How to Choose an Anti-Aging Serum for Your Skin Type
Not all wrinkle-fighting ingredients are created equal. Learn how to choose an anti-aging serum for your skin's needs.
Is it too early for you to use an anti-aging serum? While you may think anti-aging products are for older women, think again. Cell turnover, where your skin sheds dead cells and replaces them with new ones, keeps your skin youthful. This natural process slows down upon hitting your 20s, which means your skin could use the extra help.
Your collagen production also slows down around this time – in fact, your body every year. Your skin becomes less firm and plump as time passes by. Throw in some unhealthy habits, such as sleeping late, stepping out of the house without sunscreen, and drinking alcohol and you have the perfect recipe for premature aging.
While you won’t necessarily need to practice the routine of someone in their 40s, there is some merit to . Try incorporating it into your regimen if you want to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, as well as keep skin renewed and refreshed.
Knowing your skin type is essential in building a skincare routine. Once you’ve figured this out, you can choose an anti-aging serum that works best for you. Here are some ingredients you should look for, depending on your skin type.
Balanced Skin: Retinol
Balanced skin usually doesn’t require much upkeep and is neither dry nor oily. If you are this #blessed, retinol could work well for your skin.
A wonder ingredient, retinol is an anti-aging serum staple. The vitamin A derivative works hard on the skin's surface and deeper layers. It stimulates collagen production to fight lines and wrinkles and renews the skin for a more even tone and texture.
If your skin can tolerate retinol, try POND'S Age Miracle Ultimate Youth Essence with 3x Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide to Boost Collagen. Lightweight and non-greasy, it includes collagen, retinol, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, prebiotics, and more to help renew collagen production.
Oily Skin: Vitamin C
Is your T-zone getting shiny by midday? You may have oily skin that produces more sebum than it needs. While blotting every few hours can be pesky, here’s the upside: oily skin usually has a thicker dermis that allows it to than other skin types.
Antioxidants such as and work well with oily skin. They fight free radicals that release oxidative stress and prevent skin damage. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help increase collagen production while balancing oil production and addressing acne flare-ups.
Dry Skin: Hyaluronic Acid
Do you feel tightness around your face? You may have dry skin, which makes it prone to problems like cracking, peeling, or flaking.
Dry skin can also show fine lines. is an anti-aging ingredient that keeps skin hydrated. As a humectant, it quenches the skin by attracting and trapping water into its layers. It delivers an immediate plumping effect to your complexion that smoothens these lines while improving the skin over time. As this happens, your skin barrier becomes more resilient and capable of holding off irritants as you age.
Sensitive Skin: Niacinamide
Sensitive skin is reactive and irritated easily. It may not be able to tolerate more potent ingredients like retinol, especially if you have other conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema.
Fortunately, sensitive skin can look forward to another popular ingredient: . While retinol comes from vitamin A, niacinamide is from vitamin B3 – and has shown promise in fighting free radical damage, brightening dark spots, and managing acne. Unlike other ingredients like retinol or hydroquinone, niacinamide is gentle on sensitive skin.
If you’re looking for a night serum to help renew your skin, try POND'S NEW YORK Bright Brilliance Night Serum Essence Niacinamide. The product has niacinamide and Actience that fight against dark spots, brighten the complexion, and refine the pores. Should your skin get too dry, choose a soothing face cream like POND'S NEW YORK Bright Brilliance Moisturizing Face Cream Ceramide. It locks in water to hydrate and comfort the skin while illuminating it with mica, making it appear smoother and even-toned.
Combination Skin: Peptides
If none of the above accurately describes your skin, you have a combination skin type. Your skin can feel oily on some parts of your face and then dry in others. Try experimenting with various anti-aging ingredients to see which works best with your skin – don’t forget to add peptides to that mix.
Peptides come from amino acids that stimulate your skin to make more collagen and decrease fine lines and wrinkles. Because of their antimicrobial properties, they can also help reduce breakouts and kill acne-causing bacteria. They are also gentle enough for dry complexions and effective at repairing the skin barrier.
While there’s no “perfect” anti-aging serum, there is one that’s perfect for you. Be patient in your search and always listen to your skin’s needs.