The 2 Anti-Ageing Ingredients To Look For When Shopping For Skincare That Will Actually Make Your Skin Look Younger
If you’ve ever wondered what anti-ageing ingredients you should actually be keeping an eye out for when shopping for skincare, I’m here to lend a helping hand.
If you think about it, knowing how to read the ingredients list on the back of your face cream is just as important as knowing how to read and understand any food label. If we like knowing what we are putting into our body via our mouth, shouldn’t we know what we are putting in our body through our skin? It is the largest organ in our body that slurps up anything we place on it after all!
Many skincare companies will stamp keywords like ‘anti-ageing’, ‘youthful’ or ‘age-rewind’ onto a bottle or tube and we rarely actually know the ingredients in the product that are helping it to plump up those fine lines.
The problem with this is you could be buying skincare that doesn’t feature any of the heavy weight ingredients that will get results fast (a.k.a remove those crows feet with a snap!).
I’ll be creating more blog posts that highlight important must-have ingredients in all different categories of beauty (skincare, makeup, hair) but for now, here are the two ingredients that should be found in your anti-ageing skincare products to create younger looking skin.
1. Vitamin A (Retinol, Retin A, Tretinoin)
Vitamin A is an antioxidant that helps neutralize the damaging effects of oxidation caused by free radicals in your skin.
Skincare with vitamin A (such as retinol creams) have been shown to reduce signs of sun damage and skin ageing by working as a natural exfoliator (minus the grit) to buff away at fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A intake can also help with circles under the eyes and it can even help with acne outbreaks.
Vitamin A is one of the best ingredients to slow the ageing process down, so make sure you look for it in any of your anti-ageing skincare products if you want fast results.
I recommend: Indeed Labs Retinol Reface, $34.99
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C shouldn’t just be consumed in your morning glass of orange juice (although, that’s a good start!), it should also be found in your anti-ageing skincare routine as well.
Over time our skin takes a lot of battering via sun damage as well as from free radicals which are produced when you eat bad food, are exposed to pollution, cigarette smoke and even radiation.
Because Vitamin C is an antioxidant it helps to prevent the damaging effects from the list above. Vitamin C also has a magical ability to supercharge other vitamins surrounding it such as Vitamin E (a fat soluble compound that repairs damaged skin), so you’ll often see the two ingredients featured together in your skincare.
Vitamin C also defends against UV damage from the suns harsh rays (crucial here in Australia where we have so many holes in our o-zone layer) and it also helps keep your skin firm by producing collagen (this will give your skin a young, bouncy look without any sagging. It also fills in any fine lines or wrinkles).
I recommend: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collegen Booster, $105
In my opinion these are the two most impotent anti-ageing ingredients to look out for when you are shopping for skincare!
Did you find this piece helpful? Are there any beauty ingredients you would like to know more about? Feel free to leave your questions below!