No one wants to have a face full of wrinkles and dark circles. No matter how old we grow, we'll never admit it to ourselves that it's finally time to look our age. And we'll keep trying our level best to hide it from others too. Whenever manankind gets stuck in such a crisis, it is the anti-aging cream which makes its appearance as a heroic rescuer.

However, manufacturers are well aware of your secret desires. In order to increase the sale of their products, they lure you into believing that they have the Holy Grail of eternal youth. Moreover, anti-aging creams can have the adverse effects on your skin if not chosen wisely. It is important to do a thorough research and understand which ingredients are best suited for your aging skin.

The purpose of this post is to educate you about the best anti-aging ingredients you should always look for in a cream. So without further ado, here is the list:

Retinol

Rich in vitamin A, retinol is the most trusted ingredient when it comes to improving the texture of the skin, lightening the superficial brown spots, unclogging pores, and smoothing wrinkles. However, retinol is very strong in nature, and often causes irritation when brought in contact with direct sunlight. For best results, apply a retinol-based cream on dry skin during night and match it up by applying a moisturizer in the morning.

Hyaluronic Acid

What's the first thing that comes in mind when you hear the term ” acid “? Obviously it's something dangerous, abrasive and harsh. To your relief, hyaluronic acid is the exact opposite. It's reputation comes from its humectant quality. Due to this quality, hyaluronic acid can pull in moisture from the atmospheric air. A lotion which has hyaluronic acid is highly effective in adding to the rehydrating quality of the moisturizer.

Niacinamide

Dark spots are a very common occurrence resulting from sun damage and acne scars. And did I mention that it's a often seen facial feature during old age? A derivative of vitamin B3, Niacinamide is a wonder ingredient which prevails pigmentation or melanin from rising to the surface. Moreover, it helps in reducing acne and inflammation, enhance the collagen production, and improve the moisture barrier of the skin.

Avobenzone

One of the most popular and highly trusted skin care product these days is the broad-spectrum sunscreen which has a SPF 30 or a higher level. The reason behind this is avobenzone which is the main agent that blocks the harmful UVA rays of the sun. In order to prevent the skin from UVB rays, this ingredient is often paired with oxybenzone or benzophenone-3. For the best results, apply an avobenzone-based product before putting on any makeup or lotion.

L-ascorbic Acid

Have you ever heard of the term ” wild card “? Of course you have! It is something we generally associate with instability and extremely volatile nature. L-ascorbic acid (or vitamin C precisely) is the wild card ingredient when it comes to hiding your age. As it can become ineffective, extra measures are always taken to make sure that the product does not lose its efficiency. Always go for a skin care product which has L-ascorbic acid in the ingredient list as it is a powerful antioxidant which helps to lower skin inflammation, build collagen, and promote elasticity to plump up skin.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Tired of dead skin on your face? Then it's time to go with alpha hydroxy acids. Unlike the hyaluronic acid in nature, these acids are well-known as powerful exfoliators. Once you apply this ingredient on your skin, it starts dissolving the material that joins the surface skin cells. As a result, the dead cells get peeled away and you get your new, radiant and youthful looking skin. However, the skin care product must not have more than 8% alpha hydroxy acids; as a greater dose will make your skin extremely sensitive to the sun rays.

Therefore, it is important that you check the cosmetic labels of the skin care product you are buying. Make sure that the product has any one of these ingredients. Once you buy the right products, making yourself look younger will only become as easy as a ” walk in the park “.