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:
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Vitamin A (In different forms i.e retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinal, etc)
- Vitamin C
- Green tea
- Alpha hydroxy acids e.g glycolic acid
- Vitamin E (tocopherol)
- Grape seed
- Soy isoflavones/ extract
- Linoleic/ linolenic acids/ phospholipids
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 or ubiquinone)