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Ironed Out: Anti-Ageing Ingredients

Doctors and skin care experts shed light on the scientific ingredients that keep time on your side
By: Sarah Dancer

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By: Sarah Dancer
Anti-Ageing Ingredients
Ironed Out

Anti-Ageing Ingredients

Doctors and skin care experts shed light on the scientific ingredients that keep time on your side

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We've all banked the buzzwords - but how do our go-to time-halting heroes actually function as fountains of youth? Here, we consult beauty experts and the brains behind our doctor-led brands to smooth out the science behind the best anti-ageing ingredients - and advise on how to work them into your routine.


I like to think of retinol as the ultimate multi-tasking nutrient for the skin, making it a must-have in any routine

Dr Anita Sturnham, Decree founder

"Retinoids work at a deep cellular level, helping to boost collagen and elastin production, reduce cellular ageing, reduce pore congestion and regulate sebum production, whilst also stabilising pigment and acting as an anti-inflammatory. Treat Tincture is our hero anti-ageing serum, designed to deliver a modern form of vitamin A – Granactive Retinoid – into the deeper skin layers while you sleep. This ingredient works best at night and is a multitasking magician when it comes to skin health, improving texture, tone, pigment, pore size, collagen and elasticity. Avoid layering with: Benzoyl Peroxide – it cancels out retinol; AHA/BHAs, which can over-dry and irritate; use Vitamin C with caution.

Vitamin C

A natural exfoliant, vitamin C helps increase cell turnover when used regularly – a function which slows as skin ages

Victoria Schofield, Digital Education Executive at Dermalogica

"An antioxidant like Vitamin C – when potent enough in a product – performs a firming and defending action. BioLumin-C Serum is formulated with advanced technology to deliver more Vitamin C into skin, outperforming other Vitamin C products (including those formulated at higher concentrations)."

Avoid layering with: Other acids (Glycolic, Salicylic, Lactic, AHA/BHAs), or Benzoyl Peroxide – these reduce Vitamin C's efficacy and can cause irritation.


A revolutionary ingredient for clients who look for natural solutions in skin care

Joanna Vargas, Celebrity Facialist, Joanna Vargas salon and brand founder and Author of "Glow From Within"

"I am really into Galactoarabinan, which is derived from the larch tree. It causes more cell turnover than glycolic or lactic acid, but unlike acids – which can be irritating and tricky to use daily – Galactoarabinan is also an anti-inflammatory. Therefore, you get the benefit from all that cell turnover without the risk of redness! I also love it as a natural solution for uneven pigment and sun damaged skin - a staple ingredient in my anti-ageing creams and serums."

Hyaluronic Acid

A single gram of this wonder ingredient can hold up to six litres of water

Roy Clark, Liberty Beauty Sales Manager

"Hyaluronic Acid is loved by our skin because it is naturally occurring in the body. It assists in binding hydration to the skin's cell structure in order to keep it hydrated – but its production can be impacted by modern life and the natural ageing process. Luckily, it's also a versatile ingredient and can be incorporated into your routine in a number of ways – although I recommend sticking to one topical hyaluronic acid product, as overkill can have the adverse effect and result in areas of dryness."

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Need help with your anti-ageing routine? Our beauty experts Roy, Deborah and Katerina are on hand for bespoke tips and advice. Book in for a complimentary appointment, virtually or in-store.

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