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8 Dermatologist Approved Ingredients to Help Treat Ageing Skin

Beauty marketing is a blood sport.

It’s never enough to sell something that works.

It has to be the latest, most innovative skin solution.

But nine times out of ten, all you need is something topical that works.

And your skin will give the illusion of youth.

Especially when diligently cleansed, toned, serum’d, oiled, essenced and moisturised.

So, we put together a list of dermatologist-approved ingredients.

To get you barreling down the path to the correct anti-ageing skincare routine.

Step 1. Apply your ABC’S

The absolute best routine to treat ageing is starting with your ABC basics.

Vitamin A

This essential Vitamin regulates skin processes, rebuilding collagen fibres, strengthening blood vessels and boosting cellular turnover.

A retinol formula such as A + skin shot will help build your base and strengthen your skin’s foundation.

A vast body of research on this ingredient, like this study (1), demonstrates its anti-ageing effects when used regularly.

Vitamin B

This multitasking Vitamin works on your pigmentation and dark spots, helping lift them deep from within the dermis, especially when combined with N acetyl glucosamine.

Vitamin B also increases ceramide levels, making skin look dewy, hydrated, and supple and improving its surface structural integrity.

Vitamin C

This Vitamin is essential for skin repair and renewal, minimising scarring and rebuilding collagen.

It is a potent antioxidant, protecting your skin from UV light and environmental pollutants.

This is why, as estheticians, we recommend applying your ABC ingredients daily.

This we discuss in more detail here for further reading.

Step 2. Make Antioxidants Your Best Friend

Antioxidants defend against damaging free radicals, the tiny molecules that attack healthy skin cells, causing a cycle of destruction.

This is why applying antioxidants topically will help to ward off premature ageing and shield your skin against oxidation, preventing signs of premature ageing.

 Step 3. Lay off the Sugar

This is a critical dietary factor that has been scientifically proven to affect the way you age.

As this research (2) demonstrates. Glucose and fructose in everyday foods break down your skin’s collagen and elastin proteins.

Sugar kick-starts the process of glycation, which stiffens protein fibres in your skin, producing and accelerating the formation of wrinkles.

If you cut down your sugar intake, your skin will become firmer and less dry.

In the industry, this condition is known as sugar face, and you can read all about it here.

Step 4. Hydration

We know it’s been said many times before, but keeping your skin hydrated is vital to ward off premature ageing.

The human body contains between 45% and 65% water, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that staying hydrated is good for your overall health.

Drinking the right amount of water allows your body to eliminate toxins while enabling your organs and cells to work correctly.

Staying hydrated internally replenishes your skin cells, making for clearer, healthier skin.

Step 5: Hyaluronic Acid 

Like the collagen and elastin fibres in your skin, the intercellular glue that holds these fibres in place also undergoes age-related changes.

This means the distribution of Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), such as Hyaluronic Acid, also changes.

The amount of Hyaluronic Acid found in the deeper layers of your skin, the dermis, diminishes as early as your thirties.

This loss is often the cause of dehydration and loss of structure, contributing to altered elasticity.

So never underestimate hyaluronic acid; it’s an important humectant. H₂O Hydrating skin shot is the perfect antidote, helping to combat topical dehydration in your skin.

When hyaluronic acid is coupled with other essential humectants in your skin, like urea, sodium PCA, and peptides in our Quench skin-plumping moisturiser.

When used synergistically, their important anti-ageing properties help slow down the hands of time.

Step 6: Caffeine Reverses Ageing

Research (3) has found that caffeine can slow down the effects of ageing.

Yes, you read that right. For all the bad press coffee gets, caffeine can protect your body from persistent inflammation.

While drinking coffee won’t make your skin look younger, skin care products containing caffeine can help protect it.

Step 7: Exercise Keeps You Young

Regular exercise increases blood flow, which carries oxygen and nutrients to your cells.

This increased blood flow also removes those aggravating free radicals.

Physical activity additionally aids in reducing stress, which is another massive contributor to skin health and ageing.

This interesting article discusses that the correct amount of exercise can knock years off your life mentally and physically.

 Step 8: Replenish Ceramides Topically

In addition to dehydration in the dermis, research (4) has found that as we age, the moisture content of the outer layer of skin significantly reduces.

This is due to reduced essential lipids, including cholesterol, ceramides, and phospholipids, also naturally found in the skin.

When these skin-identical ingredients are reduced, the skin struggles to bind and retain water; as a result, it becomes less pliable and undermines its integrity. This causes inflammageing, leading to fine lines and wrinkles.

Fortunately, regular application of ceramides and lipids can rebuild the barrier and alleviate this problem.

All these essential ingredients are in Fortify barrier repair cream and our Reset age defy cream.

To conclude. The naked truth

Ageing causes your skin to lose moisture, leading to wrinkles and drier skin.

To prevent this, it is essential to use intelligent ingredients:

  1. Replenish skin-identical ingredients like ceramides, lipids, and cholesterol topically to help keep your skin moisturised and supple.
  2. Keep inflammation at bay by using sun protection daily.
  3. Regularly apply hyaluronic acid and humectant-rich products to keep your skin plump and healthy and prevent dehydration.
  4. Please don’t overdo it with harsh ingredients, like actives and acids.

Always remember that your skin is the largest living organ on your body; its function is to protect you from the outside world and to be the “topcoat” of your body.

It deserves to be kept as healthy and vital as possible.


  1. Vitamin A antagonises decreased cell growth and elevated collagen-degrading matrix metalloproteinases, stimulating collagen.
  2. Nutrition and ageing skin: sugar and glycation.
  3. Current insights into skin lipids and their roles in cutaneous health and disease.
  4. Anti-ageing effects of coffee

2 replies on “8 Dermatologist Approved Ingredients to Help Treat Ageing Skin”

I’m confused, I just came from your article about barrier repair and in almost every reply you said no retin a(vitamin a) not vitamin c.
So..which is correct? Just curious as I’ve been on the hunt for great moisturizer and that led me to Your article
All the best

Hi Amber Vitamin A is so very active that it sheds the barrier, not ideal when you are trying to heal your skin. Vitamin C used in low dose is a skin strengthener and will help to rebuild a barrier, but yes it really does depend on the degree of inflammation. I hope this answers your query. warm regards Samantha

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