Anti-Aging Skin Care: 3 Key Ingredients for Real Results

Rachel MacPherson - The Upside Blog

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Using skin care to preserve a youthful appearance has been a mainstay of women’s beauty routines for hundreds of years. You may recall your grandmother or mother using cold creams and witch-hazel-soaked eye pads as part of her nightly anti-aging skin care routine. Ancient times saw women applying yogurt, honey, milk, berries and various herbs to their skin to banish lines and wrinkles.

Smiling, Robed Woman in Bathroom Trying Anti Aging Skin Care Cream

Anti-aging skin care has a huge multi-billion dollar market that is growing yearly. This growth drives innovation in products and ingredients that continue to become more effective for consumers. While many ingredients of yore are still helpful, they aren’t nearly as potent as today’s science and technology powered products.

Some of the most promising ingredients in anti-aging skin care include nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, collagen and niacinamide. Below, learn more about these three ingredients and why you should add them to your skin care routine.

Top 3 Anti Aging Skin Care Nutrients

Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD)

Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is a molecule found in your cells that helps with DNA repair, providing cells the energy they need to function and fostering cellular nutrition. When cells do not have the energy and nutrition they need to thrive, cell death occurs, which leads to signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, dullness and lack of firmness. Unfortunately, the aging process causes a natural decline in NAD production, leaving skin less than youthful looking.

Applying NAD to the skin can blunt these signs of aging, staving off fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. What’s more, NAD has been shown to protect skin from the sun and oxidative damage, which is a significant factor in skin aging. It also helps support collagen formation, which improves skin plumpness and firmness.

Products containing NAD are a fantastic idea to add to your anti-aging skin care routine to help slow the cellular aging process, replenish deep skin layers, and address sun damage and inflammation of the skin.


Collagen is made of linked amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) that support the repair, growth and maintenance of your body’s tissues. There are three types of collagen, the strongest being type I collagen. This type is found in high amounts in the skin and is the most common type you may see in skin care products and supplements.

Collagen sources with type 1 collagen include eggshell membranes, bovine and fish collagens. Type III collagen helps to repair skin and is found in large amounts in bovine collagen sources. It’s also made in your body and exists in the skin, joints, bones and gut lining. Again, collagen naturally declines with age, which can lead to less firm, plump and youthful looking skin.

While getting collagen in your diet can benefit your skin’s appearance, it can also be found in anti-aging skin care products. Fortunately, oral and topical collagen can boost skin moisture, elasticity and hydration and reduces wrinkling and roughness of the skin, and can reduce or delay skin aging, according to research published in Dermatology Practical & Conceptual.

Adding an anti-aging skin care product with collagen boosts the appearance of your skin, adding plumpness and firmness while combating signs of aging.


Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that helps make NAD+. Research shows that using niacinamide on the skin can help reduce hyperpigmented spots and red blotchiness and is well tolerated by the skin. It also combats oxidative stress and inflammation, both damaging the skin.

One study published in Dermatologic Surgery examined the use of niacinamide in a group of female subjects for 12 weeks. Researchers found improvements in the following:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmented spots
  • Red blotchiness
  • Skin sallowness (yellowing)
  • Elasticity

Research published in the journal Antioxidants says niacinamide may be especially beneficial for the elderly or those with reduced NAD+ pool in the skin due to internal or external stressors.

How to anti aging skin care products to your routine

Skin care does not have to be a 10-step lengthy (and expensive) process. In fact, much can be said for keeping your anti-aging skin care routine simple with a small handful of effective products. Using too many lotions and potions on your skin or changing what you use frequently can overstimulate your skin’s delicate balance, tipping it into irritation.

Instead, try adding these three powerful ingredients to your skin care routine by choosing a moisturizer and serum you can apply both day and night. Cleanse your skin with a gentle soap-free cleanser, use sunscreen, and apply a serum and moisturizer with effective ingredients such as Codeage’s Eternal Platinum NAD Face Cream and Serum.

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