If you want radiant, younger and smoother skin, make sure your beauty products include these powerful anti-ageing ingredients.
Anti-ageing skincare is best introduced when you are in your mid-twenties, because it is one of those situations where prevention is definitely better than the cure. However, it’s never too late to get started, and if you are starting to get alarmed by the appearance of age spots, fine lines and dull skin, these are the ingredients you should definitely include in your regime.
You’re probably no stranger to this powerful antioxidant. A form of vitamin A, retinol helps to fight free radicals and reduce the signs of ageing while encouraging a rapid cell turnover, sweeping the dead skin cells that cause dullness. It also helps to improve your skin texture and reduces fine lines by boosting collagen and elastin. It is a powerful ally to have in your anti-ageing arsenal, and concentrated formulas like this Peter Thomas Roth serum is best used in the evening as retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
Fun fact: your body actually produces this antioxidant to zap free radicals in cells, but as you age, your body produces less, leaving your skin more vulnerable to damage. When applied regularly, your skin becomes more plumped, reducing the appearance of fine lines. This gel mask contains not just coenzyme Q10, but also bio-peptides to restore skin’s structure and encourage collagen and elastin synthesis.
This ingredient isn’t new, but the beauty world has been abuzz with it of late thanks to its impressive ability to help skin main moisture levels by binding with water to keep skin hydrated. Ceramides are natural lipids that our skin produces, and play a key role in our skin’s barrier protection. The thing is, the amount of ceramides in our skin naturally declines as we age, causing not just dry and dull skin but also redness and irritation. This is why it’s important to include this ingredient in your skincare products as you age. We like Mario Badescu’s AHA & Ceramide Moisturiser for this, as it also contains lemon extract to help reduce sun spots and pigmentation and aloe vera to soothe redness.
There is no such thing as too much moisture, especially if youthful, glowing skin is what you’re after, and no ingredient is better for that than hyaluronic acid. A quality of youthful skin is its ability to hold water, and since we can’t stop time from ticking, the next best thing we can do is emulate this by including hyaluronic acid in our skincare. Did you know that 1 gram of hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold up to 6 litres of water? Even more impressively, new studies have shown that hyaluronic acid also provides antioxidant defence against environmental aggressors, truly making it a multi-tasking anti-ageing ingredient. If your skin is in serious need of moisture, opt for a moisturiser that lists hyaluronic acid as an active ingredient, instead of a pure serum which is more suitable for oily and combination skin.
A version of this article first appeared on www.herworld.com.