The Best Anti-Aging Skincare Ingredients To Look For

Because your skin only favors a lucky few..
BY Sarah Lim
| May, 2021
Anti-aging Skincare Ingredients

Care to age like Halle Berry or J.Lo? Start with the best anti-aging skincare ingredients! Sure, most of us can’t afford expensive celebrity skincare treatments. Still, we do have access to certain ingredients that target specific skin concerns, such as wrinkles, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and dryness. We can start with those minimal ingredient lists at least!

List Of Anti-Aging Skincare Ingredients To Reduce Signs Of Aging

Here are the best anti-aging ingredients to prevent your signs of aging in case you are looking for the right products for your complexion!

Retinol

It’s a kind of vitamin A that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in your skin. It also supports healthy collagen production. For sun-damaged, thin, fragile, or aged skin, retinol is a popular and effective anti-aging ingredient.

While YOU can get retinol in prescription form for your skincare products, over-the-counter forms aren’t as irritating. Retinol is known to be irritating to the skin for those starting a new routine or for people with sensitive skin. However, it can help improve the appearance of photoaging in the skin. 

You can usually find retinol in eye creams, moisturizers, neck creams, and nighttime balms for your skin. As retinol is sensitive to sunlight, this ingredient should only be applied at nighttime!

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a key component of skin health when it comes to aging skin. It supports collagen production for healthy and supple skin and can help protect against photoaging and heal existing sun damage. 

For mature skin with hyperpigmentation—dark or discolored areas on the skin such as age spots or sun spots—vitamin C can help here too. You’ll find it generally in serums and also can find it in eye creams, moisturizers & face masks. You must use Vitamin C products in the morning and can apply those at nighttime for extra benefits.

Peptides

Peptides are similar to proteins but smaller and made up of amino acids. You’ll find them in certain foods and every cell in your body. These small amino acid chains play an instrumental role in collagen production —they tell your skin when to produce more collagen, which naturally decreases as we age.

As collagen production decreases, skin gets damaged, and wrinkles happen. Peptides can help support collagen production and more youthful-looking skin. There are many different kinds of peptides, and each can support the skin in several ways.

For example, hexapeptides have been shown to act “deeply and intensely” on wrinkles, reducing the number, depth, and length of wrinkles.

Peptide KTTKS (lysine-threonine-threonine-lysine-serine) can help photodamaged skin, while GEKG (glycine-glutamate-lysine-glycine) can improve skin roughness and elasticity.

GHK (glycyl-L-histidyl-L-lysine) tightens skin, improves skin firmness, reduces wrinkles and the appearance of sun damage, including hyperpigmentation, as well as skin inflammation.

Peptides can be made from foods or synthetically manufactured, and some can even come from animal products. So if avoiding those, be sure to double-check your product’s formula. You can find these excellent anti-aging skincare ingredients in eye creams, moisturizers, and serums!

Hyaluronic Acid

Your body naturally produces hyaluronic acid to keep the skin supple, supporting proper wound healing and connective tissue function. It is a must for anti-aging skincare. Research shows hyaluronic acid has significant benefits for the skin. It improves skin wrinkles, hydration, and firmness in just a few weeks. 

Hyaluronic acid is particularly beneficial for dry skin and for people with mature skin. Usually, you can find it in a range of products, from serums and masks to moisturizers, eye creams, and night creams. Hyaluronic acid is an anti-aging skincare superstar!

Niacinamide

This one is a form of vitamin B3, which acts as an antioxidant for the skin to reduce free radical damage and improve existing signs of aging. Niacinamide can help improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, redness and even support healthy skin elasticity. 

Overall, niacinamide is known for having a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and can be layered with retinol to help reduce irritation. Niacinamide can be helpful for people with dry or sensitive skin. You can find it in everything from moisturizers & eye creams to serums & toners for your anti-aging skincare routine!

Green Tea

Green tea has an antioxidant effect on the skin, meaning it can help improve the appearance of photoaging by combating oxidative stress, or free radicals damage, in the body.

A popular anti-aging skincare ingredient, green tea extract can help protect your skin and improve its elasticity. We have also seen that green tea extract helps to reduce skin roughness and has a moisturizing effect.

The star here is a component called Epigallocatechin Gallate, better known as EGCG. Green tea is rich in this compound, which acts as an antioxidant to reduce cell damage and lower inflammation in the skin. 

Green tea extract is commonly found in moisturizers but you can also find it in serums, masks, toners, mists, and cleansers.

Sunscreen

You can’t protect your skin against the aging process without sunscreen. Sure, you could never go out in the sun, but sunscreen is a better alternative than adopting a vampire lifestyle (at least for most!).

Since sun damage accounts for the majority of visible changes to your skin, using sunscreen as part of your skincare routine is essential. Ideally, use a minimum SPF of 30 on your face every day, even in the winter.

Sunscreens are often found in foundations and moisturizers. But many experts suggest applying sunscreen on its own for maximum anti-aging protection.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are compounds that help improve wrinkles and skin texture. It can also improve hyperpigmentation and support collagen production. Two of the most potent forms are glycolic acid and lactic acid, according to research.

But what exactly is the deal with AHAs when it comes to anti-aging skincare?

AHAs promote “cellular renewal” by acting as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells. It encourages the skin to generate new, healthy cells, which may support a brighter complexion. AHA is something of an all-in-one ingredient—it exfoliates, moisturizes reduces wrinkles, supports collagen and firming!

While AHAs can be an impactful anti-aging skincare ingredient, they may not be the best picks for people with sensitive skin. Because they can lead to tingling or burning.You’ll find AHAs in moisturizers, eye cream, peels, exfoliants, toner, and even in face washes.

Ceramides

Ceramides are a kind of fat molecule that supports skin hydration, which helps to protect the skin’s natural barrier. It also prevents transepidermal water loss leading to dryness and an accelerated aging process. Ceramides also can help in protecting your skin from environmental damage, which can also influence aging.

Your skin naturally makes ceramides. In fact, these make up about 50% of your skin! However, age, genetics, and skin damage can affect ceramide levels in the skin, which can cause dryness. People with eczema also tend to have low ceramide

Moisturizers, cleansers, serums, lotions, and even sunblock can contain ceramide, particularly benefitting dry & sensitive skin types or people with mature skin!

What Are Your Favorite Anti-Aging Skincare Must-Haves?

Do YOU have anti-aging skincare ingredients that you swear by for your routine? Let’s us know in the comments what are some of your must-have anti-aging superstars and how they make you look and feel!

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