5 Anti-Aging Ingredients That Should Be in Your Skincare Products

Stocking up on beauty products is like navigating through the Wild West. There are just so many options. Luckily, we tapped a few of the top dermatologists and aestheticians in the biz to break down the ingredients you should be looking for. While we've already discussed the ones you should omit, these five ingredients are the crème de la crème.

Read: If you use products filled with the goodies below, your skin will thank you.

Water is essential for feeding the cells of our skin and keeping them looking plump, radiant, and youthful. Found naturally in your skin’s dermis, hyaluronic acid holds onto water and provides tone and contour to the skin. When used in skincare products, it helps retain the skin’s natural moisture balance. Amazingly, it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, resulting in enhanced elasticity, lubrication, plumpness, and moisture in the skin. With continued use, the skin’s water content improves daily and fine lines and wrinkles become plumper and therefore less visible. It focuses mainly on delivering water to thirsty skin types, so it’s well tolerated by even the most oily, acne-prone skin type.

tarte Rainforest of the Sea™ Drink Of H2O Hydrating Boost
Treat skin to this skin-quenching water gel. Powered by hyaluronic acid and tarte’s exclusive Rainforest of the Sea™ antioxidant complex, this cooling gel moisturizer helps restore skin’s natural hydration for skin that’s fortified, refreshed, and healthier-looking. The lightweight moisturizer absorbs into skin, leaving no oily or greasy feel behind, while powerful marine antioxidants help skin defend itself from everyday aggressors. Its skin-balancing properties support antiaging, and it helps boost the appearance of firmness, tone, and vitality over time.

USD $39, available at Sephora.com

Peter Thomas Roth VIZ-1000™ 75 percent Hyaluronic Acid Complex
Intense hydration in a super concentrated 75 percent hyaluronic acid serum helps keep the skin hydrated all day and night with an invisible veil of moisture. It achieves ultimate hydration by attracting up to 1000 times its weight in water from the moisture in the air. It helps replenish the moisture content of aging and environmentally damaged skin, restores youthful radiance, smooths the look of fine lines, and helps increase the skin’s ability to retain moisture, leaving skin fresh and fabulous. 

USD $65, available at Sephora.com

The purest form of vitamin A, Retinol is a cell-communicating ingredient and antioxidant that stimulates collagen, activates cellular metabolism to encourage faster cell turnover, fades brown spots and discoloration, and improves skin firmness. Other than sunscreen, it’s one of the most tried-and-true biologically-proven topical anti-aging ingredients. Retinol can give remarkable results for resurfacing the skin’s texture to give a smooth-as-glass finish, as long as it’s used consistently. Simply put, it’s an anti-aging powerhouse that can be tolerated by even sensitive skin types. It’s different in that it is one of the most studied and proven ingredients on the market. It truly has the ability to create permanent change for the look of the skin.

This concentrated serum is formulated with a time released 2% Retinol Complex that provides both short- and long-term release to promote radiance from within. The appearance of lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores is softened, revealing new, healthy skin with a youthful glow.

USD $86, available at Sephora.com

A cushy cream with ambitious dreams, this wonder moisturiser carries a boatload of benefits, including potent line-smoothening, pore-refining and tone-amping action – courtesy of its vitamin A-powered repair system, collagen-boosting peptides and skin-soothing regenerative natural extracts that reawaken skin’s resilience, radiance and elasticity. Goodbye wrinkles!

USD $169, available at Sloaneshop.com

AHAs (including glycolic, lactic, and fruit acids) are helpful in reducing wrinkles, fine lines, irregular pigmentation, age spots, and decreasing the size of enlarged pores by exfoliating away dead surface cells that age the skin. AHAs exfoliate the skin, and exfoliation triggers repair, producing newer, fresher, younger-looking skin. From fading brown spots from sun, hormones or post-breakout discoloration to smoothing the skin’s texture to reducing the appearance of large pores to softening fine lines, to reducing dryness and increasing lipid production—there’s simply no one that cannot get some benefit. Of course, you should make sure to use the appropriate percentage and formula for your skin type. 

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum
T.L.C. Framboos™ is a refreshing, hydrating gel that resurfaces dull, congested skin by gently lifting dead skin cells away, revealing an even-toned and radiant complexion. Fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and other signs of aging appear visibly improved, along with excess oiliness, acne, and the appearance of pores. The powerful blend of glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric, and salicylic acids along with raspberry extract sink in easily and deliver the most effective and precise level of chemical exfoliation—without the harsh side effects. Horse chestnut, bearberry, and white tea help to calm, brighten, and protect for a clear, smooth finish. Additionally, it enhances the performance of other products by clearing the way for maximum absorption.

USD $90, available at Sephora.com

Topical Vitamin C has been found to increase skin’s resistance against sun and environmental damage, support collagen production, and improve pigmentation. Look out for L-ascorbic acid, ascorbic palmitate, or magnesium ascorbyl phosphate on the labels as these are more active and effective forms. Always cap your Vitamin C serums and creams properly after use and keep them out of direct light and heat, as they tend to lose their effectiveness faster with exposure to air and light.

This highly concentrated network complex combines a 30% concentration of highly-stable Ethylated L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) in an antioxidant network of Superoxide Dismutase, Selenium and Zinc to support a strong fight against oxidation while enhancing barrier function, balancing visible discolouration, reviving skin tone, and supporting collagen production and repair mechanisms. While the initial tone-enhancing benefits of ELAN will be noticeable from the third day of once-daily use, benefits at-large are continuing and cumulative. 

$USD 77, available at Niod.com

CoQ10 or Q10 is short for coenzyme 10 and it is also known as ubiquinone or vitamin Q. CoQ10 is an oil-based vitamin substance that is found in the mitochondria (our cell’s energy centers) and it is also an antioxidant involved a number of biological functions, including helping to produce energy, neutralizing free radicals, and keeping cells both inside the body and in the skin healthy.”

When the sun’s UV rays hit your skin, free radicals are released that oxidize skin cells and lead to photo-aging symptoms, like skin discoloration and brown spots. Studies have shown that Q10 is effective in slowing down these visible signs of UV damage. Once Q10 is absorbed through the skin, it penetrates and nixes the formation of oxidative stress — the not-so-secret culprit of premature aging and skin cancer.

Skin Inc. Coenzyme Q10 Serum RENEW
Enriched with Coenzyme Q10, this serum enhances skin's ability to invigorate itself for a firmer look. Vitamins C and E work together to improve the appearance of wrinkles while the patented seaweed encapsulation technology allows for an effective delivery of pure, potent ingredients. Layer individually or blend with up to two additional Skin Inc customizable serums to provide optimal results and create a powerful, multipurpose product—designed to treat your skin's unique needs.

USD $45, available at Sephora.com 

Thermosensitive gel is activated by body heat to release the beneficial ingredients infused within. The soft gel layer seals in the ingredients to maximize the effectiveness of the formula and recover from moisture loss. Bio-peptide restores the appearance of healthy skin structure by supporting natural collagen and elastin synthesis. A power firming complex—featuring coenzyme Q10 and beta-glucan—works synergistically to maintain and promote skin elasticity, lifting and firming the look of sagging skin.

USD $9 per piece, available at Sephora.com


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