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Skincare technology advancements offer high-performing anti-ageing ingredients for all skin types. Find the best anti-ageing ingredients within our guide.

Uncover the Best Anti-Ageing Ingredients in Skincare

For many skincare afficionados, one of the primary goals of a skincare routine is to help minimise the appearance of visible signs of ageing skin. Thanks to their ability to target the look of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, anti-ageing skincare ingredients are highly sought after.

So, you know you should be choosing serums and creams with potent anti-ageing properties, but which individual ingredients should you be prioritising for your products? This guide contains everything you need to know about the best ingredients for anti-ageing skincare, as found in Lancôme products. We’ll go through the characteristics and benefits of each skincare ingredient, with guidance from the Lancôme beauty experts.

Discover new advancements in skincare technology

Recent years have seen the pace of innovation in the skincare realm continue to accelerate, particularly when it comes to the science behind anti-ageing skincare ingredients. Advancements in skincare technology have been fuelled by clinical research into the substances and processes that keep skin looking healthy and youthful, from cell turnover to the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Each anti-ageing ingredient has a wealth of science behind it, so let’s delve into that science to help answer the question ‘how do anti-ageing products work?

Skincare technology

Pre and probiotic fractions

Your complexion is home to a natural ecosystem of bacteria existing in delicate balance, known as a microbiome. With age, skin’s natural ability to maintain this balance decreases, requiring the support of our microbiome with skincare.

20 years of advanced research from Lancôme has led to our unique complex of seven pre and probiotic fractions for enhanced microbiome health. Prebiotic fractions act as food for ‘good bacteria’, while probiotic fractions are the ‘good bacteria’ themselves.

Rose water

When it comes to natural anti-ageing ingredients, rosewater is one of the most popular and longstanding for good reason. This fragrant ingredient is created by steaming rose petals with purified water, creating a hydrating substance infused with rose oils. Rosewater is known as a comforting ingredient well suited to skin prone to redness, as well as skin in need of hydration. The presence of antioxidants such as vitamins A and C helps protect your skin against environmental stressors and can also help minimise visible fine lines and wrinkles. Rosewater also has antibacterial properties.

This ingredient is often found in toners and is also included in a variety of different skincare products.


Retinol is the superstar of all ingredients for wrinkles and also has powerful benefits for blemish-prone skin. This powerful antioxidant is a form of vitamin A. Since retinol’s potent anti-ageing capabilities were discovered in the 1980s, it has been included in serums and night creams to help minimise signs of ageing and blemishes from the inside out.

Retinol works within your skin to increase the rate of skin cell turnover, improving skin texture and stopping dead skin cells from clogging pores and leading to blemishes. This ingredient also prompts your skin to make more collagen, helping it look plumper and more youthful and minimising fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s important to introduce retinol into your routine gradually because using too much too fast can cause dryness, redness and flaking. Apply on clean dry skin, as dampness will hinder absorption. We recommend using retinol at night because it can increase skin photosensitivity.

Hyaluronic acid

This hydrating powerhouse ingredient is a natural sugar that already exists in your skin and body with the ability to attract and hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Your skin’s ability to keep itself hydrated declines with age, so using serums, moisturisers and eye care products containing hyaluronic acid can help your skin look and feel more plump, smooth and hydrated.

Apply hyaluronic acid on slightly damp skin to help it draw in moisture and seal it in with a layer of moisturiser or face cream soon after. The added hydration will plump any fine lines and wrinkles to help them look less visible.

Vitamin C

Another widely lauded ingredient, vitamin C can help mature skin look brighter, even out pigmentation and minimise visible fine lines and wrinkles. How? The skin needs vitamin C to synthesis collagen, so applying it topically helps the skin look plumper. Vitamin C also supports elastin. This ingredient’s brightening properties can help make age spots less noticeable and its antioxidant properties help protect against further damage from external stressors including UVA.

Creams and serums containing vitamin C can cause a reaction in sensitive skin, so we recommend introducing them into your routine gradually.


Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is an anti-ageing skincare ingredient known for its widespread benefits. Within the body, vitamin B3 plays a vital role in facilitating cell signalling. When applied to the skin, niacinamide has comforting properties for skin prone to redness or blemishes. This impressive ingredient also helps support the skin’s natural moisture barrier and stimulates collagen synthesis to help skin look and feel plumper. In yet another benefit, niacinamide also targets uneven pigmentation and age spots. By suppressing melanin from reaching the skin’s surface, niacinamide can help enhance skin clarity.

Niacinamide is suitable for use for most skin types and concerns but shouldn’t be used at the same time as vitamin C or certain chemical exfoliants. You can find niacinamide in serums, creams and cleansers.

Anti-ageing Skincare From Lancome

Anti-ageing skincare from Lancôme

It’s clear that anti-ageing ingredients have a plethora of benefits for the skin, however consistency is key in order to achieve optimal results long term. We recommend crafting a cohesive anti-ageing skincare routine consisting of products enriched with the ingredients detailed above. Stick to your routine every day and night to help achieve a more radiant, youthful looking complexion.

If you want to take things up a notch, why not try the The Absolue Golden Facial? This luxe hour long facial uses Absolue signature premium skincare, enriched with regenerating and replenishing ingredients for a visibly nourished complexion. Experience a professional facial using deluxe products like our best-selling Advanced Génifique serum and our Lancôme Absolue Premium βx Yeux Eye Cream, an anti-ageing eye cream inspired by nature, refined by science. Available exclusively in David Jones.

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