Forget everything TV commercials have told you about anti-ageing products, look for these ingredients in products and you will look 10, 15 or 20 years younger than your peers. You will save money in the long run and live a better happy life.

I believe with this guide, you will make better informed decision when investing in your skin care regimen. If you are just getting started in Face/skin Moisturizer products, read our FAQ here.

So first things, first, throw out your foundation, concealer and powder. You won’t be needing those with what i’m about to tell you.

NIACINAMIDE

Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 that is absolutely essential for your skin. As far back as 1900s, it has been known that a dietary deficiency of Vitamin B3 resulted in severe irritation amongst other things. but we now know that it’s a direct precursor to the coenzymes that drive fundamental cell metabolism,” says Olay principal scientist Frauke Neuser, PhD, who has worked with the ingredient since it made its debut in the brand’s Total Effects line in 2000.

Basically Niacinamide is cell fuel and the more you add to older skin, the more they produce collagen which keeps the skin from sagging, wrinkling, enhancing your youthful look.

SK-II R.N.A. Power Essence

SK-II R.N.A. Power Essence; neimanmarcus.com

Additionally, says New York dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla, MD, niacinamide has been proven to “increase ceramide and free fatty acid levels and improve microcirculation in the skin,” as well as enhance elasticity. It also significantly improves cell turnover, inhibits hyperpigmentation by preventing the transference of melanin, and combats redness with its anti-inflammatory properties. “It really is an amazing ingredient,”

Retinol

If you can use only one ingredient in this list, we recommend Retinol, a Vitamin A derivative that is so incredibly effective in boosting Collagen which resurfaces your skin and promotes health looking smooth texture.

It is the gold standard ingredient recommended by most dermatologist for acne prone skin, hyper pigmentation and skin pore cleansing.

Look out for Retin-A, 0.1% which is usually the highest amount.

Quick tip when using Retinol is to have it on mainly at night as sunlight destabilises it. When worn in the day time, I’ll recommend wearing sunscreen as well.

Skinceuticals Retinol 1.0, $50 ;amazon.com

Vitamin C

“I think vitamin C is maybe the number-one, top antiaging ingredient of all time,” says New York dermatologist Dennis Gross, MD. “It’s the only ingredient that both directly stimulates fibroblast cells to make collagen and protects the collagen you already have by acting as an antioxidant.” However, vitamin C—also a champion brightener by virtue of its melanin-disrupting properties—has historically been tricky to deliver topically: It’s easily deactivated by exposure to light and air, and its most common form, ascorbic acid, is naturally water-soluble, meaning that it’s repelled by the skin’s lipid components.

Lumene Vitamin C Hyaluronic Essence, $24; amazon.com

Mario Badescu Rose Hip Oil (if you have sensitive skin) or Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster (the Vitamin C in this is ascorbic acid but it has been stabilized in small oil molecules, easily passing through the skin’s lipid layer)

 

Green Tea

This is an ancient skin care powerhouse known for it’s anti-oxidant properties like ECCG. It protects the skin from sun damage, inhibits enzyme that break down collagen and reduces sebum and bacterial growth in acne-prone skin. 

New studies on green tea reveal it’s also a pro-oxidant that tricks the cells to be a better protector of the skin by putting it under false stress, hence producing a lot more protective enzymes.

 

St. Ives Blackhead Clearing scrub 

 

Green tea is hardly the macro ingredient in most cosmetic products however, any moisturiser or face mask with green tea can help peel old skin off as flakes while soothing the skin.

 

Hyaluronic Acid

This product is loved by dermatologist, often called “The Skin Juice“  as it is surpassed by very few ingredients that can keep the skin plump and keep the skin moisturised. It is like a sister to collagen except it cannot be stimulated, hyaluronic acid can only be replenished. It is a major component in skin fillers like Juvederm and Restylane because of it’s hydrating ability. 

Filorga Hydra Hya

Filorga Hydra Hyal; dermstore.com

Squalane:

This is a derivative of Squalene naturally found in the human skin. Squalene is however artificially produced from sugarcane and olive trees. Squalene is the reason young babies have young dewy and glowing skin. By your early twenties, you have barely any squalene left in your skin. It drives deep into your second layer of skin which makes it an effective transport agent for other ingredients you want sitted in your skin layers.

It is an oil based product hence a super effective moisturiser which can be used on the hair, legs and hands for a softer looking skin.

 

Biossance The Revitalizer

Biossance The Revitalizer; biossance.com

Indie Lee Squalane

Indie Lee Squalane Facial Cream; amazon.com

After cleansing, physically exfoliate with St. Ives scrub (GREEN TEA).Then apply a topical retin-A prescription (RETINOL), mix on the back of your hand one drop of Indie Lee oil (SQUALANE),one drop of Paula’s Choice booster (VITAMIN C),and a small drop of Cerave serum (NIACINAMIDE) into Neutrogena HydroBoost (HYALURONIC ACID).

 

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