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Anti-ageing ingredients target concerns like loss of elasticity in skin, dulled complexions and fine lines and wrinkles. For those looking to bring a youthful look to skin or implement anti-ageing products as a preventative measure, there are certain ingredients that can make a visible difference.

The Best Ingredients In Anti-Ageing Skincare

Skincare ingredients like retinol, vitamin C and caffeine can all be beneficial in firming and brightening skin (at any age!). It’s not just the ingredients you apply that matters though, but how you combine them and the order in which they appear in your routine.

Ahead, we’ll walk through six proven skincare ingredients for anti-ageing and how to use them effectively. Explore the benefits of nutrients like squalane and hyaluronic acid to lift, even and add volume to skin. Skincare shouldn’t be complicated – with the right regime in place, radiant, glowing skin can be unlocked at any age.

The top skincare ingredients for anti-ageing

Alongside external stress like pollution and UV radiation, a slowed skin cell cycle and natural decreases in collagen and elastin can lead to common signs of ageing. To combat this, the best anti-ageing ingredients help to protect skin against external stress and encourage fresher skin to surface. See the ingredients formulated in Kiehl’s anti-ageing skincare for NZ skin below.

1. Retinol

Retinol is a skin-renewing superhero. A form of vitamin A, retinol is one of the best skincare ingredients for anti-ageing. The ingredient stimulates cell growth, prevents the degradation of collagen and elastin, and inhibits the growth of proteins which result in wreaked skin barriers. Simply put, this anti-ageing ingredient promotes younger, firmer and brighter skin.

How to use this anti-ageing ingredient:

One of the most effective ways to implement this ingredient is through a concentrated serum. Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum contains pure retinol alongside ceramides and peptides for potent yet supportive results. This serum is suitable for all skin types and is perfect for beginners or those with sensitive skin. As retinol can sensitise skin, we recommend using it in the evening only, and apply SPF as part of your morning routine. Introduce retinol to your skincare ritual gradually (once or twice per week) to begin with, and build up frequency over time.

2. Vitamin C

Antioxidants are regularly included in anti-ageing skin care products, and vitamin C is one of the most potent types. Vitamin C is particularly talented at protecting skin from ageing stressors. Repeated exposure to UV radiation and pollution can cause skin cells to break down and become unstable, resulting in premature ageing signs like fine lines. Using vitamin C skincare can reverse this weakening of cells, bolstering skin’s strength and brightening skin tone with regular use.

How to use this anti-ageing ingredient:

You can utilise the benefits of vitamin C in a range of anti-ageing products and steps. For a powerful skin brightener, include Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution in your morning skincare regime.

3. Squalane

As an emollient, squalane helps to moisturise and prevent water loss. How does this make it an anti-ageing product? Youthful skin is hydrated, and throughout our younger years moisturising properties like squalane are abundant in skin. Production decreases with age but can be added through skincare. Gentle and nourishing, squalane is one of the most effective anti-ageing cream ingredients available.

How to use this anti-ageing ingredient:

Reaping the skincare benefits of squalane is easy with Kiehl’s. Squalane is most beneficial in – you guessed it – moisturising skincare. Apply it through enriching moisturisers like Ultra Facial Cream with Squalane.

4. Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is another deeply hydrating ingredient. It’s naturally abundant in skin but gradually depletes with age, which is partially why dryness and dehydration is so common in later years. By implementing hyaluronic acid anti-ageing skin care products, you’ll support plump and bouncy complexions. Hyaluronic acid is also an incredibly gentle ingredient, meaning that it fits comfortably alongside other ingredients and supports most skin types.

How to use this anti-ageing ingredient:

Try using hyaluronic for wrinkles in a moisturising formula to promote hydration in skin. Super Multi-Corrective Cream is formulated with fragmented hyaluronic acid which absorbs into skin quickly and expands across skin’s surface layer. Alongside chaga mushroom and phytomimetic vitamin A, this moisturiser helps to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and refine complexions.

5. Caffeine

We drink caffeine to wake ourselves up – and when used in skincare, this anti-ageing ingredient can do the same for skin. Caffeine helps to promote circulation, which reduces under eye puffiness and helps to energise complexions. Because of the amino acids it contains, it can also promote elastin and collagen production in skin. Finally, caffeine is also an antioxidant, helping to address the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

How to use this anti-ageing ingredient:

Moisturisers, cleansers and scrubs are all great uses of this multi-faceted ingredient. Facial Fuel Energising Moisture Treatment for Men is an awakening moisturiser formulated specially for men’s skin, which works to reduce occurrences of dullness common in ageing skin.

6. Collagen

Collagen has one of the biggest parts to play in youthful skin. Naturally present in skin, we have collagen to thank for our firmness in youth. As it depletes with age, skin can struggle to bounce back from repeated facial expressions. This is the major contributor to wrinkles and fine lines around our eyes, forehead and mouth. No surprise then that collagen-infused anti-ageing products can promote firmer, more uniform skin.

How to use this anti-ageing ingredient:

The eye area is thinner and more fragile than the rest of facial skin. Because of this, fine lines and wrinkles tend to appear here first. To lift and firm the eye area and address the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, a collagen-infused eye cream is a powerful addition to anti-ageing routines. Super Multi-Corrective Eye Zone Treatment contains collagen peptide to enhance skin’s natural supply.

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