Here are some great ingredients to look out for when it comes to skincare!
Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids brighten the skin through chemical exfoliation. They help to keep the pores clear and keep acne at bay. Some that you may be familiar with are glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids. When used consistently, they can firm and tighten the skin. The acids essentially weaken the bond between dead skin cells, resulting in exfoliation.
P.S. When it comes to physical exfoliants, be careful. The St. Ives Apricot Scrub is so abrasive that it actually damages the skin by creating microscopic tears.
Vitamin C is beneficial no matter your age or skin concern. It’s the only ingredient that stimulates collagen AND is also an antioxidant!
Retinol is amazing for surface imperfections such as uneven skin tone, dullness or acne scarring. It works by increasing cell turnover. Unfortunately, Retinol may cause flaky skin, since it’s basically promoting your skin to shed faster. Try starting with a reasonably low concentration. If you experience irritation, apply it only every other night. It’s important to apply Retinol products at night, because they increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Make sure to protect your skin even more when using Retinol.
Hyaluronic Acid is incredibly hydrating. Unlike other ingredients, it hydrates internally. By this, I mean that it penetrates the skin, draws water to the skin and holds it there. It’s a nice way to plump up the skin without greasiness.
Another recommendation I have when it comes to skincare is to do patch tests when trying something new. I’ve had enough nightmares with my sensitive skin, and can’t recommend this enough.