Who doesn't covet smoother, plumper, younger-looking skin? You're never too young to start thinking about using anti-ageing creams but with so many different versions on the market, it can be hard to know where to start. The key to selecting a youth-enhancing beauty product that actually works is to look out for ingredients that have been scientifically proven to roll back the clock. We're not talking about miracle workers here, we're talking about real-deal results that are backed by research.
Below you'll find six ingredients that can help diminish fine lines, smooth over wrinkles, fade dark spots and plump skin, plus six anti-ageing creams containing these wonder ingredients. And the best part? These amazing anti-ageing creams won't break the bank! In fact, they're all under £20. So what are you waiting for? Read up on the super ingredients and start looking younger today.
This skin-perfecting peptide (a scientific term for protein) stimulates collagen, restores elasticity and encourages skin repair. Collagen keeps skin plump and supple but as we age, the levels of collagen in our skin decreases, resulting in wrinkles, fine lines and dullness. One study in 2013 found that matrixyl DOUBLED the amount of collagen in skin. Not bad! Keep skin looking younger for longer with matrixyl-containing Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Age-Defying Serum, £20.
You know vitamins are good for you, but did you know that Vitamin E has been proven to aid dryness plus neutralise damaging free radicals? Dry skin can lead to tightness, fine lines and itching while free radicals from sun, pollution and more are responsible for skin sagging, wrinkles and rough skin. Vitamin E is moisturising, anti-inflammatory and can protect skin against sun damage. Get your fill with Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser, £2, that not only has Vitamin E but also the all-important pro-vitamin B5 (keep reading....).
Another vitamin with serious anti-ageing power is pro-vitamin B5, which has the ability to moisturise and heal the skin. This clever ingredient can attract and hold on to moisture, leaving skin supple and hydrated. It's also anti-inflammatory and fights those pesky free radicals. Try Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Moisturiser Night Cream, £5 and see if you notice a difference.
Yes, sunscreen! That's because sun damage is responsible for the majority of ageing symptoms, like wrinkling spotting and loss of elasticity. In fact, according to a 2013 study, UV rays accounted for 80 per cent of skin ageing. A moisturiser with SPF 25 or higher is your best defence against wrinkles, dullness, brown spots and loss of firmness. Try Olay Complete Lightweight 3in1 Moisturiser Day Fluid, £4.
Also known as Vitamin A, which is found naturally in your body, this tried-and-tested anti-ageing ingredient can help reduce wrinkles, lighten brown spots and soften roughness. Retinol works by stimulatating collagen production and increasing turnover of skin cells. L'Oreal Revitalift Day Cream, £8, contains retinyl palmitate, a weaker form of retinol. But don't be put off by a lighter dosage – going easy with this powerful ingredient is actually a good thing, as retinol can stress out your skin.
Similar to retinol, Vitamin C can help fight those nasty free radicals that trigger skin wrinkling and sagging. Vitamin C can also help reduce inflammation, reverse sun damage and boost collagen production. Translation? Plumper, brighter and healthier-looking skin. L'Oreal's Age Perfect range contains this powerful anti-ager.