Trending Anti-Aging Ingredients that Actually Work


To help you navigate the skincare space, we did some digging on the most essential anti-aging ingredients that are trending right now. Here’s what you need to know, plus some top anti-aging product picks to try.

INGREDIENT #1: GRAPESEED OIL

Have you heard the buzz about grapeseed oil? If you’re late to the party or simply haven’t had a chance to look into it, we’re here to fill you in on this trending ingredient. With multiple benefits ranging from exfoliation to skin firming, it’s no wonder this ingredient is the talk of the town!

Grapeseed oil is a jack-of-all-trades ingredient that is harvested from the pressed seeds of grapes. Mainly known for its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, grapeseed oil also contains high amounts of omega fatty acids and vitamin E—which makes it popular when it comes to formulating skincare. A few studies have shown that grapeseed oil has many benefits for the skin, including improving the skin's overall elasticity.

Interested in getting your Grape Seed fix? SJÄL Saphir Concentrate Anti-Aging Face Oil is a good one to start with. This versatile oil penetrates skin to nourish and protect against environment and aging.

INGREDIENT #2: NIACINAMIDE

A form of vitamin B3, you may have heard the name niacinamide being tossed around. Whether you’re familiar with the ingredient or not, you should be! Wondering why? Well, when it comes to skin care, some of the most common concerns are the appearance of hyperpigmentation, acne, and aging skin. So, how can one ingredient be such a catch-all skin hero? One way is because of its powerful antioxidant properties. Another is how niacinamide helps generate other important substances in skin. Even more notable is how it works as a cell-communicating ingredient. This means niacinamide can "talk" to all kinds of cells in skin, telling them to make better, healthier, younger acting cells.

The NCBI shares that niacinamide can help improve the surface of the skin and smooth the look of wrinkles. In fact, the NCBI also shares that using niacinamide topically on the skin can increase the production of ceramides (the lipids that maintain the skin’s protective barrier), which may contribute to its amazing benefits for those with visible wrinkles and fine lines, as well as maintaining hydration in the skin. This is a big reason why you may see niacinamide in various skin care products. One of which is the seriously clever concoction, AngelLift’s DermaSome Collagen. Formulated with high-potency suspension spheres that amplify a cocktail of concentrated ingredients, including collagen and elastin enhancing peptides, this light-weight cream serum is packed with restoring ingredients that will make you feel as though you are aging backwards.

INGREDIENT #3: MONOLAURIN

This ingredient has been around for a long time but is often forgotten about behind the sparkle of newer ingredients. Sometimes though, tried and true is the way to go, which is why we want to bring this one back into the mix for 2020. This coconut-derived ingredient does at least three key things for your skin: 1) It gently lifts dirt and oil from the skin, leaving it squeaky clean but deeply hydrated and supple. 2) It has antimicrobial properties (studies show that it is as effective as 70 percent isopropyl alcohol at banishing micro-organisms), which means it is great for acne-prone and oily-skin types. And again, instead of stripping the skin, it leaves it calm and moisturized. 3) It is hypoallergenic and soothing, which makes it the perfect ingredient and solution for sensitive, angry skin types, especially those with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. We are loving VMV HYPOALLERGENICS ID Monolaurin Gel face+ body clarifying smoothening mattifier.

INGREDIENT #4: COENZYME Q10

Many of us may not be very familiar with this ingredient – it could even be the first time you’ve heard of it!

Simply put, Q10 or Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant coenzyme that is naturally produced in your body to zap free radicals in your cells. It is required for the proper function of many organs and chemical reactions in the body.

As you age, your body starts making less Q10 naturally, just like how your collagen and ceramide levels tend to deplete over time. That being said, you don’t necessarily have to wait until you are older in order to benefit from using products that contain Q10.

In addition, dermatologists also share that the key to achieving plump, juicy, fresh skin lies in the skin’s essential building blocks, one of which is coenzyme Q10. Hence, making sure that your body’s Q10 is maintained at sufficient levels is very important if you want young and healthy-looking skin.

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INGREDIENT #5 PLANT STEM CELLS

Plant Stem Cells is another trending ingredient in skincare products. These might pop up as “fruit stem cells” on a product, or even specifically as “grape stem cells” or “apple stem cells.”

To refresh your memory on stem cells — all living creatures have stem cells, including humans and plants. You can think of these as the most basic cells possible, ones that have not yet become specialized to do one particular job. So they aren’t yet skin cells or brain cells or bone cells, they’re just generic cells that have yet to undergo a process called differentiation, which makes them specialized.

Stem cells can self-renew, meaning they can make more stem cells, or they can differentiate and become skin or brain cells or bone cells or any other kind of specialized cell and then multiply. The reason plant stem cells can be so effective in anti-aging topical treatments is because they are full of antioxidants that can help prevent oxidative stress and repair cellular damage in our skin.

When these plant stem cells are added to creams, moisturizers and serums, they give these products an extra anti-aging boost and help protect your skin against damage. One of Wrinklepedia’s favorite plant stem cell rich serum is AngelLift’s DermaSome Moisturizing Serum. Bioengineered from plant stem cells, collagen-optimizing peptides and wrinkle-relaxing antioxidants, DermaSome Moisturizing Serum deeply hydrates the skin, boosts collagen, and softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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