Anti-ageing serums are concentrated creams or liquids for the face that contain active ingredients capable of having a visible impact on your skin as soon as you apply them – in other words, you'll see instant results! Full of vitamins, antioxidants and exfoliating acids like retinol and hyaluronic acid, they pack more in than other skincare products, and can be beneficial no matter the age and are great for men and women.
Choosing which anti-ageing treatment is right for you isn’t easy, so we've broken it down for you and put together a guide so you can find the saviour for your skin. We've also rounded up a range of great anti-ageing serums suitable for oily, dry, acne-prone and sensitive skin, from brands such as Boots, No 7, and L’Oreal to more high-end range treatments from Clarins and La Mer, all easily found on Amazon, John Lewis or eBay.
There are a number of important factors to consider when choosing the right anti-ageing serum for you. We’ve put together a few pointers to help you choose the perfect option to suit your skin.
Many anti-ageing serums target a number of signs of ageing, but some focus on specific areas of concern. Your skin type will also have a big impact on the type of serum you should choose, so let's take a closer look at what to look for and avoid based on your unique needs.
Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, is a magical ingredient that not only speeds up cell renewal, but also boosts the production of collagen. It is often found in anti-ageing skincare as it is highly beneficial when treating a variety of skin problems that naturally appear as we age.
The reason it is so well loved in the skincare world is due to the fact that it helps to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage and even dark spots, helping to heal existing damage and prevent further damage.
Plant acids such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) are known as chemical exfoliants, and can gently slough off the dull outer layers of damaged skin to reveal fresher, newer skin underneath.
These natural ingredients include ascorbic acid (vitamin C), glycolic, and salicylic acid which can also help in removing age spots and evening out skin tone. If you have acne-prone skin, ingredients such as vitamin C are also particularly helpful as the gentle exfoliation action helps keep pores unblocked.
Inflammatory conditions in the skin are one of the leading causes of skin ageing. Ingredients such as vitamin E, also known as tocopherol acetate, can help calm your skin and reduce redness and inflammation.
Vitamin E in particular can also help protect your skin from pollution and UV damage, making it a valuable addition to any anti-ageing serum.
Hyaluronic acid is one of the best-known super-moisturising ingredients found in skincare for all ages, but especially products for mature skin due to to its plumping effect, and the fact that skin tends to become drier as we age.
It can also absorb up to 1000 times its own weight in water, which means that it can lock down moisture in your skin, leaving it smoother and better hydrated!
There are a number of anti-ageing serums specifically formulated for sensitive skin, and these will generally be fragrance-free and or hypoallergenic formulations. It is best to check the description before you buy if this is something that matters to you. You can also consider leaving out common chemical additives such as SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) and parabens if you've noticed a reaction to these before.
Another ingredient that you may wish to avoid is retinol. The previous mentioned vitamin A derivative can irritate sensitive skin, so be careful before applying. Additionally, vitamin C can also prove to be a problem at high doses for some people, so this may be one to opt out of as well - or to be used in low doses.
We all have our preferences when it comes to skincare products and how we apply them. Some of us prefer a thick cream, while others prefer a more water based serum. There are a range of different formats of serum to cater to all tastes, the clue to which lies in the packaging.
Thicker formulations tend to be favoured by those with thirstier complexions and are usually sold in tubes or, more commonly, pump bottles. These products can be smoothed on to the skin and are likely to have a gloriously rich consistency that hydrates and plumps up your skin.
While jars and tubes may lead to a little more product wastage, they are easy to use and obtain product from. Pump bottles have the added benefit of being able to control the amount of product dispensed, so are an even better choice.
Dropper or pipette bottles hold the lighter serums that are most suitable for those with oily or sensitive skin.
The dropper allows you to control the amount of serum dispensed and a little goes a long way, so there is little wastage with these products. This also makes them a good pick for those new to serums.
