There are a variety of powerful anti-aging ingredients you could be using in your skincare routine to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay while keeping your complexion hydrated and smooth. However, while many have been proven to make a profound difference in your appearance, others are less beneficial than they may seem and could be wasting space in your regimen for products that actually work.
We spoke with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Marisa Garshick who outlined three popular anti-aging ingredients that aren’t actually useful for fighting wrinkles, and the answers may surprise you.
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Maintaining adequate collagen production in the body is vital for keeping elasticity and firmness in your skin, but applying it directly to your complexion has proven to not be quite as effective as it may seem. “Collagen is a large molecule so it may not be able to penetrate the skin to deliver anti-aging benefits,” explains Garshick. “While it’s not dangerous to use, it is not the most effective method of boosting collagen in the skin. Instead it can be helpful to incorporate retinol or retinoids, which are vitamin A derivatives that boost collagen production or peptides, which are able to promote collagen synthesis.”
Another more effective way of increasing collagen production is by consuming collagen-rich foods such as fish, egg whites, and berries which can help tighten and brighten your skin from within. That being said, don’t waste your money on a topical collagen serum.
Many people utilize coconut oil as a hydrating topical solution, but this ingredient has not proven to be particularly beneficial in any anti-aging capacity. “While commonly used on the skin for its moisturizing benefits, there is not enough evidence to show that coconut oil has specific anti-aging benefits. It is also considered comedogenic, meaning it can clog the pores and worsen breakouts, particularly in those with oily skin,” warns Garshick.
“For someone looking to boost moisture while also getting an anti-aging benefit, it can be helpful to consider ingredients like hyaluronic acid which helps to boost moisture and plump the skin, offering a temporary improvement in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,” she adds. In general, putting food ingredients on your face isn’t best practice within your skincare routine, so coconut oil will be best left to your diet and not your beauty regimen if you truly want to enhance your natural glow and defeat wrinkles at the source.
Olive oil can often be found in a variety of hydrating and anti-aging skincare products, but Garshick explains that once again this ingredient truly has no benefit for ridding your complexion of fine lines and wrinkles. “While olive oil is rich in hydrating ingredients as well as antioxidants, by itself, it is unlikely to be the only thing to help improve the signs of aging,” she says. “The antioxidants help to protect against free radical damage which can have some benefits over time. While there are some antioxidant benefits with olive oil, it may be best to opt for Vitamin C, which not only has antioxidant benefits but is also important for collagen production.”
On the whole, sticking to retinol, retinoids, and vitamin C to do the heavy lifting for your anti-aging routine will provide the most significant results, and leaving these ingredients out of your lineup will reduce the risk of skin irritation, breakouts, and clogged pores.