These days, we have over a million and one skincare products on the shelves that all make different promises; anti-ageing, collagen boosting, skin brightening etc. Just as it is important to know what is going into your body, it is also important to know what’s going onto your body. Hence why it is always best to read the list of ingredients used to create a product before using it.  

Here are some superhero ingredients to look out for in skincare products:


  • Alpha Lipoic Acid – Anti-ageing, Reduces Pore Size, Smooths Skin

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), often called “the universal antioxidant” is fat and water soluble and has powerful antioxidant properties for the skin. It is 400 times stronger than vitamins E and C combined (both of which are renowned for their antioxidant properties). ALA has great benefits when applied topically. It reduces puffiness, swelling, redness and blotchiness and evens out skin tone. It also shrinks pore size and decreases the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It can regulate the production of nitric oxide which controls blood flow to the skin resulting in a vibrant glow. It also has great antioxidant benefits which, when ingested, enhances the activity of vitamins B and C and mimics insulin production in the body to help sustain normal blood sugar levels.

You can find ALA in the Nutrabio Alpha Lipoic Vegetable Capsules, Perricone MD Firm Eye Cream, Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimiser and Estée Lauder Nightwear Plus.


  • Vitamin C Ester – Brightening, Firming, Reduces Wrinkles

Vitamin C ester is fat-soluble and has great antioxidant properties. It continuously regenerates depleted vitamin E in the skin cells and possesses superior ability to stimulate the growth of cells that produce collagen and elastin. It is also very stable in topical solutions, so products stay effective for a long time. An excellent product containing Vitamin C ester is the Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Serum. You can also find it in these products: Caudalíe Polyphenol C15 Anti Wrinkle Defense Serum, Sunday Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser, Jason’s C-Effects Lotion and Kypris Beauty Elixir I.


  • Green Tea Extract – Protective & Soothing

Green tea is loaded with polyphenols that fight free radicals. The ingredients in green tea can reduce sun damage and help to prevent skin cancer. It also slows signs of ageing and reduces sagging skin and wrinkles. Products that contain green tea extract are: Ole Henrisken Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster, Fresh Rose Face Mask, Murad Acne Body Wash, Jason’s C-Effect Creme and Kora Organics Purifying Day & Night Cream.


  • Retinol – Brightening & Reduces Wrinkles

Made from vitamin A, retinol boosts collagen production and plumps out skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It also improves skin tone and colour to counter hyper-pigmentation. A good product which does many jobs and contains retinol is the Natura Bissé Essential Shock Intense Retinol Fluid. There’s also  Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum, Murad Renewing Eye Cream,  Philosophy Miracle Worker and  Shiseido Benefiance Eye Mask.