The Ultimate Ingredient List for Younger-Looking Skin

Everyone is susceptible to thinning, crepey skin as they age. Luckily, there are certain skin-care ingredients, commonly found in creams, lotions and serums, that can help improve the look and feel of your skin. We broke down the meaning of them all, so you know exactly what to look for and how they really work.

Alphahydroxy Acids

Besides brightening skin, AHAs like glycolic acid help repair collagen and bring new skin cells to the surface.

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Ceramides

Naturally found in skin, ceramides lock in water so moisture doesn’t escape.

Glycerin

With its slick feel, glycerin draws on water in the air to lock it into your skin, which is why these work best on damp skin.

Hyaluronic Acid

This ingredient helps to lock in moisture by attracting water to the area and plumping up the skin.

Peptides

Peptides promote collagen production, which leads to stronger, firmer and smoother skin.

Petrolatum

Superthick—it’s in a lot of moisturizers—petrolatum keeps moisture in the skin by creating a seal of sorts.

Retinol

Whether you use an over-the-counter or prescription-strength version, this vitamin A derivative thickens skin.

Shea Butter

An intense moisturizer, shea butter is loaded with essential fatty acids that keep skin hydrated and pliable.

Urea

It works to thicken skin, address changes in skin texture and exfoliate, too.

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