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5 Very Important Anti-Aging Ingredients

     It can be a bit overwhelming walking through the moisturizing aisle at the drugstore.  So many options.  What are AHAs?  Should I use retinol?  What ingredients work well together for wrinkles?  What ingredients should I not combine?  Here at blissani we understand.  We went through the ringer trying to figure out what to put into our anti-aging formulas.  While we can’t (or won’t) go through all of the myriad anti-aging options on the market, we can give you a rundown of some of the more popular wrinkle fighting ingredients on the market in 2021 and 2022.

AHA Basics

     AHA’s are Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids.  As it pertains to skincare, AHAs refer to a group of water-soluble acids which are extracted from fruits and vegetables.  AHA’s exfoliate the skin and help clear away dead skin, leaving skin looking more clean and refreshed.  They are considered a chemical exfoliant as this process of dead skin removal and cleansing is conducted chemically (as opposed to a physical exfoliant such as a scrub).  One of the more popular AHAs in skincare and anti-aging is glycolic acid.

Glycolic Acid

     Glycolic acid has a multitude of benefits in skincare.  It works similar to other AHAs in that its main activity is to exfoliate.  However, as glycolic acid has the smallest molecule of all the AHAs, it is able to penetrate into the pores better than the rest.  In addition to anti-aging, glycolic acid can help reduce hyper-pigmentation and dark spots.  It is used frequently in anti-acne treatments and solutions for its exfoliative properties.

Lactic Acid

     Lactic acid is another AHA with anti-aging benefits.  It’s the same lactic acid you might find in milk or other dairy products.  It’s also great for your skin and works similar to glycolic acid as it acts as an exfoliant.  Some people have gone so crazy for lactic acid they’ve poured themselves a milk bath.  Also similar to glycolic acid is the way lactic acid stimulates collagen growth.  Healthy collagen promotes firmer and younger looking skin.

milk bath benefit for natural anti aging infographic

Citric Acid

     Another AHA you might have in your refrigerator is Citric Acid.  As an AHA, citric acid works similarly to lactic and glycolic acid.  It promotes cell turnover (aka clears away dead skin, and promotes new skin).  It’s commonly found in all sorts of fruits and vegetables such as lemons and oranges.  In addition to cell turnover, citric acid helps maintain your skin’s pH levels.  This helps to maintain your skin’s natural barrier which is essential for maintaining clear, healthy and youthful skin. Citric acid helps in the fight against acne with this oil balancing, and we made sure to include it in our blissani Naturals Anti-Acne Face Wash.  However, citric acid and most AHAs do not pair well with retinoids.


     As it pertains to skin, a retinoid refers to a topical form of Vitamin A.  We use a vegan retinol in our Very Toney and Gemma Crema Anti-Aging Serums.  It works by promoting healthy collagen.  Retinol also has been proven to help fade dark spots and promote the production of new blood vessels under the skin which can improve both color and tone.  Additionally, retinoids are frequently used in Anti-Acne treatments to unclog pores reducing pimples and zits.

What is Retinol Anyway by blissani blog article explains retinol and anti aging

Hyaluronic Acid

     Finally, for this round we will discuss Hyaluronic Acid or HA.  Hyaluronic Acid occurs naturally in your body.  Hyaluronic Acid is mostly found in the joints and connective tissue of the body.  Studies have shown, when injected into the body, hyaluronic acid can reduce wrinkles for up to one year.  Topical studies of hyaluronic acid have shown surprisingly positive results as well.  For all these reasons (and the fact it pairs nicely with retinol) we made sure to include Hyaluronic Acid in our blissani line of vegan Anti-Aging Serums.

     If you plan to combine a retinoid with any form of AHA, we recommend speaking with a dermatologist.  Many people make the mistake of assuming natural and holistic remedies are not strong enough to harm them.  This could not be further from the truth.  We can speak from experience, even using retinol more than once a day by itself can cause major irritation.  The exfoliation process of AHAs is chemical and we not recommend playing mad scientist with your beautiful face.  If you’re going the DIY route, consider sticking with either AHAs or retinoids.  If you’re planning on combining, start with a natural beauty supplier you trust.  Stay safe and stay well.

Gemma Crema anti aging with retinol and hyaluronic acid


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