8 Must-Have Trendy Ingredients To Look For In Your Anti-Aging Face Creams

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Europeans have always been great at taking care of their skin and finding ways to keep it looking young. They love using natural stuff that really works. From beautiful places like France to the mountains, they’ve found some awesome ingredients that make skin feel fresh and young.

Let’s check out eight of these special ingredients that are super popular in Europe right now, and find out why they are the currently the most trendy age-deifying ingredients of our time.

1. Hyaluronic Acid

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Hyaluronic acid is a first-rate humectant, which means it attracts and draws moisture towards itself. It’s fascinating to think that Hyaluronic acid can actually hold 1000 times its weight in water.

When I use hyaluronic acid in a DIY moisturizer, it acts like a magnet, drawing moisture to your skin. This has a ‘plumping’ effect on the skin, meaning skin is softer and smoother. This plumping effect can also help to ease the appearance of fine lines when the product is used regularly.

2. Vitamin C

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Vitamin C (which is also known as ascorbic acid), is fast becoming a powerhouse ingredient in anti-aging face creams, and not without good reason. It’s one of the most researched ingredients in skincare, and the findings so far have been very impressive.

Vitamin C is a formidable antioxidant that can help to neutralize free radicals that often cause damage to the skin. It has been found to stimulate collagen production, helping with elasticity and firmness of the skin. As we age, many of us will notice dark spots. Regular use of face cream or serum containing vitamin C can fade these dark spots, giving a brighter, more youthful appearance.

3. Marine Collagen

Eco-friendly cosmetics based on natural Marine Collagen

Marine collagen is a protein sourced from fish. It is classed as type 1 collagen, which means it has the highest and most efficient absorption rate than any other collagen on the market. Marine collagen is usually sourced from the leftover fish parts that would usually be thrown away, so it is considered environmentally friendly.

Using anti-aging creams containing marine collagen will help stimulate the body’s own production of collagen, which in the long term can improve the skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Marine collagen also has excellent skin hydration properties, so it can give a warmer, more glowing complexion.

4. Retinoids

Woman applying serum on her face with pipette

Retinoids are highly effective ingredients in skincare recipes; they work by gently exfoliating the skin to increase cell turnover. This stimulates collagen production, which in turn can improve the appearance and health of the skin. As we age, the skin turnover of cell production gets slower, resulting in a buildup of some dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. This can make the skin look dull, rough, and uneven.

By increasing cell turnover, retinoids can help to remove the dead skin cells, revealing fresh, healthy skin cells underneath. This can often result in smoother, more even skin texture, as well as a brighter, more radiant complexion. Increased cell turnover can also stimulate collagen production, which can help improve skin firmness and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

5. Coenzyme Q10

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This is an ingredient that has been on and off trend for years. Coenzyme Q10 (which is also known as ubiquinone), is a naturally occurring compound that can be found in every cell of the human body. It is often included in anti-aging creams due to its abundance of antioxidant properties that benefit skin health by protecting it from toxins and pollution.

Apart from neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidative damage to the skin, coenzyme Q10 boosts cell turnover, removing dry, dead skin cells and bringing fresh new cells to the surface. It also has great moisturizing properties, hydrating the skin and plumping it out to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

6. Niacinamide (vitamin B3)

Beautiful woman holding a pipette in her hand with serum containing niacinamide

Niacinamide is another ingredient that has exploded in popularity among consumers worldwide. It is a naturally occurring compound found in the body. It’s a versatile ingredient that offers some great benefits for the skin, including brightening and hydrating dry, dull skin.

When used in an anti-aging cream, it can brighten the skin by fading age spots and preventing them with regular use of a cream containing it. Niacinamide has also been shown to stimulate blood flow, resulting in more collagen production and firmer, smoother-looking skin.

7. Ceramides

Woman applying hyaluronic serum sash

These are types of lipid molecules that we produce naturally in the skin’s outer layer ( stratum corneum). They play an important role in preserving the skin’s barrier function. They keep the skin hydrated and help other key ingredients penetrate the skin more effectively. So, if you have hyaluronic acid in the cream or serum, ceramides will improve its effectiveness.

On product ingredient labels, ceramides are usually listed as ceramide along with a number such as NP, AP, or EOP. But they may also be listed as sphingolipid or sphingosine.

8. Peptides

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Peptides are short chains of amino acids. They are essentially small fragments of a larger protein. Our skin’s building blocks, such as collagen, elastin, and keratin, are all made up of proteins that consist of peptides. As we age, our body breaks down these proteins more rapidly.

Face Serums containing peptides can encourage collagen production, firming the skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. They often have muscle-relaxing qualities, which work to combat expression lines and wrinkles that are caused by repeated facial movements.

What to look for in the ingredient list

Peptides can often be listed as several different peptides or individually listed by their trade names. I’ve listed some of the best peptides to look out for in an anti-aging cream. You may want to write these down and take them with you, as they are not easy to remember!

  • Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (Pal-GHK) and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7:
  • Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 (Matrixyl Synthe’6)
  • Copper peptide (natural or synthetic)
  • Hexapeptide-11 sourced from yeast fermentation,
  • Plant-based collagen extracted from plants
  • Silk protein sourced from silkworms
  • Lupin protein extracted from the lupin plant

Author: Angela Wills

Title: Founder and Author - Savvy Homemade

Expertise: Beauty Recipes, Skincare Formulation, Soapmaking, DIY Crafts, Parenting


Angela Wills is an author, founder, and the driving force behind Savvy Homemade. With over fifteen years of experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to every post she writes. She is fearlessly dedicated to creating tried and tested beauty recipes, skincare formulations, soap recipes, and many other DIY crafts that will work for everyone. Angela has a Diploma in Skincare Formulation, is a proud member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, and infuses each DIY product with her passion and expertise.

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