The main thing that puts people off skin care is how complicated it seems. There's just so many products to choose from, and it can quickly be overwhelming if you're not sure what to buy. Below, we have a list of some of the best anti-aging ingredients that you can watch out for while shopping, particularly if you're looking to reverse the hands of time.
A form of Vitamin A, what retinol does best is boosting your skin's collagen production, so you're left with better skin texture, tone, and immunity against irritants. Be careful with this one though, because although it can give you the best skin of your life, a strong retinol product might cause peeling and make your skin purge at the initial stages.
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Retinol Night Cream, P1250, Beauty Bar
2. Alpha Hydroxy Acids
AHA is an acid that exfoliates the top layer of the skin to reveal smoother and more rejuvenated skin. Skin care products with AHAs perform best in acidic pH levels, and the recommended range is from 3 to 4.5. In most skin care products, AHA takes the form of glycolic acid, mandelic acid, and lactic acid, and when formulated well, they pack a good punch!
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COSRx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid, P900, theskincarecurator.com
Ceramides are found in your skin's acid barrier, shielding your skin from bacteria, irritation, and other potential skin agressors. And if you've been using harsh cleansers and products for most of your life, you have to let your skin drink ceramides up from external sources like skincare to keep its elasticity and immunity.
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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, $96, elizabetharden.com
When it comes to solving skin issues like dullness, hyperpigmentation, and hydration, you can rely on the powers of niacinamide. This underrated skin care ingredient helps prevent many of aging skin's biggest issues such as moisture loss and elasticity that both lead to fine lines and wrinkles. It works best in higher concentration, so if it's in the top five in a product's ingredient's list, do consider giving it a shot.
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Night Cream, P1599, Watsons
5. Vitamin C
If you still have acne scars left from that dark time in your teenage years, an ascorbic acid or Vitamin C serum has the power to solve that issue for you. Making this ingredient a staple in your routine will also help your skin become more resistant to sun damage and reduce the appearance of wrinkles overtime.
Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C21.5 Serum, $24.99, Wishtrend