7 anti-ageing ingredients you should know

Target your biggest skin concerns with the right ingredient

Beauty Crew Editor / May 25 2017

We get it – shopping for a new skincare buy can be confusing; but here are seven active ingredients that we can’t get enough of.

Ingredient: Coenzyme Q10

This special ingredient already exists in our bodies and is essential for cell production in skin. Specifically, your cells use this substance to produce energy, which your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. 

While many products boast this regenerative ingredient, you can actually find a higher concentration of Q10 in NIVEA Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearls. Applied twice daily, the serum can help replenish skin and leave it looking younger and more refreshed.


By encasing Coenzyme Q10 inside the protective pearls, it guarantees pure freshness with every single usage and results in an especially smooth-feeling skin.
Ken Lee
Skin Scientist

Ingredient: Hyaluronic acid

Naturally found in the skin, but declines with age, this super plumper has the ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in moisture. This means it can restore and retain hydration and leave skin looking plumper and smoother, meaning it’s a great ingredient to help immediately combat wrinkles.

Ingredient: Creatine

Creatine is created naturally by our bodies from amino acids and works to boost cell energy and help aid cell functions, most importantly in repairing skin and strengthening the defence mechanisms, meaning your skin will be more protected from environmental factors that can age you.

Ingredient: Niacinamide

Also known as vitamin B3, this multitasking anti-ageing ingredient can help improve elasticity, barrier function, and the tone and texture of skin. It also helps maintain water content in the skin and stimulates microcirculation to help leave skin looking and feeling soft and smooth.


Ingredient: Caffeine

Other than being a delicious cuppa in the morning, it’s also a great anti-inflammatory ingredient that can temporarily tighten the skin’s surface, leaving it soothed and calmer. A great ingredient to look out for in eye care.

Ingredient: Retinol

A derivative of vitamin A, over-the-counter retinol can help smooth skin and reduce fine lines, and even out pigmentation. You can find various concentrations of the ingredient in different products, so it’s best to start with a lower concentration if you’re just starting out with the ingredient, and gradually introduce the product to your routine.

Ingredient: Vitamin C

If a lack of radiance is your issue, vitamin C can help reduce dullness and increase skin luminosity. The ingredient can also help deal with dark spots and pigmentation, leaving skin more even.

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Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.