Best Anti Ageing Ingredients


If you want to keep ageing skin at bay, regardless of whether you are 25 or 65, it is essential that you follow an effective skincare routine. Wash, scrub and oil-control/tone are your 3 main steps. Although, depending on your age, you will need particular ingredients in your anti-ageing purchases.

What are the Best Anti-Ageing Ingredients that you Need?

Your products should evolve with your skin as your skin will need different things at varying stages of your life. Below I’ve created a table to simplify what ingredients you should look out for when buying your anti-ageing skincare.

 Age Range

 What You Need

What You Should Avoid

20s to 30s

Make sure there is retinol, vitamins C and E and antioxidants in your skin products.

Avoid alpha-tocopherol (an oil formulation of vitamin E, which can cause breakouts).


Use peptides, ceramides, humectants, retinol and growth factors. Avoid drying acids and products with low percentages of actives.

50s & above

Your best friends are at least two different types of antioxidants, peptides, retinol and SPF. Avoid anything that is designed for acne skin or that is simply too drying (essentially avoid products targeted for oily skin).

Find the perfect anti-ageing product for you, here!

Can Your Hands Make You Look Older?

Your hands are one of the first areas to show signs of ageing. When you reach 40, the skin on your hands begins to thin because there’s so little fat and muscle there. As a result, bones protrude, skin loses its elasticity, forming wrinkles and veins become more prominent, these all contributing to your hands looking older.


So what can you do?

Those drugstore hand creams you’ve been buying won’t do the trick, unfortunately. They may smell good and claim to help your skin but the likelihood is that they’re doing squat. What you need is something that truly hydrates your skin whilst simultaneously working to thicken and protect it from damage. The key ingredient you should look for is Retinol, which stimulates cell renewal and collagen production for younger-looking hands. Plus a product that includes broad-spectrum UV protection is a must. UV rays are your skin’s worst enemy, causing not just an early-onset of wrinkles but also forming pigmentation which can make your hands look even older.

The ZO Skin Health™ Oraser® Nourishing Hand Creme has everything you’d need to save your hands. It includes:

  • Retinol to stimulate epidermal renewal and collagen production and helps even skin tone
  • Matrixyl 3000 to boosts collagen production to help tighten and thicken skin
  • Vitamins C and E, Coenzyme-Q10 which are potent antioxidants that fight damaging free radicals
  • Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate and Shea Butter which hydrate and strengthen the skin’s barrier
  • Avobenzone which provides broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection
  • Amino Acid Complex to promote healthy cell renewal

What’s more, people often forget that your hands need exfoliating too, as where there is skin, there are dead skin cells too! At least once a week you need to exfoliate all of this dead skin so that the active ingredients from your hand creme can penetrate the epidermis and ensure your skin gets all its benefits. Try the ZO Skin Health™ Oraser® Correcting Hand and Body Scrub to polish rough texture and leave skin silky smooth.

The 6 Types of Acne Skin

Acne skin is caused when hair follicles become blocked. Hair follicles are tiny holes in the skin from which an individual hair grows out of. Attached to these hair follicles are sebaceous glands which can be found near the surface of your skin. Sebaceous glands prevent your hair and skin from drying out by producing an oily substance called sebum. However, these glands can sometimes produce too much sebum which then mixes with dead skin cells which consequently blocks your follicles and thus causes acne.

acne skin

6 Different Types of Acne Skin

The plugged follicle can react in different ways, which is why your spots can appear different. There are six main different types of acne breakouts:

  • blackheads – appear if the plugged follicle is open to the skin, creating small black or yellowish bumps that develop on the skin; they are not filled with dirt but are black because the inner lining of the hair follicle produces pigmentation
  • whiteheads – are caused if the plugged follicle is close to the surface of the skin, which then bulges outwards. They have a similar appearance to blackheads, but they can be firmer and will not empty when squeezed.

Furthermore, normally harmless bacteria that lives on the skin can then contaminate and infect these plugged follicles forming:

  • papules – which are small red bumps that may feel tender or sore
  • pustules – which are similar to papules, but have a white tip in the centre that is caused by a build-up of pus
  • nodules – are large hard lumps that build up beneath the surface of the skin and can be painful
  • cysts – are the most severe type of spot caused by acne; they are large pus-filled lumps that look similar to boils and carry the greatest risk of causing permanent scarring

Proven triggers

  • Testosterone – Teenage acne is thought to be triggered by increased levels of a hormone called testosterone, which occurs during puberty. The sebaceous glands are particularly sensitive to hormones. It is thought that increased levels of testosterone cause the glands to produce much more sebum than the skin needs.
  • Hereditary – Acne skin can run in families. If your parents had acne, it’s likely that you will also develop it. One study has found that if both your parents had acne, you are more likely to get more severe acne at an early age. It also found that if one or both of your parents had adult acne, you are more likely to get adult acne too.
  • Periods & Pregnancy – More than 80% of cases of adult acne occur in women. It is thought that many cases are caused by the changes in hormone levels that many women have at certain times from their periods or during pregnancy.
  • Medication – certain medications, such as steroid medications, lithium (which is often used to treat depression and bipolar disorder) and some anti-epileptic drugs (used to treat epilepsy) can cause a flare-up of acne.
  • Smoking – is often a cause of acne found in older people.
  • Accessories – regularly wearing items such as a headband or backpack, which places pressure on a targeted area can sometimes be the cause of an acne flare-up.

Why Hot Showers Are Bad For The Skin

In those cold winter months, long hot showers may seem tempting but they can actually be quite damaging to the skin. A piping hot shower can dehydrate the skin, stripping it of its natural oils and causing a loss of water and electrolytes. What this means is that your skin will begin to appear scaly, taut and irritated.

What To Do

Instead of hot showers, take it down a notch to lukewarm water and shower only once a day. This way you avoid dehydrating and damaging your skin. Plus keep your showers as short as possible. The longer you’re under the water, the more you’re exposing your skin to harm as the chlorine in tap water can be harsh and damaging to the skin. Try to keep your showers better 5-10 minutes.

Avoid unnecessary moisturisers and go for a cleanser that has moisture boosting ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, panthenol, and allantoin. We recommend the ZO Skin Health Hydrating Cleanser.

Immediately after towel drying, apply ZO Skin Health Body Emulsion Plus, which works to both exfoliate and hydrate the skin. For optimum results apply it while your skin is slightly damp and your pores are still open, allowing for better penetration and absorption.


The Difference Between HEV Light and UV Rays


The importance of protecting your skin against UVA and UVB rays is a well-documented fact, but what about HEV light? The acronym stands for High-Energy Visible Light is something you are exposed to not just from the sun, but also from everyday digital devices like your smartphone, tablet or computer screen.

What is HEV light?

Also known as blue light, it may actually be as harmful to your skin as UVA and UVB light combined. The sun’s UV rays can cause your skin to turn red and burn leading to other long-term skin issues whilst HEV light does not necessarily cause immediate, visible damage but this doesn’t make them any less harmful. Instead, continued exposure to this light can be the root of a pretty long list skin problems. It can cause:

  • dryness
  • sensitivity
  • inflammation
  • redness
  • wrinkles
  • fine lines
  • sagging skin
  • uneven pigmentation
  • blotchy skin
  • brown spots
  • uneven tone and texture

So what can you do?

We all know by now that wearing sunscreen year-round is a must, so just be sure to pick out a product that also works to block HEV light. For example, the Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF30 does double-duty by protecting your skin from all harmful rays, including UVA, UVB and HEV. What’s more, it’s formulated to help smooth the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines. (It’s also a fantastic primer base for your makeup!)