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Know IT: What Anti-Aging Ingredients Are Best for Mature Skin?

IT Cosmetics guide to the best ingredients for mature skin

Some might say we’re living in the golden age of skincare. For starters, we’re privy to so much more information than in years past, including scientific studies on some of the best ingredients on the market—and this is especially true when it comes to the topic of anti-aging. Knowing which skincare ingredients and products are worth our time and money and which we should de-prioritize is the first step to youthful skin success.

Moreover, discovering effective and nourishing formulations has never been easier. Think rich eye cream and silky anti-aging serums that glide on like a dream. Plus, it’s way easier to stick to a skincare routine when you look forward to a luxurious daily ritual. It’s important to look for effective and nourishing formulas that can help target common aging concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and sunspots. Here are a few of our favorite anti-aging ingredients out there.

Sunscreen

As much as we love a bright and sunny day, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are notoriously damaging. Not only can unprotected exposure lead to skin cancer, but it can also promote signs of premature aging. These signs include fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, and even dark spots, which can develop over time as a result of sun exposure. Everyone should wear an SPF of 30 or greater every day whether indoors or outdoors, rain or shine.

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IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is a complexion corrector that visibly evens out skin while delivering sun protection. For a boost of hydration, we recommend layering it on top of Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer (or Confidence in a Gel Lotion if you have oily skin.)

Retinol

A derivative of vitamin A, retinol helps increase skin surface cell turnover while stimulating collagen production. When used consistently over time, this leads to a visible improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, and even hyperpigmentation.

“As a dermatologist, the number-one ingredient I recommend to patients for anti-aging results is retinol,” says Kavita Mariwalla, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and IT Cosmetics Advisory Board Member.

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Eager to give retinol a go? Try the Hello Results Wrinkle-Reducing Daily Retinol Serum-in-Cream, a supremely gentle retinol that’s suitable for all skin types.

“While retinol really works, it can also cause redness, dryness, and flaking. That’s why I love Hello Results,” says Dr. Mariwalla. It balances the anti-aging power of a retinol serum with the soothing care of a cream in one easy step.”

The formula also includes niacinamide, which can help minimize the look of dark spots. To incorporate the product into your regimen, use it nightly after cleansing your skin. It should not be applied at the same time as AHAs or BHAs.

Vitamin C

Free radicals are one of your skin’s worst enemies, but antioxidant-rich vitamin C can help defend your skin from their havoc-wreaking ways!

“Over time, these free radicals can make the skin look sallow, and can contribute to signs of aging like hyperpigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles,” notes Dr. Mariwalla. “I love vitamin C because it’s a potent antioxidant. That means it can help skin look brighter, and help fight sun damage.”

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Formulated with 15% vitamin C, Bye Bye Dullness Vitamin C Serum packs serious antioxidant power into one easy-to-use formula. To incorporate this anti-aging serum into your regimen, apply it after cleansing and before moisturizer, SPF, and makeup.

Ceramides

While you might be more familiar with anti-aging ingredients such as vitamin C, retinol, and SPF, ceramides make sense when we’re talking about skincare for mature skin.

“Ceramides are molecules that work naturally in your skin to promote hydration and improve barrier function,” explains Dr. Mariwalla. “The amazing thing about ceramides is that when you apply them to the skin, it actually helps stimulate your body to produce more of its own natural ceramides.”

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In addition to using a face moisturizer morning and evening, such as Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer, try an eye cream with ceramides. Confidence in an Eye Cream features the same hydrating, skin firming, and wrinkle-smoothing benefits while helping improve the look of dark under-eye circles.

Niacinamide

Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, has been shown to visibly reduce dark spots and discoloration while improving the look of skin clarity. Dr. Mariwalla says, “Niacinamide is your best friend and every dark spot’s worst nightmare.”

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Bye Bye Dark Spots Niacinamide Serum offers a silky feel and 4% niacinamide. Best of all, Dr. Mariwalla assures us that anyone can use it—even those with sensitive skin. Apply four to five drops of this anti-aging serum to clean skin and gently press it onto your face and neck. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

Glycolic Acid

Adding an anti-aging ingredient like glycolic acid to your skincare routine can help promote skin surface-cell renewal so skin looks brighter and smoother.

“Glycolic Acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid and one of my favorite ingredients to exfoliate skin, shrink the appearance of pores, and refine texture,” says Dr. Mariwalla. “The result of using it? It helps shed dead skin and improve light reflection so you look more radiant.”

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Hello Results Resurfacing Glycolic Acid Treatment + Caring Night Oil is an innovative formulation that’s ideal for mature skin. It combines the gentle exfoliating benefits of glycolic acid with a blend of meadowfoam and argan oils, which helps nourish, moisturize, and condition. The result is skin that looks and feels softer and more radiant.

This oil can be used in the evenings following your cleanser. It should not be applied at the same time as retinol. Instead, alternate these products every other day.

Hyaluronic Acid

To help minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles, add a hyaluronic acid serum to your regimen.

“Hyaluronic acid is a component of our skin that gives it hydration and contributes to its ‘bounce,’” says Dr. Mariwalla. “The hope is that, by applying it topically, hyaluronic acid can penetrate the outer layer of skin and [help improve the hydration of skin] that naturally starts to decrease as we age.”

She adds that hyaluronic acid not only keeps our skin hydrated, but that it can also contribute to a more youthful appearance.

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Bye Bye Lines Hyaluronic Acid Serum helps visibly plump and smooth fine lines. This anti-aging serum is also formulated with a duo of peptide and vitamin B5 to support supple-feeling skin.

Use it after cleansing and before applying your moisturizer, SPF, and makeup. If you want you can even layer it with your vitamin C serum in the morning, and layer it with your glycolic acid peel in the evening.

Now that you’ve got skincare for mature skin covered, check out these 6 Makeup Tips for Mature Skin.

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