06 Oct 2020
10 Powerful Ingredients That Are Found in Effective Anti-Aging Products

The world of anti-aging products is one that is huge and most likely daunting to the average person, with countless skincare products and ranges available to you at the click of a button. Although it can be overwhelming, arming yourself with the right knowledge about anti-aging skincare can save you a lot of time, less than satisfactory experiences, and most importantly, unnecessary damage to your skin!

To this end, we have put together a list of the 10 key ingredients that we feel should be part of effective anti-aging skincare products. Do be sure to keep an eye out for these when looking to make your next purchase.

1. Squalane

Acting as a moisturiser that boosts your skin hydration level, squalane is a key ingredient in the battle against aging. Its powerful moisturising properties ensures your skin will appear plumper and fuller, resulting in less wrinkles and a more youthful, radiant complexion. What is even better is its ability to bring the best out of other ingredients in skin care products, often boosting the effect of these on your skin.

In addition to its anti-aging properties, squalane also boasts anti-inflammatory benefits that may alleviate sensitive skin with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It can also improve oily skin, regulating oil produced by the skin without affecting or clogging your skin pores.

2. Niacinamide (vitamin B3)

This is an ingredient that has been growing in popularity and is increasingly found in more and more anti-aging skincare products like serums and toners. A water-soluble vitamin, it works in tandem with the other natural substances in your skin to minimise the appearance of pores, reduce fine lines and improve uneven skin tone and dullness, leading to more radiant skin.

Not only does it improve your skin’s defensive barrier against environmental damage, it also helps your skin repair signs of previous damage. Niacinamide is also generally applicable to all skin types without causing irritation or exacerbating existing skin conditions, while also pairing effectively with moisturisers to increase their hydration ability.

3. Panthenol (vitamin B5)

Panthenol can often be found in many skincare and anti-aging products due to its ability to act as a humectant, which means it preserves the amount of water in your skin and works as a moisturiser. When panthenol is topically applied, it breaks down into provitamin B5 which binds to water and holds it effectively, resulting in skin that is well-hydrated, soft and elastic. It is also emollient, which means it helps to seal the cracks in your skin, ensuring that moisture is locked in.

In addition, panthenol boosts the strength of your skin barrier but also helps with minor skin damage. It can also reduce itchiness for individuals suffering from sensitive skin or dermatitis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone)

Often referred to as CoQ10 or ubiquinone, it is known to boost the production of collagen and elastin in your skin, which is key to catalyse skin cell regeneration and maintain elasticity. Both collagen and elastin are crucial, naturally produced substances that aid in skin repair, so CoQ10 plays an important role to ensure your skin complexion is perfectly youthful.

Skin cells will regenerate and repair faster, leading to a more vibrant, radiant appearance that is not dull or tired. CoQ10 also reduces sun damage due to its antioxidant properties, meaning that there will be less fine lines and wrinkles that develop.

5. Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Extract

Often referred to as a superfood, pomegranate boasts several properties that can boost the health of your skin. As pomegranate is rich in antioxidants, it can help to repair skin damage caused by sun exposure such as age spots and hyperpigmentation. It also acts as a natural barrier by increasing the defensive strength of the skin against ultraviolet rays, reducing free radical damage. This in turn can lead to less skin inflammation, which could potentially alleviate symptoms of eczema and acne.

6. Safflower Seed (Carthamus Tinctorius) Oil

Nourishing oils play a crucial part in any anti-aging skincare range and safflower seed oil is no different. High in vitamin E, it is often used in combination with other key ingredients to reduce signs of aging skin and blemishes such as age spots, skin irritation and rough skin. Its antioxidant properties also kick in by boosting the skin’s level of collagen production, improving its ability to regenerate new skin cells.

Studies have also shown that safflower oil can alleviate skin inflammation, while its ability to reduce water loss in the skin means that skin remains plump and moisturised, resulting in less fine lines and wrinkles developing.

7. Jojoba Oil

One of the crucial properties of jojoba oil is its ability to put up a protective barrier that seals your skin, preventing moisture loss and resulting in your skin becoming softer, plumper and more radiant. It also contains vitamin E, like safflower oil, acting as an antioxidant that helps your skin fight against free radicals brought about by sun exposure and other environmental toxins.

A lesser known fact about jojoba oil is its similarity to our skin’s natural oils, meaning it can be absorbed quickly and take effect. Its presence can also “trick” your skin into believing enough oil has been produced, allowing it to regulate the skin’s natural oil production while promoting glowing, healthy skin without clogging up your pores.

8. Ectoin

A lesser known ingredient, ectoin can be classified as a synthetic ingredient which multiplies the effect that cosmetic formulas have on your skin. It also acts as a skin emollient, sealing up cracks that lead to moisture loss to ensure your skin maintains its soft, smooth and youthful surface. With its natural ability to protect skin against dehydration, it leads to reduced wrinkles and fine lines, making your skin appear more youthful and vibrant.

Ectoin is also suitable for all skin types as it will not provoke allergies or exacerbate sensitive skin, meaning most people will be able to use products containing this ingredient without any trouble. Like most ingredients on this list, it also boasts antioxidant abilities which offers protection against environmental damage.

9. Vitamin E

One of the more commonly known ingredients in the world of anti-aging, vitamin E is known to help skin cells regenerate to accelerate the process of recovery. Essentially, it nourishes your skin from the inside and can be used to reduce the appearance of scarring, age spots and wrinkles. As a nutrient that is soluble in oil, dry and damaged skin can benefit greatly from vitamin E. This is because it acts as a moisturiser by restoring the level of hydration in your skin to treat damaged or dry skin, giving you a more youthful complexion.

Commonly used in many skincare products, vitamin E is high in antioxidants which means it can reduce inflammation, while also protecting against skin blemishes caused by environmental damage. Its ability to improve blood circulation also contributes to firmer, healthier skin which will appear more youthful and radiant.

10. Vitamin A

Yet another vitamin makes the list! Vitamin A is often found in many moisturisers, oils and other anti-aging skincare products, and usually helps to stimulate the production of collagen in your skin. This makes them highly effective when it comes to reducing wrinkles and fine lines, and can also address uneven skin tone.

Its anti-inflammatory properties are also good for treating sensitive skin, and it can also reduce the likelihood of clogged pores, allowing your skin to breathe and stay fresh. However, bear in mind that it may also be a cause of skin irritation, especially if you are new to using vitamin A treatments and it may take some time before your skin gets used to it. 

The next time you go looking for anti-aging products, keep an eye out for the ingredients mentioned above. Knowing the effects of these ingredients will allow you to make a better, well-informed decision on whether a particular anti-aging skincare product is suitable for your particular skin type and its blemishes. Some of these ingredients also compound the effect of certain anti-aging formulas, so it is important for you to be fully aware of what each component does for your skin. After all, knowledge is power and prevention is better than cure. Your skin will certainly thank you for it!

Caleb Khew
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