1. Hyaluronic acid
This wonder ingredient can hold 1000 times its weight in water and is able to penetrate the deeper layers of your skin, boosting elasticity and plumping the skin’s appearance, says Dr Gunatheesan.
Find it in: La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum This day serum contains two types of plumping hyaluronic acid.
CeraVe Daily Moisturising Lotion is suitable for very dry skin and, along with hyaluronic acid, contains ceramides, which help shield skin against dehydration.
2. Vitamin C (aka L-ascorbic acid)
“When vitamin C is applied to the skin, it acts as an antioxidant – it reduces and reverses pigmentation, wrinkles, fi ne lines and skin roughness, protects from UV radiation and promotes collagen,” says GP Dr Ginni Mansberg, a member of the Australasian Menopause Society. For products to be effective, you need to look for formulations containing at least a 10 per cent concentration.
Find it in: Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Apply the oil in the capsule onto the face, neck and decolletage.
3.Vitamin B3 (aka niacinamide)
Anti-inflammatory vitamin B3 is described by Dr Mansberg as a great skincare all-rounder. “It’s used for anti-ageing, management of some common skin disorders, managing acne and reducing the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers,” she says. It also helps reduce free radical damage, calms breakouts, strengthens the skin and improves skin tone.
Find it in: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% contains a concentrated formulation of niacinamide.
4. Vitamin A
Numerous studies attest to the anti-ageing benefits of vitamin A. Variously known as retinol, retinal (which is stronger) and prescription-only retinoic acid, it can improve the thickness of your skin and speed up cell turnover, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Find it in: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Oil is a lightweight overnight treatment.
5. SPF 50+
About 80 per cent of facial skin ageing is a result of UV exposure, so protecting yourself is essential. “If you care about sun-related ageing, you need sunscreen from sunrise to sunset,” advises Dr Mansberg.
Find it in: Natio Daily Defence Face Moisturiser SPF 50+ is nourishing, lightweight and non-greasy.
Aspect Sun Hydrating Face SPF 50 contains antioxidants for added environmental protection. Can also be used as a face cream or body lotion.