When the dust settles on your dirty thirty party, you’ll suddenly look at your reflection in the mirror and realise that 30 is definitely not the new 20 — and that’s perfectly fine. Gone are the days of downing sugar-laden ladies’ nights drinks just because they were free, wearing ill-fitting shoes because they were pretty and making bad skincare decisions. If you haven’t started on switching up your skincare products to help you age gracefully, here are the top five ingredients you should add to your regimen.

1. Retinol

You’re probably familiar with the term retinol being thrown around. Essentially, it’s an active form of the Vitamin A molecule and a powerful exfoliant. This stuff increases cell turnover, and is a saviour when it comes to banishing hyperpigmentation and dark spots. If you’re just starting on retinol though, start with using it a few nights a week, and then alternate nights before daily use. Be sure to use heaps of sunscreen when you’re using retinol.

2. Vitamin C

Trust us when we tell you you shouldn’t miss out on a Vitamin C serum. Also known as L-ascorbic acid, you can find most brands featuring it as a major player in the skincare heroes. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps curb damage caused by free radicals in your body. It builds connective tissue, promoting glow and radiance. It also helps even out skin tone.

3. Hyaluronic Acid

You can’t quite run away from hyaluronic acid. It’s naturally-occurring in your body that regulates cell renewal and maintains skin’s hydration. When you age, your skin loses its ability to hold on to moisture, which is why you may feel pruned up these days. Don’t dismay — pick up a potent bottle of hyaluronic acid serum stat.

4. Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a Vitamin B3. This little miracle product is not only a fantastic skin brighter, it also moisturises. Tackle pigmentary issues and look out for products where Niacinamide is listed as one of the top five ingredients.

5. Zinc in broad spectrum sunscreen

Many women are fighting melasma in their 30s and need all the sun protection they can get. Try a sun screen formulated with zinc that protects your skin from both the UVA and UVB rays.