Which Anti-Aging Cosmetic Ingredients Work Best?

By Linda Robison

Most anti-aging cosmetics have long lists of ingredients that read like a bunch of pseudo-scientific terminology. But what do they do, and how can they help prevent or slow down skin aging?

We'll break down the purpose and action of the most popular anti-aging ingredients found in cosmetic products, so you can make informed decisions when purchasing anti-aging products.

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by Linda Robison

However, before we begin, here is what you need to know to get the most effective product for your money.

Here's what you should consider

Before you purchase a anti-aging product, always check the label!

While most cosmetic labels will contain a long list of strange sounding ingredients - you want to look for the "active" anti-aging ingredient.

That "active" ingredient is the power horse of the anti-aging product. And the higher up on the list the "active" ingredient appears, the more powerful the product will be. This means you get more bang for your buck.

Below is an ingredient list from a retinol skin repair serum. Notice the main "active" ingredient, retinol, is fairly high up on the list. That's a good sign, indicating that this product contains a fair amount of retinol and will probably be pretty effective.

Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), Hamamelis Virginian (Witch Hazel), Pentylene Glycol, Phospholipids, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Wildcrafted Resina Propoli (Propolis), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerine.

Anti-aging cosmetic active ingredient list

Here is a list of the most popular active anti-aging ingredients that can help your skin look better.



Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA exfoliates, brightens skin, reduces large pores and appearance of wrinkles, improves skin texture and tone.

Argireline helps inhibit facial muscle tightening and contract collagen.

CBD Oil - Hemp anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, hydrating benefits for normal, aging, sensitive, troubled and damaged skin.

Copper Peptide anti-inflammatory, wound healing & repair.

Eyeliss anti-inflammatory.

Hyaluronic Acid super hydrator/moisturizer, skin firmer, anti-wrinkle.

L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) skin lightener, anti-wrinkle agent, stimulates collagen synthesis.

Matrixyl anti-wrinkle, lifting effect.

Retinol (Vitamin A) exfoliates, moisturizes, anti-wrinkle.

What to do now?

Yes, it's overwhelming. You probably feel that you want or need to use all of them. Especially as we get older and find we're dealing with more and more anti-aging skin issues.

Well, surprisingly, it's not impossible to wind up using most of the anti-aging cosmetics discussed in the list above, since many products have dual actions and often contain multiple active ingredients.

And, in the course of a week (7 days), you could very possibly wind up using many of them through your normal combined skin care routines.

For example, at the very basic, most women over 40 follow a basic routine that includes the following:

  • sensitive skin face wash
  • super hydrating moisturizer
  • anti-aging night-time cream or serum
  • weekly exfoliator, peel, or facial

Don't have a basic skin care routine yet? Not sure where to start? Click here for simple and affordable at-home solutions for skin over 40.

Finally - be patient

Be Patient

If you're just starting to use anti-aging cosmetics, be patient.

Remember, just because certain cosmetic ingredients are clinically proven to help reduce the signs of aging - that does not guarantee that you'll see the results you're expecting.

No matter which anti-aging cosmetic product you choose, keep in mind that it could take 3-6 months to see improvements, such as a softer, smoother. or more hydrated appearance.

And, some people might exerprience temporary side-effects for the first few weeks.


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