Looking for the best anti-aging skin care products?
I first wrote this post in 2009- 10 year ago. As we approach the holidays and winter, I thought this is a perfect time to update my list and add some cautionary tips.
Since buying skincare products is very confusing let’s first look at how to read skincare product labels to ensure that you are buying effectively.
- Read to to the end. The first 5 ingredients are the bulk of the formula. However low-levels can also be effective, but don’t expect much
- Watch out for alcohol listed as one of the first three ingredients – buy another product
- Some of the ingredients have long names which refer to their chemical structure
- Most brands add additional ingredients for the uniqueness of the brand, that does not mean it is more or less effective
Look for these ingredients when buying anti-aging skin care products. You can find many of these ingredients on your dermatologist and plastic surgeon’s shelf.
You can also find many of these ingredients in OTC products sold in Sephora or on websites like The Dermstore.
Keep in mind that many OTC products have some of these ingredients- however strengths differ. Professional skincare products sold through aesthetic practices usually contain higher strengths of some of these ingredients especially Retinol.
Look for clinical trials
Here’s is my updated list of 30 good healthy skin ingredients.
- Retinol- Vitamin A and Tretinoin (prescription) best anti-aging ingredient
Also available Retinol in none-prescription strength
- Vitamin C ester- the most stable form of Vitamin C Anti-oxidant
- Cerimides- seal in moisture
- Collagen- benefits your hair, skin and nails
- L-Ascorbic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate – also Vitamin C
- Tacapherol and Tootrienol AKA Vitamin E- helps fight wrinkles and fines lines
- Alpha lipoic acid-superior anti-oxidant reduces the sign of aging
- Ferulic acid- antioxidant and anti-aging
- Hyaluronic acid-hydration. It holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water
- Vitamin K- helps with dark circles under the eyes
- Squalane- hydration
- Jojoba oil- rich in Vitamin E, zinc and B-vitamins
- Vitamin F– linoleum acid – Omega rich for heath looking skin
- Kojic Acid-brightens and is an anti-oxidant
- Niacinimide– brightening and hydrating
- Mandelic Acid– exfoliating sensitive skin
- Marula Oil– good for dry skin, anti-microbial
- Lactic Acid-caution it can be drying
- Coenzyme -Q-10– powerfull anti-oxidant and boosts collagen
- Kinetin- reduces signs of aging and uneven pigment
- Glycolic and other alpha and beta hydroxy acids-powerful exfoliants to boost collagen and elastin
- Argirelene, GHK, and cooper peptides-antibacterial and anti-infammatory
- DMAE– this ingredient is banned in Canada- anti-aging and fine lines
- Idebenone, thiotaine and other anti-oxidants- improves fine lines and wrinkles and prevents cell damage
- Peptides- are short chains of amino acids that are building blocks of proteins for texture, strength and resilience
- Green Tea– anti-aging
- Resveratrol- powerful anti-oxidant
- Waglerin-1 a peptide found in Temple Viper- helps fight against sagging
- Growth Factors- help to maintain height skin structure and function
- Plant Stem Cells-help to renew your skin
And watch out for product containing Parabens, Sulfates, Artificial Dyes, and too many acids with vitamin C.
To Beautiful Skin!!!
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone. This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase I may make a commission.