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The Best Anti-Aging Ingredients on the Market, According to Science

Give it up for these scientifically-backed skin care ingredients.
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Plenty of skin care ingredients have a historical background or roots in holistic well-being. But not all of them have the scientific research and data to back up their claims. If you're someone who appreciates a good study or you simply want to put your money where the data is, stick to the following anti-aging ingredients that have been proven effective.

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Aside from sunscreen, retinoids are the rulers of anti-aging skin care, especially where scientific data is concerned. "I love this ingredient for its ability to increase cell turnover, help the skin look younger and protect skin cells from free radicals," says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Marina Peredo. "Applying retinol can slow down the aging process and firm up the thin skin and fix any crepey texture. It can also reduce hyperpigmentation, age spots and acne scars."

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This pick combines encapsulated and free retinol in one nourishing anti-aging product.

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This delicate eye cream was just launched as part of the brand's new collection, which also includes a body butter and a pink algae serum.

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Vitamin C

There are many skin care benefits of topical vitamin C. "Vitamin C is known for its ability to neutralize the effects of aging and fine lines and give skin a beautiful glow," says Peredo. "It is one of the most important ingredients for reducing damage from free radicals and can also help boost collagen production." She adds that it works by binding to receptors in skin cells, which in turn helps strengthen the skin barrier, protects our collagen supply and stimulates skin cell turnover.

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