Pro-xylane, hyaluronic acid, adenosine…before you pinch yourself, you’re not having a dream about high school chemistry class. More likely? You’re in the skin care aisle, examining the product labels you’re about to purchase. These words—both the ones you recognize and the ones you don’t— are some of the anti-aging ingredients designed to do everything from improve the appearance of wrinkles to firm the look of your skin. While these labels can be confusing, we have you covered! Pascale Mora, scientific communication director at Vichy International, breaks down the top five anti-aging ingredients.
What it is: a macromolecule that occurs naturally in the skin
What it does: Hydration is the first step towards healthy-looking skin and hyaluronic acid offers it in spades. The macromolecule attracts and holds 1000x its weight in water “creating a plump, cushioned effect;” and is effective against uneven texture and rough complexions.
Try: Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer
What it is: vitamin A derivative, also naturally present in the skin
What it does: Obsessing over wrinkles? It’s time to try retinol in your skin care routine. Retinol helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin’s surface—and results can often be seen quickly. Be sure to apply retinol at nighttime, starting with a small amount and working your way up, and always follow up with a broad-spectrum SPF each morning.
Try: LiftActiv Retinol HA Concentrate
What it is: a natural sugar extracted from birch trees
What it does: While retinol is excellent for targeting wrinkles, it’s not the best option when you have sensitive skin. Allow us to introduce you to rhamnose, a natural sugar derived from the birch tree that is a gentler option that firms the look of the skin, firms and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Try: LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme
What it is: a sugar-protein derived from beech wood that helps defend against water loss
What it does: This wrinkle-fighting ingredient helps to boost the appearance of volume and thickness while reducing the visibility of wrinkles. It’s an excellent option for women who are experiencing hormonal aging—the accelerated aging that occurs during menopause—as it tackles the loss of volume that can happen during this time which can cause wrinkles and fine lines to look more pronounced, and skin to be dryer. Try: Neovadiol Compensating Complex
What it is: an ingredient that can help with over-day aging
What it does: Ever feel like your skin looks older as the day drags on? By the time you’re ready to head home—or worse, take your lunch break—you notice more fine lines and a dull complexion. That’s called over-day aging and adenosine can helpyour skin look more plump and rested.
Try: Liftactiv Supreme