Although ageing is a natural part of life (and wrinkles and pigmentation are inevitable for all of us), there’s absolutely no shame in trying to minimise the process—and finding the right beauty and skincare regimen can be the perfect way to do so.
Depending on the skin concerns you’re wanting to target related to ageing—sunspots, discolouration, fine lines, etcetera—you’re going to want to focus on some key ingredients.
Vitamin A aka Retinol: one of the few ingredients clinically proven to minimise signs of ageing and fight acne, retinol increases your skincell turnover to minimise pigmentation and fine lines.
Vitamin B aka Niacinamide: works to boost your barrier health and can stimulate the synthesis of new collagen.
Vitamin C: works to protect the skin from photo-ageing, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone.
Hyaluronic Acid: we all know hydration is important for not only the body but our skin, hyaluronic acid can bind up to 1000 times it’s weight in water making it great for dry, crepe-y skin.
Peptides: these strings of amino acid boost collagen production and help improve skin’s elasticity and appearance of fine lines.
Whether you’re focused on halting sun spots or minimising crow’s feet, we’ve rounded up the best anti-ageing serums to help contribute to a gleaming visage, no matter what your age.
The best anti ageing serums of 2023
C E Ferulic Vitamin C Serum, $228 from Adore Beauty
This Skinceuticals product enjoys a cult reputation—for a reason. This lightweight serum combines 5% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1% vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), and 0.5% ferulic acid to protect against atmospheric ageing.
Future Advanced Line Filler, $80 from Skin Virtue
Using innovative skincare technology this serum will reduce the appearance of fine lines by deeply hydrating the skin using hyaluronic acid that creates a visibly smoother look.
Ageless Hyaluronic Serum, $65 from Esmi
This lightweight, water-based serum is packed with skin-firming peptides, triple-action hyaluronic acid and watermelon extract for plump, juicy skin that also fights free radicals and signs of ageing.
Clarins Double Serum Light, $170 from Sephora
This iconic Double Serum now comes in a lightweight texture for those who enjoy a ‘barely there’ feel. Composed of 21 plant extracts, including turmeric, this serum is beloved for its anti-ageing effectiveness.
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Pro+ Serum, $32.49 from Chemist Warehouse
For experienced retinol users, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Pro+ Serum contains 0.5% Pure Retinol. It’s formulated for powerful retinol results with less irritation for instantly softer, smoother skin.
No. 3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum, $79 from Edible Beauty
This potent blend of collagen-boosting and antioxidant-rich botanicals, including vitamin C-rich Kakadu Plum, Hyaluronic Acid and Beta Glucan, brightens and combats water loss.
Vitamin A serum with 0.5% retinol, $84.95 from Alpha-H
A great option for those new to retinol as it offers a more gentle alternative that will still accelerate skin renewal, helping to diminish fine lines and wrinkles leaving you glowing inside and out.
Multi-Peptide + HA Serum by The Ordinary, $21.25 (was $27.60) from The Ordinary
This serum combines peptide and hyaluronic acid for a super boost to hydration and collagen production.
1% Retinol Treatment, $89 from Paula’s Choice
High-strength 1% retinol improves fine lines and wrinkles while the hydrating complex allows for even and quick absorption into the skin.