Anti-Ageing Skincare Ingredients

By In the Buff – October 20, 2017

With age comes quite a few not-so-exciting things… fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, reduction in lip volume, sun spots, freckles and droopy skin. There are an extensive list of products on the market that claim to offer the fountain of ever-lasting youth, all you have to do is splash out $300 per month on a tiny jar of cream, and voila, you can have youthful skin too! The issue is, most of these expensive potions have little to no scientific evidence to back them up.


On a positive note, amongst all of the gimmicky, heavily marketed, high-end products on the market, are in fact, some products that contain powerful ingredients with lots of scientific research to back their claims up. If you start to look less at a particular cream or brand, and more towards the actual active ingredients moisturisers and serums contain, you are going to be heading down the right path to radiant, youthful skin.


We’re here to give you the ‘A list’ of ingredients to look out for when searching for the best anti-ageing skincare products.


Retinol (Vitamin A)

Boosts collagen production, plumps skin, reduces lines and wrinkles, improves skin tone and colour and improves pigmentation.  Beware high doses of retinol can cause the top layer of skin to get flaky and peel, it is very important to use sunscreen when using this ingredient.


Coenzyme Q-10

A powerful antioxidant that promotes regeneration and cell repair and fights off free radicals that impact collagen and elastin. As we age our naturally occurring levels of CoQ10 decrease and need to be topped up. By incorporating this wonder ingredient into your routine, it will promote youthful skin at a cellular level.


Niacinamide

Derived from vitamin B3, this baby increases essential fatty acid production in the skin cell, prevents the skin from losing water content and stimulates microcirculation in the dermis. It also reduces acne and acne scars, lightens skin pigmentation and discolourations, as well as regulates oil flow.


Resveratrol

A natural antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes, reduces inflammation, neutralises free radicals, protects against sun damage, promotes collagen production, eradicates wrinkles and enhances skin firmness. If grape vines can live for a century, why can’t your skin too?


Curcuminoids

Derived from the super-food, wonder-spice turmeric, curcumin fights off free radicals with its potent antioxidant properties, it fights inflammation, modulates normalized cell growth and repair, reduces the damaged from UV rays from the sun by suppressing excess melanin production, and helps to reduce irritations.


Ceramides

These babies are naturally occurring lipids in our skin cells and make up to a whopping 50% of their cellular structure. Ceramides act as the foundation that hold the skin cells together, and although they are naturally occurring, as we age, these crucial, little fatty-acids begin to diminish, so it is super-important to replenish them after the age of 30 with skincare, and it’s never too early to start.


Hyaluronic acid

This baby is used in skincare to fight the signs of ageing, it replenishes moisture, promotes younger-looking, radiant skin, protects the skin by ensuring a fast cell turn over and allows the skin to look and feel constantly renewed. It also acts as a lubrication for the skins delicate connective tissues.

 

Vitamin C

This baby is your skincare must have, it works perfectly in a potent serum applied each and every morning. Vitamin C promotes collagen production, strengthens the skins protective barrier, enhances the cellular growth and repair, reduces inflammation and evens out skin tone.


Alpha-hydroxy acid

Rejuvenates skin, promoting a soft and youthful appearance, exfoliates by allowing the epidermis to lift and removes dead skin cells which allows new, healthy cells to form, this amazing ingredient also generates collagen and elastin production.

 

Vitamin E

AKA Tocopherol, protects skin cells from oxidative stress, prevents the destruction of collagen, fights against damage from UV rays, acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and deeply moisturizes the skin. Vitamin E is a powerful anti-aging ingredient that leaves skin looking and feeling fresh and nourished.


All of these power-house ingredients have been scientifically proven to achieve these claims. When choosing your next anti-aging skincare product, be sure to read the ingredients list and find a cream or serum that has one of these babies as their core active ingredient. This will ensure you are putting product into your skin that actually work.