Apr 26, 2024 | Blog


Dr Naomi McCullum

Cosmetic Doctor, Student Cosmetic Chemist. Founder, Dr Naomi Skin and The Manse Clinics.


Your skin is your largest organ, so it only makes sense that you need to prioritise and maintain a proactive skincare routine. Of course, aging is inevitable, but with proper care and the right skincare ingredients, you can be well on your way to looking youthful and glowing.

So let’s learn how to pause that button with these preventative ingredients that will help you retain your skin for the longest time possible so that you can age gracefully like a fine wine.

With so many ingredients available, it can be difficult to know which ones to use. Here, we’ve rounded up the top 7 skincare ingredients for anti-ageing, so that you can look your best and ensure that your skin is well protected. But before you run to our clinic and buy all of our recommended MUST HAVES all at once, make sure you know which ones work best for your skin type!

Read on to learn more:


1. Retinol

Retinol is a form of vitamin A and is one of the most effective ingredients if you want to have that flawless and youthful looking complexion. It helps to stimulate collagen production, which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It’s a potent antioxidant that helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin tone and texture, reduces the appearance of dark spots (such as age spots), and even helps reduce acne breakouts.

Retinol can also help prevent premature aging by stimulating collagen production–the protein that keeps your skin firm and elastic. When you’re younger, this process happens naturally with each cell division, however as we age our bodies produce less collagen which results in loose skin that appears saggy or wrinkled.

If you’re looking for a multi-level serum packed with retinol goodness, we have our Vitamin Amen Ultimate A Serum for the ultimate anti-aging, brightening and skin rejuvenation. Say bye-bye to wrinkles and hello to newly nourished skin! Our serum is also available in eco-friendly refills so you’re also helping out our planet Earth!

2. Vitamin C

The holy grail of all vitamins, it’s vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect your skin from free radical damage. It can also help to stimulate collagen production, which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

It’s often used to treat acne, sun damage and wrinkles but can also be beneficial for other skin problems like age spots, sagging skin and discoloration (say less)!

To put it in technical terms, vitamin C comes in two forms: L-ascorbic acid and its derivatives. Both are effective at brightening hyperpigmentation but only L-ascorbic acid is effective at reducing fine lines/wrinkles on its own. However, when combined with vitamin E or ferulic acid it becomes even more potent!

The best way to use vitamin C is as a serum, which can be applied after cleansing and toning. If you have sensitive skin, however, it’s advisable to start with the lowest concentration first.

Speaking of vitamin C, how about our best seller C-Bright with superior penetration with a unique lightweight and elegant texture.

3. Hyaluronic acid

Despite its deceiving name, hyaluronic acid is not what you might think acid is. Even though it has ‘acid’ in its name, it does not burn, sting or irritate the skin. It is a naturally occurring substance that helps to keep your skin hydrated and dewy, giving you a boost of much needed moisture. 

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that’s found in the body. It’s part of the connective tissue and helps to keep moisture in your skin, which keeps it looking healthy and youthful. Hyaluronic acid can also be used as an injectable filler to plump up fine lines or wrinkles on the face by adding volume back into them.

Unfortunately, as we age, the concentration and molecular weight of hyaluronic acid decreases.

1. Because of this, this miracle ingredient is often found in many anti-aging serums, moisturisers and other skincare products. 

Think of it as an instant skin refill of hydration. It is able to hold up to 1000 times its molecular weight in water!

2. It’s able to penetrate the skin and binds water to skin cells, providing all layers of the skin with much needed moisture. 

Our plumping masterpiece also known as Plump Fiction, is the perfect anti-aging moisturiser that is formulated with hyaluronic acid to improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you want a product that delivers REAL results, this is the one to add to your skincare routine.

4. Peptides

Peptides are a group of proteins that help to keep your skin looking young. They can be found in many foods, such as eggs and milk, but they’re also used in skincare products because they have similar effects on the skin. As we age, our collagen proteins in our skin break down, which is what causes wrinkles and fine lines. Most peptide products aim to increase and restore the amount of collagen your cells produce to give back to your skin to have a smoother and healthier complexion. 

Peptides work by stimulating collagen production in the dermis layer of your skin (the middle layer). When this happens, wrinkles and fine lines will start to fade away! They also increase elastin production which helps plump up thinning lips or cheeks so they look fuller again – yay! And lastly peptides reduce inflammation caused by acne breakouts too.

In the world of skincare, hyaluronic acid is a superstar. It’s time to give back to your skin with our Care Factor Repairing Serum that includes scientifically proven calming peptide complex to help repair and enhance your skin’s barrier function!


5. Antioxidants

Anti-aging skincare ingredients are all about protecting your skin from damage. And what better ingredient to introduce you to than antioxidants! This special ingredient is one of the best ways to do this, as they can neutralise free radicals and stop them from causing damage to collagen and elastin fibers.

Antioxidants come in many forms, but most commonly they’re found in fruits and vegetables- and if you eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh produce, you’re already well on your way to getting enough antioxidants for optimal skin health! However, you can also incorporate antioxidants into your skincare routine.

The single biggest benefit antioxidants provide skin is their ability to fight free radical damage. Free radicals are compounds inside the body that are a byproduct of environmental stressors (including when the in-laws come to visit), which over time can result in the familiar signs of visible aging we are all too familiar with.   Antioxidants combat this free radical damage so your skin can remain younger and healthier looking.

Looking for the ultimate match to combat anti-aging? Swipe right with our Swipe Bright Brightening Super Oil that includes a gentle form of vitamin C to target uneven skin tone and fine lines.

6. Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a powerful ingredient to combat aging. It’s not just an ordinary vitamin B3, it can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines, dark spots and blemishes on all skin types. It works best when used with other antioxidants like vitamins C and E, but it also works well alone. Niacinamide has been shown to decrease inflammation in the body by suppressing overactive immune cells called mast cells that release histamine when you have allergies or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, niacinamide may be helpful if you have rosacea as well as other conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

It may also help reduce the look of sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Niacinamide has been shown to increase ceramide levels in your skin, which means it could be helpful for repairing barrier function and preventing water loss.

It also has anti-aging benefits, which could be why it’s often added to serums and moisturizers. Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 (niacin) that helps your body turn food into energy. It can also help reduce inflammation and improve the health of your skin cells.

Niacinamide is available in a variety of different forms, including creams and lotions. Speaking of products, have you heard of our best seller Walk of Shine AHA Brightening Cleanser? This luxe 3 in 1 pearlised gel cleanser and exfoliant is designed for effective cleansing and skin renewal, leaving you looking flawless.


7. Glycolic Acids

Glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which is a chemical exfoliant. It can be found in many over-the-counter anti-aging products and has been shown to improve skin tone and texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, lighten dark spots, and even out skin tone. It is also used to treat acne. Think of it as an all in one miracle ingredient!

Glycolic acid is an exfoliant that can be used as part of your daily skincare routine. It works by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, revealing new, healthy skin underneath. This helps your skin look brighter and smoother while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

We LOVE glycolic acid for her many superpowers, but it does take some getting used to, especially if you have sensitive skin. Common irritations include light stinging, redness and burning when you first introduce glycolic acid into your skincare routine. It’s super important, especially for us Aussie gals and guys to wear sunscreen everyday as it makes your skin more sensitive to UV rays. Dr Naomi’s One Night Stand AHA Overnight Facial is a highly powerful cream to add into your nightly routine that includes 15% glycolic acid that works to nourish and tighten your skin.


So are we ready to turn back the clock with some of our much loved superstar ingredients? Check out our skincare range to help give your skin that extra kick of a youthful boost!

Wrinkles and fine lines will be a fact of life. But we are able to prevent these as much as we can and dial down the appearance of lines and age spots. This is why it’s so important to choose quality skincare products and with our range of products, you’ll be able to look and feel your best!

All our products are vegan and we don’t use any ingredients of animal origin. Our products are proudly made in Australia using local and globally sourced ingredients.



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