7 Key Anti-Aging Ingredients

Choosing products with the right anti-aging ingredients is essential to make the most out of your skincare needs and prolong the results of any anti-aging services! Youthful, healthy skin is a commitment, and while skin treatments can lead to beautiful results, you need to be consistent with your skincare to make those results last. Different skin types require different products, but if anti-aging is your concern, there are key ingredients you should be looking for. In this blog, we’re listing these key anti-aging ingredients and some of our favorite products.


Out of all of the anti-aging ingredients and products, SPF is the most important. UV rays damage our skin, which can lead to skin cancer, dark spots, and other signs of aging. In order to maintain younger-looking skin and preserve the results of a skincare service or routine, it’s essential to use sunscreen daily. Without regular sunscreen use, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever fully achieve your desired skincare goals. We recommend using sunscreen as the final step in your skincare routine and as the base of your makeup. 


Collagen is the main building block in your skin, muscles, bones, and other connective tissues. Collagen is key in anti-aging because as we get older, we tend to produce less collagen naturally. Finding topical products and supplements with collagen helps keep the skin from sagging and provides a plumper, more youthful look. 

Hyaluronic Acid

Hydration is a key element in maintaining a youthful glow, which makes hyaluronic acid a key anti-aging ingredient that is commonly found in skincare products. Hyaluronic acid is so effective because it is extremely good at helping the skin retain water. This allows the skin more flexibility while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acids are an excellent element in skin care for the delicate undereye area that can always benefit from added hydration. 


No matter our age, our skin is constantly regenerating, meaning that our new, fresh layers of skin are typically covered by old, dead skin cells. Retinol is one of the most potent anti-aging ingredients because it exfoliates, increases collagen and skin cell production, and helps unclog pores. Because this ingredient packs such a punch, we recommend you speak with a skincare professional to ensure you’re choosing a product with a retinol content that is well-matched to your skin type and needs. 

Ceramides and Peptides

Ceramides and peptides are both valuable anti-aging ingredients because they each have a unique benefit to the skin’s composition. Peptides contain short chains of amino acids, which contribute to making proteins that are vital in producing collagen. Ceramides are a type of naturally occurring fat that helps to retain moisture and strengthen the skin’s barrier. 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is well-known as a way to brighten the skin, but it is also a powerful anti-aging ingredient. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it fights off toxins that can damage the skin, leading to wrinkles and dark spots. Using Vitamin C topically doesn’t only help brighten the skin, but it can also slow early skin aging and improve the look of wrinkles. We love this cream by Zo Skin Health to protect and enhance the appearance of the skin. 

To help you get started with some safe and effective anti-aging products, we’re offering 20% off the Firming Serum by Zo Skin Health. This serum is packed with a multitude of anti-aging ingredients, while its lightweight and tolerable formulation is safe for all skin types and sensitive skin areas. A 24-week independent third-party clinical study found an increase in hydration as well as a visible improvement in the skin’s elasticity and firmness.

If you have questions about which anti-aging ingredients will help maintain the youthful glow of your skin, O’Neill Plastic Surgery is here for you. From skin treatments to a full range of the highest quality skin care, we are a one-stop destination for all your skincare needs. If you have any questions about the products in this blog or need personalized guidance based on specific skincare concerns, our team is available to help! Find more details on our website or by giving us a call at (843) 881-2130.

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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