Age is part of the natural order of things. But as you get older, you become more at-risk of developing diabetes, heart diseases, and respiratory infections. Because of this, all throughout history, mankind has been trying to find a solution for aging: from legends to alchemy to telomeres. Immortality remains out of reach, thereby making anti-aging products the next best thing.
Anti-aging products are not quite the miracles you want them to be, but they help a lot. They do not turn back time but they at least reduce the appearance and manifestations of aging. As age is most noticeable on the skin, most products focus on moisturizing and repairing the skin, giving a healthy and youthful appearance.
The anti-aging market is rapidly becoming more and more lucrative and is expected to be a $331 billion industry by 2021. While it is an impressive number, there are a number of legitimacy concerns to consider.
Cosmetic products are regulated somewhat leniently because the FDA focuses more on safety rather than effectuality. Efficient ingredients include coenzyme Q10, vitamin C, antioxidants, and salicylic acid.
Depending on the contents, most anti-aging serums and creams give only moderate results at best. It is also important to note that most anti-aging products on the market only manage the exterior signs of aging.
There is, however, a silver lining - genes are only a small part of what determines the quality and quantity of your golden years. If you make better lifestyle choices, you can prevent up to 80% of the common health risks.
Such lifestyle changes include the following:
*Clinical research to back up these claims can also be found in the articles surrounding each topic.