ANTI-AGEING SKINCARE: Top anti-ageing ingredients to look for

Since I was in the university, I have always had to contend with acne and enlarged pores. I was able to minimise the acne and pores (although I still have flare ups) but recently as the 30s are in full swing, I noticed the first fine line on my forehead. I almost collapsed! Prior to now, I have not really been serious about using anti-ageing products because I have been tackling acne. I have had to change my skin care regimen to focus more on anti-ageing. I have therefore decided to start this series to let you know some ingredients to look out for when you want to purchase anti-ageing products.

As far as I am concerned, there is really no miracle product and many products marketed by big companies are not all that effective. Plus, there is no magic ingredient. To get the best from anti-ageing products, it’s a good idea to:

  • use a product that has several effective ingredients;
  • choose a product that has effective ingredients listed in the top 10 (preferably top 5). I always get angry when I see products that have the anti-ageing ingredient at the end of the ingredient list!

This is a list of ingredients I look out for in my anti-ageing products:

  1. Hyaluronic Acid
  2. Vitamin A (In different forms i.e retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinal, etc)
  3. Vitamin C
  4. Green tea
  5. Pomegranate
  6. Alpha hydroxy acids e.g glycolic acid
  7. Vitamin E (tocopherol)
  8. Niacinamide
  9. Resveratrol
  10. Grape seed
  11. Soy isoflavones/ extract
  12. Linoleic/ linolenic acids/ phospholipids
  13. Ceramides
  14. Caffeine
  15. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 or ubiquinone)
  16. Peptides

ANTI-ageing skin care

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  1. Hi Doctor I have been battling with acne for the past 15yrs. It got severe recently. I also have scanty hair. Although i have cut the relaxed hair and trying to grow the natural hair. Pls I need your advice

    1. Sorry to hear about your battle with acne. Have you tried seeing a dermatologist? He/she would be able to see you in person and give you proper treatment and advice. What I can tell you is:
      1. Look out for all your skin products including makeup for the word NON-COMEDOGENIC. Anyone that doesn’t have this term should be discarded.
      2. Wash your makeup brushes regularly.
      3. Change your pillowcase regularly.
      4. Use products containing Benzoyl peroxide. A very good product I personally recommend is Mary Kay acne gel
      5. Use products containing sulfur. Queen Helene mint julep masque and Proactiv mask have this.
      6. There are other antibiotic medication you can take but as I said, please see a dermatologist.

      For thicker hair, I advise that you wash and deep condition your hair weekly. Add Jamaican black castor oil to your conditioner and/or apply it to your scalp. This has helped thicken the hair of many ladies. If this is not enough, try purchasing HAIRFINITY supplements. You can get this to buy on
      During the week, you should also apply a hair moisturiser when your hair feels dry.

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