Reading an ingredients list on your beauty serum can sometimes feel like you’re doing brain surgery with all those confusing names.  And, how can you tell which ones are actually good for your skin?

The best ingredients to smooth your lines and brighten your appearance should not only protect your skin from further damage but also reduce the existing deterioration.

So, the next time you’re reaching for a new face serum or cream, these are the top ingredients Dr Giulia D'Anna, dermal therapist and founder of Dermal Distinction, suggests you look for to get that youthful glow.  

SPF - no matter what you try, if you damage your skin by exposing it to UVA/UVB, you will literally undo everything. UV is responsible for around 80% of ageing. Tanned skin is skin that has been exposed to trauma.

Ascorbic acid (vitamin c) is a great anti-oxidant and also the backbone of collagen. It helps to reduce damage from the environment, like pollution and chemicals.

Niacinamide (vitamin b3) is also a powerhouse ingredient that you should look for in skincare. Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that works to help visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and a weakened surface..

Resveratrol is a natural antioxidant compound found in high amounts amongst the skins of grapes and in red wine. Resveratrol is a particularly potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radical damage and allows the collagen to keep on pumping, and was discovered more than 20 years ago.

Hyaluronic acid (Sodium Hyaluronate) is a brilliant skin hydrator. When cells are hydrated, they communicate better and function better too. This means healthy cells that function well.

Squalene (or squalane) is just a great emollient that keeps the skin glowing and supple.

Retinol is a form of vitamin A, that has medical studies done that span years to prove its effectiveness on skin. It is a very important inclusion as it helps to reduce the dead skin cells, and by doing this improves the skin function and speed of cell renewal. New cells look better and work optimally too.

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