Dr Tanya's Go-To Anti-Ageing Skincare Ingredients

Written by: Rebecca Eaton



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Embarking on the journey of ageing gracefully doesn’t mean surrendering to every line and wrinkle without a fight, right? 

At Dr Tanya Skincare, we firmly believe that everyone should celebrate the beauty of their unique skin, especially as it evolves with time. However, we also believe there’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking proactive steps to embrace the timeless secrets of various clinically proven and time-tested ingredients to help slow down the inevitable signs of ageing. 

Curious to unveil our favourite anti-ageing skincare ingredients? Continue reading as we delve into the world of youth-preserving ingredients — because your skin deserves the best in every stage of life! 

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1. Sunscreen

We bet you didn’t see this one coming. While many still fail to recognise sunscreen as a non-negotiable part of their daily skincare ritual, it is arguably the most crucial step in your AM protocol. Believe it or not, sun exposure is responsible for up to 80% of the visible signs of facial ageing. 

When focusing on anti-ageing skincare ingredients, it’s best to focus on prevention over cure. As such, start incorporating a quality broad-spectrum SPF50+ into your daily ritual…we promise your skin will thank you for it! 

The quick facts:

  • Sunscreen reduces UV light exposure from damaging your other skincare products (i.e., impacting their efficacy).  
  • Sunscreen protects your skin from UV damage. 
  • Sunscreen supports cell regeneration, which reduces the onset of wrinkles and pigmentation. 
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2. Retinol

Anti-ageing skincare ingredients and retinol tend to be used synonymously, and there’s a good reason for it. Hailed as the holy grail of anti-ageing ingredients, retinol is shown to help stimulate cell turnover and increase your skin’s natural collagen production. As we age, our collagen production naturally declines, which inevitably contributes to wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin.

However, it’s important to note that retinol quality varies across brands, from the formula to the strength. As such, we recommend consulting your skincare professional before adding this to your skincare lineup! 

Fun fact: At Dr Tanya Skincare, quite a few of our products contain Retinyl Palmitate, a more gentle yet effective Vitamin A derivative ideal for sensitive skin. If you’re looking to try retinol for the first time, we recommend using one (or all) of the following products:

Did you know? Like most good things, Retinol isn’t without its shortcomings. Unfortunately, this ingredient, while rich in benefits, is highly sensitive to oxidation, resulting in decreased efficacy when it comes into contact with air, sunlight, acidic conditions, and more. The solution? CelluCap™. 

CelluCap™ is a stabilised form of pure Retinol that has been microencapsulated to help improve the efficacy and shelf life of the formula. When applied to the face in a rubbing motion, CelluCap™ retinol is effortlessly released, ensuring it remains potent and undamaged.

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3. Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a topical form of Vitamin B3 widely known for its skin brightening, hydrating, and anti-ageing properties. Let’s take a closer look at its benefits:

  • It improves skin hydration by reducing moisture loss from the skin. 
  • It’s a natural anti-inflammatory, meaning it’s great for calming sensitive or easily irritated skin. 
  • It helps to prevent the physical signs of ageing by increasing collagen production.

In fact, multiple clinical studies have found topical niacinamide is one of the more highly beneficial anti-ageing skincare ingredients — including a reduction in the appearance of hyperpigmented spots, red blotches, skin sallowness, and fine lines and wrinkles and an improvement in skin elasticity. 

Our Top Picks: 

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4. Vitamin C

If you’ve been researching anti-ageing skincare ingredients for some time, you’ve no doubt heard about Vitamin C’s undeniable benefits — the potent antioxidant warrior working hard to help protect your skin from UV and free radical damage, while supporting collagen production

Let’s take a closer look at how and why this game-changing ingredient deserves a spot in your anti-ageing skincare regime:

  • As an antioxidant, Vitamin C plays an important role in reducing oxidative stress by helping to neutralise free radicals in the body. Oxidative stress often leads to premature skin ageing and is characterised by dull-looking skin. 
  • With age, our body’s natural production of collagen declines, which is often closely followed by the physical signs of ageing as collagen is responsible for giving our skin elasticity and firmness. As such, adequate collagen plays an important role in reducing the onset of lines and wrinkles and maintaining skin volume and elasticity. What exactly does this have to do with Vitamin C? Not only is Vitamin C an essential component of collagen production in skin cells, but its antioxidant properties help protect your skin from free radicals, which are known to wreak havoc on the cells responsible for producing essential skin components like collagen. 

Our Top Pick: Dr Tanya’s Super C Serum (NEW!), designed to deliver concentrated antioxidant protection to support collagen synthesis, skin tone and brightening, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. 

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5. Hyaluronic Acid 

You may know of hyaluronic acid owing to its potent skin-hydrating benefits. However, you may not know that it is also one of the most effective anti-ageing benefits. 

Let’s take a closer look at how hyaluronic acid can help slow down the clock:

Our Top Pick: Dr Tanya’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum (NEW!) to help you achieve optimal skin hydration, plumpness, and smoothness. 

Fun fact — Our Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains the incredible ingredient, Hylamesh 4D, renowned for its unique four-dimensional hyaluronic delivery network. Characterised as a medium to high-viscosity liquid, Hylamesh 4D combines the lightweight and easily penetrable nature of hyaluronic acid with the remarkable water-binding capacity of high molecular polymer to deeply nourish and moisturise the skin.