Now that we’ve highlighted a few key ingredients and pointers, it’s time to look at the very best anti-ageing serums on the market, all available to add to your basket right now!
|Key Ingredients||Hyaluronic acid, black tourmaline, collagen|
|Action||Erases damage, adds firmness, energises skin|
|Key Ingredients||Marine-based active ingredients, algae|
|Action||Erases damage, fine lines and wrinkles|
|Fragrance-free/ Hypoallergenic||SLS- and paraben-free|
|Key Ingredients||Hyaluronic acid|
|Key Ingredients||Retinol, hyaluronic acid, peptides, vitamin A|
|Action||Repairs damage, promotes skin renewal, improves skin tone, reduces hyperpigmentation|
|Volume||50ml or 30ml|
|Key Ingredients||Retinyl palmitate, hyaluronic acid, antioxidant complex|
|Action||Erases damage, adds firmness, protects|
|Fragrance-free/ Hypoallergenic||Fragrance-free, hypoallergenic|
|Key Ingredients||Hyaluronic acid|
|Action||Tightens skin, restores elasticity, hydrates|
|Key Ingredients||Plant proteins, hyaluronic acid, AHA, BHA|
|Action||Increases firmness, improves skin elasticity, hydrates|
|Fragrance-free/ Hypoallergenic||SLS- and paraben-free|
|Key Ingredients||Amino-peptide complex, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid|
|Action||Exfoliates, smooths, and brightens|
|Key Ingredients||Vitamin C, ferulic acid, vitamin E|
|Action||Increases firmness, plumps skin, protects from damage|
|Fragrance-free/ Hypoallergenic||Fragrance-free, paraben-free|
|Key Ingredients||Narrow leaf plantain, harungana, vitamin E|
|Action||Tightens skin, reduces hyperpigmentation|
Super Restorative Serum
C E Ferulic Serum
Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum
Intensive Age-Diffusing Serum
Bio-Performance Lift Dynamic Serum
Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum
Youth Concentrate Supreme Age-Defying Serum
Revitalift Laser Renew Serum
The Regenerating Serum
Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Serum
Restores Skin's Appearance Using Natural Plant Extracts
A Long-Lasting Treatment That Plumps, Repairs and Protects
An Ultra-Light Serum That Smooths, Brightens and Exfoliates
A Plant-Based Serum For Drier, Dull Skin
A Dermatologically-Tested Serum That Restores Skin Elasticity
For Radiant, Younger-Looking Skin in 2 Weeks
Tackles All Visible Signs of Ageing With Retinol Power
A Lightweight Pathway to Smoother Skin
The Luxury Anti-Ageing Serum
Effective Skin Repair in a Handy Pump Bottle
|Volume||30ml||30ml||50ml||30ml||30ml||50ml or 30ml||30ml||30ml||30ml||30ml|
|Key Ingredients||Narrow leaf plantain, harungana, vitamin E||Vitamin C, ferulic acid, vitamin E||Amino-peptide complex, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid||Plant proteins, hyaluronic acid, AHA, BHA||Hyaluronic acid||Retinyl palmitate, hyaluronic acid, antioxidant complex||Retinol, hyaluronic acid, peptides, vitamin A||Hyaluronic acid||Marine-based active ingredients, algae||Hyaluronic acid, black tourmaline, collagen|
|Action||Tightens skin, reduces hyperpigmentation||Increases firmness, plumps skin, protects from damage||Exfoliates, smooths, and brightens||Increases firmness, improves skin elasticity, hydrates||Tightens skin, restores elasticity, hydrates||Erases damage, adds firmness, protects||Repairs damage, promotes skin renewal, improves skin tone, reduces hyperpigmentation||Skin-plumping, smoothing||Erases damage, fine lines and wrinkles||Erases damage, adds firmness, energises skin|
|Fragrance-free/ Hypoallergenic||Paraben-free||Fragrance-free, paraben-free||-||SLS- and paraben-free||-||Fragrance-free, hypoallergenic||Paraben-free||-||SLS- and paraben-free||-|
Now that you have a place in your skincare regime for an anti-ageing serum, it might be time to think about what other products might may make a great addition to your skincare line. Need not look far, we have a number of other recommendations on offer to help you choose!
Anti-ageing serums can be a total game-changer in your skincare routine, offering not only to replenish your skin's vitality and sooth a whole host of skin related problems, but also work to prevent future damage. We hope that this guide will help you in your quest for the perfect anti-ageing serum to suit your skin!
Author: Sonata Winchester
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