1. Sunscreen

If you still don’t use sunscreen on a daily basis, you should seriously start. Sunscreen is your first line of defense against ultraviolet (UV) light exposure and free radical damage, which can cause both premature aging and skin cancers. Even small amounts of incidental UV light exposure add up over a lifetime.

Hate the way sunscreen feels on your skin? You can definitely use foundation that has sunscreen built in, but it may not have a very high SPF. If you’re looking for sun protection that won’t compromise your makeup base, try a sheer sunscreen milk or invisible gel.

  1. Antioxidants 

Antioxidants, helps prevent the oxidation process from happening. Vitamin C is particularly potent, not only does it stabilize the free radicals and protect your skin from damage, it adds plenty of other anti-aging benefits as well. For example, it has been shown to help even irregular skin tones, brighten complexions, lighten dark spots, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to stimulate collagen. Basically, it does its all to keep your face looking flawless. You can find vitamin C as a solo star ingredient in serums, creams, and mists, or paired with other powerful antioxidants, such as vitamin E, in products. Or try an antioxidant-rich oil cleanser. It melts away dirt and makeup while still being super-gentle on your skin.

  1. Topical Retinoids

Topical retinoids refers to a group encompassing vitamin A and its many derivatives, with retinol being the most common. Retinol has a multitude of benefits, like increased collagen production, improved appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, decreased pore size appearance, fewer breakouts, and clearer complexions.

Depending on the strength of the retinol you want or need, you can ask your dermatologist for a prescription or hit up a drugstore for an over-the-counter version. Warning: Retinols make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so definitely look for one with built-in SPF, or make sure to apply (and reapply!) sunscreen to avoid irritation.

  1. Oils

One of the great things about facial is that they’re made without water or filler ingredients. So, when you’re using an oil, you’re using 100 percent real, efficacious ingredients.

The best part: You don’t have to use oil as a standalone; it plays an important role in other products too.