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The Best Anti-Aging Creams & Serums to Add to Your Skincare Routine

When you’re looking to reduce the appearance of aging, it can be difficult to determine the difference between overpriced snake oil and potentially effective skincare products. Fortunately, more and more scientific research into skincare ingredients is arming beauty lovers with the power to cut through the noise and find the products that really work.

Of course, there’s no miracle skincare product out there that can rewind the clock and eradicate wrinkles, despite the claims of some serums and creams. But, if you are looking to nourish your skin with ingredients backed by scientific studies and bring out the best in your skin, these are some of the best ‘anti-aging products to look for.

SPF

Although we can’t stop the process of aging altogether, a prevention-is-better-than-cure approach to skincare is the best way to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And one of the best preventative measures is SPF.

We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the sun’s harsh UV rays. According to research, approximately 80 per cent of facial skin aging is attributed to UV exposure. However, it’s not just the summer months when we should be religiously applying sunscreen. Wearing SPF all year round is one of the best ways to protect your skin from fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation that result from UV overexposure.

According to Kate Sommerville’s resident esthetician, Michelle Freese, you’ll want to find a sunscreen that has broad-spectrum protection to ensure you are protected from all the sun’s harmful rays. On Kate Sommerville’s website, Freese states that allergy or acne-prone skin will benefit from fragrance- and preservative-free products.

In addition to these top-rated face sunscreens, you can read about The Best Oil-Free Sunscreens You Need This Summer.

Peptides

According to Paula’s Choice, peptides are short chains of amino acids that act as building blocks of proteins such as collagen, elastin and keratin’ which are responsible for the skin’s ‘texture, strength and resilience.

When applied topically to the skin, peptides act as little messengers, triggering skin cells to perform specific functions such as building collagen and elastin, encouraging skin to look and act younger

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Scientific studies have linked peptides to improved structural properties of the dermal-epidermal junction, which connects the dermis with the upper epidermis layer of the skin. This aids in improving the production of collagen and elastin in the skin to deliver those all-important anti-aging results. However, in comparison to skincare ingredients like retinol, peptides don’t have the same level of research to scientifically support all of its claims yet.

Retinol

Retinol, a type of retinoid derived from vitamin A, is one of the most talked-about skincare ingredients in the beauty world. Linked to effectively reducing the appearance of aging and granting users brighter more rejuvenated looking skin, retinol has remained a popular skincare ingredient for a few years now, but does it live up to its expectations?

According to a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, ‘retinoids are the most promising agents that are available for the treatment of aging’. However, you should proceed with caution as retinoids can irritate the skin. According to an article from Harvard Health Publishing, it is best to use retinoids only every other day at first and then gradually working up to nightly applications. Of course, patch testing before use is best practice and SPF should be worn to protect your skin during the day.

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring humectant or substance that retains moisture, which has also been labelled a super-star skincare ingredient, especially for hydration. And with the ability to hold nearly 1,000 times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid is great for hydrating the skin and therefore improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles which can be exacerbated by dehydration. However, according to an article from Harvard Health Publishing, ‘topical HA will provide hydration on a surface level, not deep within the skin’.

Antioxidants

We hear about creams and serums with antioxidants all the time, but what are antioxidants? According to Kiehl’s, antioxidants are substances that aid in protecting the skin from oxidative damage caused by free radicals and ‘environmental aggressors’ such as UV and pollution.

Antioxidants protect the skin by limiting free radical production, which can damage the skin. With daily use, they can reduce lentigines (sun spots), help combat visible signs of aging and calm skin inflammations. 

Dr. Rhonda Klein told Dermstore

One stand out antioxidant in the beauty world is pure vitamin C or L-Ascorbic Acid which has been linked to fading dark spots and is responsible for collagen biosynthesis. Clinical studies have reportedly shown that the topical use of vitamin C increases collagen production in both young and aged skin, making it a great ingredient to look for in skincare products.

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