How long it takes for a skincare product to turn back the clock depends on the ingredients. There are three main types of anti-ageing ingredients, some of which produce visible results from day one.
When you invest in a new anti-ageing skincare product, you're likely very eager to see results. After reading promises such as 'visible reduction in fine lines and wrinkles', just how long do you have to wait to see those results?
The answer to this question depends on the ingredients in the product.
Anti-ageing skincare can take as little as a day to as long as three months to yield noticeable results. Generally, the longer you use the product, the more improvements you'll see.
There are three categories of ingredients that offer a visible reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Some ingredients reduce hyperpigmentation and yield other benefits too. You'll find these wonder-workers in three convenient products.
1. Skin-Plumping Serums
Skin-plumping serums contain humectants, or 'moisture-magnets'. These ingredients attract from the air a significant amount of water—often several times their own weight. This water is then locked into skin, which instantly appears smoother.
One humectant that's garnered a significant amount of press is hyaluronic acid, or sodium hyaluronate. This skincare ingredient can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. Because hyaluronic acid doesn't affect the skin's structure or processes, it gives immediate results.
We recommend the following skin-plumping serums:
2. Resurfacing Exfoliators
Exfoliating is a very important step in any anti-ageing routine. As skin matures, its skin cell turnover rate declines. What was once a 30-day cycle can take up to 40 days. This means the top layers of skin, which are dead, stay put for longer and cause skin to look tired and dull.
- Remove dead skin cells
- Smooth skin's texture
- Add radiance
- Balance oiliness or dryness
- Unclog pores
- Enhance absorption of moisturisers, serums, and other treatments
- Lighten freckles and age spots
- Reduce blotchiness
Chemical exfoliants contain ingredients called alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), or a combination of both. These ingredients dissolve the glue that holds dead skin cells together.
Exfoliating acids increase the skin cell turnover rate, which leaves your complexion looking brighter and healthier. One particular BHA, salicylic acid, can also stimulate collagen production.
Exfoliating skincare products get to work straight away but also have a cumulative effect. So you're likely to see an immediate effect, with more significant results effects taking up to three months.
Anti-ageing exfoliating products we recommend:
3. Vitamin-based serums and moisturisers
The following three vitamins have been thoroughly researched and proven to be effective at combatting the visible signs of ageing:
- Vitamin A (retinol)
- Vitamin B3 (niacinamide)
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
These micronutrients work on the deeper layers of skin. Vitamins supply skin with the building blocks it needs to regenerate lost collagen and ceramides and even lighten and brighten skin tone.
Vitamins A, B3, and C are very effective at changing your skin's biology, which means the effects are lasting. Vitamin-based serums and moisturisers will likely take four to 12 weeks to show visible results.
These are a few of our favourites:
Vitamin A (clinically proven)
Vitamin B3 (best for sensitive skin)
Vitamin C (best for sun damage and areas of uneven skin tone)
For any of these anti-ageing ingredients, skipping a night or alternating products may interfere with your results. To maximise the long-term effects of any skincare product, be sure to use the product consistently as directed.