16 Best Anti-Aging Serums of 2022 – Prevention Magazine

If you have a specific concern, like discoloration or fine lines, Dr. Frey recommends choosing a product with a potent, high concentration of an active ingredient proven to target that concern. Otherwise, it’s a great idea to pick a formula with a combination of ingredients below:

✔️ Antioxidants. “The most important thing we need to do for our skin is to protect it,” explains Dr. Levin. “And the only that we currently can do that, that’s very evidence based, is [with] antioxidants.” Antioxidants protect from free-radicals, which break down the skin. The most well-studied antioxidant is vitamin C, which is proven to brighten the complexion, improve discoloration, tighten pores, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E is another great antioxidant, which pairs well with Vitamin C as a stabilizer, according to Dr. Frey.

✔️ Retinol. Dr. Levin calls retinol, a vitamin A derivative, “the gold standard and the Holy Grail,” for its ability to increase collagen production. According to our experts, retinol helps with scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, overall plumpness of the skin, tone, and texture—truly hitting all the bases. Caution: Dr. Frey warns that retinol can be a bit sensitizing and irritating, so be sure to introduce retinol-based products slowly, and as a part of a hydrating and moisturizing routine. You’ll also want to only use retinol at night, as sunlight will inactive the ingredient, per Dr. Levin.

✔️ Peptides. “I am a big fan of peptides,” explains Dr. Levin. Peptides, which are teeny-tiny proteins, are extremely effective in signaling the skin to create more collagen and elastin (also proteins!) which are responsible for the bouncy quality of the skin. By introducing a peptide-based product into your skincare routine you will see a smoother and much more even complexion.

✔️ Humectants. The most popular humectant (moisture retaining ingredient) is hyaluronic acid, but glycerin, panthenol, and urea are also powerful water-loving ingredients to look out for. “As we age, our skin loses its ability to maintain moisture,” explains Dr. Frey. However, humectants can help replenish that moisture, supporting healthy skin and provide bouncier, more radiant-looking skin by concealing fine lines that appear deeper when the skin is dry and dehydrated.

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