptians. And while modern studies have yet to prove the effect of gold on your skin, dozens of people, as well as skincare and beauty companies, swear by the stuff.

In practice, gold as part of your skincare and beauty routine seems to help fight the signs of aging in a number of different ways. We spoke with the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics to find out how.

#1 It May Have Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Several medical experts believe that gold fights the signs of inflammation in the body to help prevent disease and other problems. In fact, many doctors will prescribe gold as a treatment for the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Some experts think these same anti-inflammatory properties can fight the free radicals that lead to wrinkles and other signs of aging.

#2 Gold Nanoparticles Help with Healing
The newest technology in gold is known as nanoparticles, which is essentially the ability to break down gold into very tiny particles. A recent study of gold nanoparticles found that they helped with wound healing on the skin.

#3 Gold May Enhance the Ability of Other Ingredients
Along with its own specific anti-aging properties, many believe the gold serves as an excellent carrier for other effective skincare ingredients, thus enhancing their abilities. For example, Kristals Cosmetics adds ingredients like vitamin E, Retinyl Palmitate and others to its gold-based skincare products.

#4 It Makes You Glow
One indisputable fact about gold skincare products is that they impart a healthy, radiant glow. Many report that their skin positively beams with radiance after a gold-based facial or other treatment. And that on its own can serve as an anti-aging property, at least in the short-term.

About Kristals Cosmetics
Kristals Cosmetics has unlocked the holistically healing power of gemstones to promote vibrant, radiant skin with a deep range of products, including creams, masks and serums. Kristals complements its gemstone-infused skincare products with leading-edge ingredients designed to pair perfectly with precious gems, including peptides, niacinamide and Vitamin C.

How to Use Gold for Skincare

While gold has long been a symbol of power and, in some cultures, perfection, it’s not just a fancy ingredient to add to a skincare product. A number of studies have shown that gold delivers a massive number of antioxidants to the skin and is a superior exfoliant. Gold particles also tend to penetrate well into the deeper layers of the skin. Knowing this, product formulators at Kristals Cosmetics developed gold-based skincare products that maximize the element’s skincare properties while combining it with proven skincare superstar ingredients like peptides and antioxidants to take advantage of how deeply gold particles can penetrate the skin. See the power of gold in skincare for yourself with this tutorial video from Kristals Cosmetics: