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It would be impossible to cover absolutely every ingredient that you may find in an anti-aging serum. This is because companies go to great lengths to try and ensure that their concoction is as unique as possible for legal purposes. However, it is likely that you will find that some ingredients pop up more than others and most importantly, as it turns out, it is these common ingredients that offer the most benefits for your skin. At www.departmentexpress.com we have put together a list of these ingredients, some of which you can even find in your own home!


The job of these ingredients will be to ensure that the skin is nice and smooth. You will find AHA used in products for normal to dry skin. You will use BHA found in products for oily skin. Both do pretty much the same job. They just go about it in a slightly different way.


The purpose of retinol is to help your skin cells rejuvenate themselves. Basically, retinol encourages the skin cells that you have to multiply into healthier skin cells. At the same time, the retinol will help to boost your collagen production which will make you look fantastic! It is retinol which often helps people to get that more youthful-looking skin.

Vitamin C

If you care about the way that you look, then it is likely that you will already know of the impact that vitamin C has on your skin. Its main job (and this has been scientifically proven) is to help boost the amount of collagen your skin produces. This helps to reduce wrinkles, as well as ensure that your skin is a touch more flexible. In other cases, it is great for reducing discoloration in your skin. Basically, vitamin C is going to be important when it comes to anti-aging. While you should always be working incredibly hard to ensure that you get as much vitamin C as possible into your diet, we also recommend that you opt for anti-aging serums which have it inside. Always nice to get a bit of an extra boost!

Vitamin E

Vitamin E has a number of jobs in your serum. Its main job will be to protect your skin cells. It will stop them from suffering from oxidative damage which reduces the appearance of ‘age’. However, it will also work alongside Vitamin C to boost collagen production and repair your skin cells.

It is likely that Vitamin E will not be listed as Vitamin E on the product label. Instead, it is likely going to be listed as tocopheryl.


This is part of Vitamin B3. The job of this ingredient is to ensure that moisture stays locked into your skin cells. In some cases, it can also be used to lighten up dark patches of your skin. However, it is very rarely used for that.

Green Tea

If you want to look brilliant, then you should be drinking Green Tea on a daily basis. However, did you know that it also works wonders as an ingredient in your anti-aging serum? It is an antioxidant which helps to kick free radicals out of your system. It helps to boost collagen production and protect your skin from damage!


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