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Topical anti-aging is all the rage today. There thousands of products out there for everything from dark circles to wrinkles. Despite there being hundreds of different formulas, there are a number of popular reoccurring ingredients. Here we have a list of some of the most popular skincare ingredients, their benefits and their efficacy in reversing aging signs.


Our List of the Most Popular Skincare Ingredients

There are a ton of ingredients that make up our favorite skincare products.  But there are a select few that are more common than other.  The ingredients listed below are ones that are commonly featured as active, or support ingredients.


It is hard to avoid the term “antioxidant” as it’s benefits are blasted in the media, advertisement and products we see everywhere we shop. But what exactly is an antioxidant? Biologically derived, antioxidants are plant based nutrients and are also produced in the human body. They help to neutralize “free radicals” that from UV radiation that can harm skin at the DNA. Cellular and molecular level damage accelerates the aging process. This leads to wrinkles & fine lines, dark circles under the eyes and dull & dry skin. Eating foods and applying antioxidants topically could help you repair damage, protect the skin and decelerate aging. Most potent and most popular antioxidants include:

Popular Antioxidants in Skincare

  • Acai oil
  • Alpha-lipoic acid
  • Caffeine
  • Coenzyme Q-10
  • Green Tea Extract
  • Retinol
  • Vitamin C

Alpha-Lipic Acid

Mentioned earlier, Alpha-Lipic Acid is another antioxidant. This antioxidant is found in every single cell of our entire body. It is often promoted for its ability to shrink pores and prevent them from clogging. In turn, this may help improve the skin’s vibrancy. Furthermore, they are said to help diminish and eliminate wrinkles and fine lines.

Green Tea Extract

Green Tea is an ancient remedy totted for its many benefits. It is loaded nutrients, such as polyphenols, that contain antioxidant properties. Research indicants that nutrients in Green Tea extract can help reduce the damaging effects of the sun and could potential help prevent skin cancer.


Vitamin A is used to make one of the most popular and effective anti-aging ingredients, Retinol. It is added to creams and serums to helps boost collagen production. This plumps the skin by repairing connective tissues. The result helps reduce wrinkles and fill in fine lines. Retinol also helps balance skin tone by improving color and reducing blotchiness.

Vitamin C

Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is one of the most vital nutrients for the skin as well as the entire body. It is most often used to boost immunity, but as far more significant benefits for countering the aging process. It is one of the more significant attributers in the development of various types of collagen and other connective tissues like elastin. These connective tissues keep the facial tissue strong and flexible. Vitamin C also has antioxidant properties that help to heal and repair the skin, reducing scaring and minimizing wrinkles.

Coenzyme Q-10

The body naturally produces Coenzyme Q-10, commonly referred to as CoQ-10. IT contains antioxidant properties to help fight free radicals in cells. Less and less CoQ-10 is made as you age, which causes skin’s defenses against UV radiation to decline. As a supplement or used in moisturizers, Coenzyme Q-10 is shown to reduce wrinkles around the eyes called “crow’s feet” among other anti-aging effects.


More than just a stimulant to give you a buzz from your morning coffee, most people do not realize that caffeine displays antioxidant properties. However, there is mixed data on how it affects the skin in topical applications. That said, there are some studies that indicate potential anti-wrinkle benefits, most notably those around the eyes.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids

AHA (Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids) are naturally occurring group of acids. They include citric, lactic, glycolic and tartaric acids and are used in a number of different products, including skincare formulas. It is widely used because of its exfoliating properties that remove dead skin cells, making the skin softer, smoother and more vibrant.

Salicylic Acid

Another exfoliating acid that can help reduce signs of aging is Salicylic Acid. It is gentler than AHA and is used in many acne treatments. It penetrates through the pores to help minimize blackhead and whitehead formation.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is another popular skincare ingredient. This acid is naturally produced in your body. It is responsible for keeping tissues lubricated and cushioned. It can be found in connective tissues, joint fluid and the skin. It naturally declines with age, so using products that include Hyaluronic Acid, especially in combination with Vitamin C, can help keep skin smooth.

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