Active ingredients in skin care products can help you choose the right anti-aging skin care products. Find out more about good and bad skin care chemicals and discover the best anti-aging skin care ingredients.


Fighting sun damage and improving moisture, these hydrop acids are some of the best anti-aging skin care ingredients. Use AHAs for normal-to-dry skin and BHAs for normal-to-oily or simply go for a product that has both, like the Clinicians Complex Renewal AHA/BHA Body Lotion.

Vitamin C

Help stimulate the collagen production with one of the best ant-aging skin care products, like the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Serum.


Derived from vitamin A, retinol is one of the good skin care ingredients and it helps reduce wrinkles, fine lines and improves skin tone. Try the Retinol X Anti-Aging Cream Cleanser before moving on to stronger, prescription-only products.

Best Anti Aging Skin Care IngredientsRetinol X Anti Aging Cream Cleanser

CoEnzyme Q-10

One of the best anti-aging skin care ingredients, CoQ-10 fights free radicals and reduces fine lines, especially around the eyes. Go for a product with excellent anti-aging skin care reviews, like the High Concentrate Coenzyme Q10 Moisture Cream.

Vitamin E

As important as vitamin C in protecting your cells from radical damage, vitamin E is one of the anti-aging skin care ingredients that can be listed under a lot of different names, including tocopheryl acetate, tocopheryl linoleate, tocotrienols, alpha tocopherol and tocopheryl succinate. If you're not sure if anti-aging skin care products contain it, go for a clearly labelled product, like The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum.

Hyaluronic Acid

Used for reducing the signs of aging, hyaluronic acid is used in many anti-aging skin care products, but it's always best to know if it's one of the active ingredients in skin care products by choosing a product that features it in its name, like the Dr. WU Hydrating System Intensive Hydrating Gel with Hyaluronic Acid.

Innisfree Green Tea Eco Natural Green Tea Bb Cream Spf29Dr. Wu Hydrating System Intensive Hydrating Gel With Hyaluronic Acid

Green Tea Extract

Full of antioxidants, green tea extract is also listed as EGCG on packaging. Try the Innisfree Green Tea Eco Natural Green Tea BB Cream SPF29 for great results.

Bad Skin Care Ingredients

When you're looking for the best anti-aging skin care ingredients, don't forget also to be careful and avoid bad skin care ingredients. Called, the Toxic 12, these are the most dangerous ingredients you should avoid: Benzoyl Peroxide, DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) and TEA (Triethanolamine), Dioxin (found in triclosan, emulsifiers, PEGs and ethoxylated cleansers), DMDM Hydantoin and Urea, FD&C Color and Pigments, Parabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl), PEG (Polyethylene glycol), Phthalates, Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), certain sunscreen ingredients (avobenzone, benzphenone, ethoxycinnamate, PABA), and Triclosan.

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