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Anti-Aging Ingredients: Which Ones Do Actually Work?

The market for anti-aging products can be pretty dubious to the newcomer since it’s literally flooded with products from various companies, seemingly catering to the various needs of every customer. There are, of course, a few excellent products like the Environ Eye Gel, but then again you cannot exactly figure out which ones are effective unless you have used them before or you know the actual anti-aging ingredients to look for in a product. To spare you the trouble of being a guinea pig for beauty products, we have listed the following ingredients that do actually work against the symptoms of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and loose skin.

The next time you decide to buy something to keep your skin healthy, make sure you use this list.

Vitamin A

You must have seen all the retinoid and retinol products that are available OTC or via prescription, but did you know that the Retin-A compound, which they all contain in varying percentages, is actually derived from Vitamin A? Retinoids continue to be the number one most tested and medically proven ingredient in the anti-aging industry. In addition to speeding up cell turnover, Vitamin A also stimulates the growth of collagen to ensure that your skin doesn’t only look healthy but it is actually healthy.


The short-chain amino acids, also known as peptides, are one of the most effective ingredients for skin smoothening, right after Vitamin A. Peptides also stimulate collagen production and being one of the prime building blocks of protein, they also help in the cell rejuvenation process itself by assimilating with the skin of the user.

Green Tea

The antioxidants in Green Tea are famous for their ability to improve brain functionality, reduce the chances of skin cancer, and a whole bunch of other life-changing health benefits; however, it’s also an excellent ingredient when it comes to keeping skin healthy and young. It energises and tightens saggy skin and is particularly effective against dark circles when used in combination with caffeine. The antioxidants also prevent degradation of skin quality by neutralising harmful oxidants.

Coenzyme Q10

Alternatively known just as Vitamin Q, it helps to keep skin elastic and tight at the same time. Q10 is an essential ingredient that is produced naturally by the body to keep our skin from harm and rejuvenate it as necessary. Unfortunately, an aging individual will slowly lose the ability to produce coenzyme Q10 naturally, therefore, making it necessary to get it from an external source to retain the shape and elasticity of one’s face.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most popular supplements around the world, but not many people know how helpful it is for anti-aging. Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C helps to fight off free radicals, chemicals and toxins – all things that we experience just going about our daily life through pollution, sun exposure, and cigarette smoke to name just three. In addition to this, Vitamin C has also been proven to increase collagen production, which can help to prevent wrinkles.


You’ve probably seen many skin care products advertised as containing antioxidants, and for good reason. When applied to the skin, antioxidants can help to reduce the signs of aging, making it look and feel younger. They do this by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When skin products with antioxidants are applied, they can help your body to fight free radicals, make it feel firm, and look more even. Research has shown that the best results are found when products contain a number of antioxidants, so do make sure to keep an eye out for this when buying.

As long as your moisturizer or anti-aging body lotion contains one or multiple of these items, you will at least be able to rest assured that you are spending your hard-earned money on something that actually works. However, there’s more to using anti-aging products than just keeping track of the ingredients. The C-Quence Eye Gel from The Skin Gym, for example, contains all the necessary ingredients in the exact right amounts to stimulate collagen and reduce the fine lines that have the tendency to appear below the eyes as we age, but you must first assess your particular skin conditions so that you can figure out the product that’s right for you.

This is how it should always be done because all our skins are different and they react differently to different stimulants. It ensures that you end up getting the best results without any nasty side-effects.

All images from Magda Skorczynska & Klaudia Pulik Star in Design SCENE Magazine May 2017 Issue