Derms favourite anti-aging ingredients and how they work - SW1 Clinic

Derms favourite anti-aging ingredients and how they work


With the variety of anti-aging ingredients found in skincare these days, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one lost for choice. Having done a lot of research and speaking to various doctors, I’ve made the decision-making easier for you (hopefully).

I’ve whittled the list down to these derm-favourite ingredients that you should have in your arsenal for combating aging, and more than that, what these ingredients really do for your skin.

#1 Retinol

We have all heard about Retinol as an effective treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, dullness and even sagging skin. This ingredient has been touted as one of the best antiaging ingredients to use.

How it works?

Commonly found in various skincare products, particularly antiaging products, retinols works by getting rid of dead skin cells, while enhancing collagen and elastin production (the building blocks for young, supple skin) and helps repair and restore skin at the deepest levels.

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#2 Vitamin C

Another popular antiaging ingredient, Vitamin C is also known to boost immune. Packed with powerful antioxidants, Vitamin C enhances the skin’s protective barrier against environmental aggressors such as sun damage and pollution. It also aids collagen production to effect tighter and firmer skin.

How it works?

When we age, collagen and elastin production are diminished. The antioxidants found in Vitamin C can improve skin’s health and resilience and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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#3 Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid can help one greatly improve the texture and appearance of your skin. Found to be naturally occurring in your own body, you need not worry about any negative side effects from using this ingredient.

How it works?

Hyaluronic acid is a substance that helps retain moisture within the skin while stimulating the production of collagen. This translates to healthier, more supple skin while damaged skin tissue is repaired.

This ingredient is best paired with Vitamin C for exponential antiaging benefits.

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#4 Alpha Hydroxy Acids

If you’re looking to turn back the clock on aging, you definitely should make Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) your BFF. Some commonly found AHAs in skincare products include glycolic acids and lactic acids. Used topically consistently over time, you can expect an improved appearance of your skin in terms of texture and tone as a result of the acids exfoliating your skin to get rid of dead skin cells.

How it works?

As we get older, the rate with which our skin sheds off dead skin cells slows down, compounded by sun damage, genetics and other environmental factors, which unfortunately makes for dull skin. AHA melts away dead skin cells, paving the way for beautiful, glowing skin.

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