Level up your skincare with powerful anti-aging ingredients! While there are beauty innovations ranging from snail essence to stem cells, these clinically-tested compounds have proven their worth again and again.
Hands down one of the best wrinkle warriors. Derived from Vitamin A, it connects to skin cell receptors and helps it behave like younger, healthy skin. It can also boost collagen production, minimize any discoloration from sun damage, and some research indicates it’s effective at controlling acne and building elastin.
If you have sensitive skin, retinol in over-the-counter skincare is less irritating than prescription retinoids (also derived from Vitamin A, but stronger). But to be on the safe side, ease your way into any retinol regimen: use the product every other day or mix it with a mild cream until your skin gets used to it. And keep the rest of your skincare gentle and simple. For example, mixing retinol with a strong whitening or exfoliating product could lead to irritation and breakouts.
AHAs/BHAs to fight dullness
Alpha and beta hydroxy acids break down the bonds of dead skin cells, revealing soft and healthier skin and solving some of the most common skin concerns: clogged pores and acne, uneven skin tone, dryness, and dullness. They are actually gentler on the skin than facial cloths or brushes, since vigorous rubbing can cause microtears.
AHAs are very effective for fighting sun damage, while BHAs can break down oils that clog pores and cause acne.
Hydroquinone to fight hyperpigmentation
This is one of the most effective skin brightening/whitening ingredients. It not only breaks down any excess melanin, but blocks the enzyme that triggers melanin production. This can help reduce dark spots, acne scars and uneven skin tone, creating that fair, rosy and youthful glow.
Hydroquinone is often combined with other skin brightening ingredients, like licorice extract, kojic acid, and arbutin. Just remember to use a strong sunscreen, or you’ll undo its benefits when you go out.
Antioxidants to protect from environmental damage
Antioxidants bond to these free radical molecules caused by UV rays, pollution, and other environmental hazards. This neutralizes them and turns them into harmless compounds, protecting you from wrinkles and even skin cancer. Some antioxidants can also boost collagen and help cell repair. Since they each have their own benefits, some skincare specialists recommend getting products with multiple antioxidants. You can also get two different kinds of creams or serums and rotte them, to get all their goodness.
Hyaluronic Acid to fight dryness
Our skin loses moisture as we age. Among all natural or synthetic polymers, hyaluronic acid traps the most water – helping your skin stay soft, supple, and firm. It can also make the skin barrier stronger, and as an antioxidant, it can also give you some protection against free radical damage.