If there’s one thing I am totally OBSESSED with (and have been for years), it’s discovering how to have youthful, glowing skin for basically the rest of my life.
Seriously, I am so passionate about achieving that youthful glow and I’m always looking for the next best skincare product, ingredient, or makeup item to help me achieve that.
Out of all my years of research, I have discovered 7 main ingredients that you NEED to make sure is in your skincare if you want that youthful, glowing complexion. These ingredients all have anti-aging benefits AND they make your skin glow. But not in the oily way, if you know what I mean.
So, let’s break down these ingredients.
Hyaluronic acid can attract up to 1000 times its weight in water. Ummm, whoa. Which means it is a key molecule involved in retaining skin hydration and plays a pivotal role in the ageing process.
According to SheFinds, “Hyaluronic Acid is great in skincare products for intense hydration. The ingredient attracts and retains water for long-lasting nourishment and hydration. Whether you have dry skin or are looking to plump your complexion, Hyaluronic Acid is the right product to use.”
“As a topical [product], as long as it is in the right formulation, it will make the skin appear more dewy and younger because it improves skin elasticity,” says Dr. Kavita Mariwalla, a dermatologist in New York City and the founder of Mariwalla Dermatology.
You want to know something even more crazy?
I’ve recently discovered high-powered hyaluronic acid. And this stuff retains hydration FIFTY TIMES more than the standard hyaluronic acid on the market. Um, yes, please.
This European style cream cleanser contains this product, and it even triples as a hydrating mask. Yes, triples.
It removes makeup, cleanses the skin, and acts as a hydrating mask. I will take it.
Seriously, I love using the Bellame Hydrating Cleanser as a quick mask in the morning. It’s so soothing and my skin always feels hydrated afterwards! Definitely a key to youthful, glowing skin.
So, here’s the thing. According to this source, like hyaluronic acid, collagen is present in the body. Collagen is a protein present in all the body’s organs and tissues. It provides the matrix that sustains the body’s structure. It’s main focus is to sustain tendons, skin and cartilage. It provides integrity, firmness and elasticity to their structures.
“We lose roughly one percent of our collagen every year starting at age twenty”, Dr Murad tells us. “The more collagen we lose, the more fine lines and wrinkles appear”. What else causes loss of collagen? “Smoking, high sugar foods and sunlight can all cause the level of collagen our bodies produce to deplete, speeding up the signs of ageing,” Degville says.
So while all the bad stuff reduces elasticity in skin, using products with collagen can help build it back up. And according to this source, “By using these, you stimulate the synthesis of new collagen production and as a result minimise the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines. Collagen encourages the renewal of cells and minimises facial muscle contraction, which is responsible for the development of wrinkles. The result is firmer, plumper, more youthful looking skin”.
However, most topical collagen creams on the market actually do not contain molecules small enough to penetrate the dermis layer of the skin. Even though this is where you actually need it.
Marine Collagen, however, is broken down and small enough to penetrate the skin and plump the surface. If you find the right one, it is derived from seaweed and packed with vitamins, amino acids and enzymes, which ultimately helps boost firmness and elasticity.
This moisturizer contains marine collagen and I’m absolutely obsessed. I use it morning and night! It’s the only moisturizer I’ve ever used that I’ve been able to use for both AM and PM. It sinks right into the skin, but still feels super hydrating! It also doubles as a makeup primer. Which we LOVE.
Obviously we need this for youthful skin, you know?
According to this source, Vitamin C is the perfect skincare ingredient for women of all ages! Products containing it can help you glow… literally. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that stimulates collagen production, evening out spots and smoothing surface texture for an overall radiant look.
But for real, Vitamin C serums are like the Beyoncé of skin care—they’re basically flawless. Vitamin C is an antioxidant. It helps reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. It repairs sun damage. (And who knows, maybe it’s working on a follow-up to Lemonade.)
Like Beyoncé, vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) has its own loyal following. “I am a vitamin C junkie,” says Mona Gohara, M.D., associate clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine. “I think it’s like a LBD—it makes everyone look good.”
But if you want the queen of all Vitamin C, you need Vitamin C Ester.
