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Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and retinol: How effective are they against skin aging, according to science?

Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and retinol: How effective are they against skin aging, according to science?

  • Szu Shen Wong and Neil Grazier
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What products really improve the appearance of your skin?

For those who want to stop the work of time, it has not always been as easy as it is today.

Throughout history, people have used all kinds of crazy techniques to care for their skin and fight aging, such as bathing in donkey’s milk as Cleopatra assumed, or applying mercury directly to the skin as the Elizabethans did.

While the modern era has brought its fair share of exotic methods for combating skin aging like the placenta or “vampire lift,” the latest trend in the field is the use of science.

But with solutions full of peptides, antioxidants, and acids, it can be hard for someone without a background in biology or chemistry to tell if what they’re buying is scientifically sound or just hype.