I don’t know of another skincare brand that contains Vitamin C Ester, but BELLAME has taken the core premise of Vitamin C and, through its ester, crafted an ingredient that penetrates skin 50 times better, and is a powerful age-spot reducer. It’s a potent brightener — it reduces melanin synthesis by 80 percent, leaving the skin luminous and even-toned.
No wonder I’m obsessed. It gives me that youthful, radiant complexion I’m looking for.
Here’s the deal with niacinamide. It’s is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin to help visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and a weakened surface.
But niacinamide doesn’t stop there! According to this source, it also reduces the damage environmental attack can cause. Left unchecked, this type of daily assault makes skin appear older, dull, and less radiant.
Another helpful benefit of niacinamide is that it can help renew and restore the surface of skin against moisture loss and dehydration. In fact, topical application of niacinamide has been shown to boost the hydrating ability of moisturizers so skin’s surface learns to become better at resisting moisture loss that leads to recurrent dry, tight, flaky skin.
Obviously, I had to check and make sure my fav skincare products that I. mentioned in the blog post about the best way to pamper yourself this Mother’s Day (or any time really) contain this powerhouse. And they DO!!
Malchite is known as the “botox of crystals,” so it’s no surprise to me that the serum I have been using for the last few months should be called “botox in a bottle.”
According to this source, Colleen McCann, the fashion stylist-turned-shaman who founded the buzzy digital brand, malachite‘s non-woo-woo uses include strengthening skin’s natural defenses, acting as an sun-exposure-recovery ingredient, being antioxidant-rich, and fighting free radicals. It also contains “a high copper content that stimulates collagen production, which improves skin elasticity and combats wrinkles,” she says (hence the Botox nickname – did you know it’s basically botox in a bottle?). It’s these properties that have led it to pop up in skin care like Tracie Martyn’s Complexion Savior and a number of Sisley products.
Ancient Egyptians discovered the beauty benefits in this stone long before any human would ever utter the word “antioxidant.” Used over 5,000 years ago, Egyptians harnessed the beautiful hues of Malachite extract to pigment eyeshadows. The gemstone itself was also worn by Egyptians for its healing powers, but interestingly enough they were just scratching the surface of what this powerful gem offered.
Talk about a gem of an ingredient! We love when nature meets science. While finding a high-quality skincare product with such a premium ingredient might not always be easy, it is well worth the search. I’m telling you… this serum is a God sent. Literally. Oh, and it also has Vitamin C Ester. Score.
Resveratrol is a potent polyphenolic antioxidant that’s found in red grapes, red wine, nuts, and fruits such as blueberries and cranberries. It’s relatively new on the market, but emerging research is showing that resveratrol is another antioxidant superhero for your skin.
According to this source, if applied topically, resveratrol helps protect skin’s surface, interrupts and helps rebuff negative environmental influences, and brightens a tired-looking complexion. It also has significant skin-calming properties that may help minimize the look of redness.
I have a super exciting announcement regarding a skincare product containing resveratrol soon! I’ve been using it the last month and I am IN LOVE.
Retinol (the technical term for vitamin A) has a long-established reputation as one of the most extraordinary ingredients for skin. It’s both a skin-restoring ingredient and an antioxidant, and provides multiple benefits for almost every skin care concern imaginable, from uneven skin tone, bumps, enlarged pores, rough surface texture, fine lines and wrinkles, and improving skin luminosity.
Retinol has been shown to improve skin’s resilience. Why is this important? It contributes to its overall feeling of firmness and more youthful, healthy appearance. Due to its anti-aging ability, retinol is a key ingredient to look for. That is, if you want to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and uneven skin tone.
And according to this source, retinol has an added benefit. It also has been shown to unclog congested pores and soften the appearance of the red areas that many people perceive as surface imperfections.
I am still testing out different retinol products, but so far, my favorite has been this Retinol Cream from Drunk Elephant. It leaves my skin super glowy and doesn’t cause any sort of irritation or dryness on my skin, which we LOVE.
So, that’s it! Those are my top 7 ingredients for youthful, glowing skin.
Are there any ingredients I missed?