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Having a skincare routine is just the start of looking after your skin and the effects of ageing, but do you know what is in these products? What ingredients help your skin? What ingredients are best for your skin type? We are here to educate you about the ingredients that research suggests can improve your skins texture, look and youthful complexity.
Firstly, here are the important ingredients that you need in your skincare products
Alpha-hydroxy acids are vital to increase your skins rejuvenation process, to create new cells and get rid of the old.
Hold on, did you think that name sounds scary? Don’t worry it’s not. Alpha-hydroxy acids are natural ingredients that come from products like milk and fruits. Some of the most common Alpha-hydroxyl acids are citric, glycolic and lactic acid.
Even though these acids come from natural ingredients we don’t recommend rubbing an orange on your face, instead, we can suggest a much better product that will have a higher hydroxyl acid concentration which is designed to regenerate skin cell production. You can think of these acids as an ‘exfoliant’ which mainly help to reduce fine lines, making the skin appear tighter and smoother.
Evidence shows Retinol helps improve the skins fine lines and wrinkles. It sounds scary but, Retinol is an ingredient that derives from something called Tretinoin or otherwise known as Retin-A. However, these products like Retinol are a lot stronger and is only available by prescription. In most cases, the skin doesn’t need to use a strong prescription based cream. So, we recommend you using retinol in a cream as suggested below.
You’ve probably heard of this one before, but if you haven’t here is what you need to know. Antioxidants are mainly claimed to prevent cell damage from free radicals in your body, which are molecules that injure cells and increase the risk of cancer. However, antioxidants also have a lot of beautiful benefits when it comes to skincare. They contain properties like beta-carotene, lycopene, selenium and vital vitamins like A ,C ,E. This may sound like to much to get your head around, so we’ve made it easy for you. When looking for skincare products with beneficial ingredients it is important to look for either A, C or E vitamins in the ingredient list. It has been tried and tested many times and when these vitamins are used on the skin, the skin becomes tighter, brighter and smooth.
Okay, we are on the last ingredient! Don’t worry, we are keeping this one short and simple. Peptides are small proteins that help stimulate new cells to grow, which helps the skin looking fresh and revived. If you want to take your skin care routine to the next level, we suggest you try using products that have peptides in them.
To conclude, we don’t expect you to remember everything. We’ve given you a ridiculous amount of information, nevertheless, we have done the hard work for you and recommend these skin care products for your skin type below.
Skin type suggestions:
If you have sensitive skin imagine you want to use products as gentle as you would on a baby's skin. We recommend you use products that actually state they are designed for sensitive skin. Using a light exfoliant, light toner and moisturiser should improve your skins overall complexion. Here are some suggestions below.
As your skin ages, it loses its elasticity. Adding some extra collagen and enzymes into your skincare routine should help display a more youthful and smooth look. Looking after your under eyes are important too, as you get older the skin gets tinner causing a 'baggy' look under the eye.
If your skin is as dry as the Sahara desert, don't panic we have you covered! Try these hydrating and moisturising products below that help improve your dry skin, also we recommend drinking a lot of water and staying away from caffeine!
Do you have Mediterranean skin? If so, try using a scrub that can extract all the unnecessary oils that build up in your pores and finish with a toner and light moisturiser.
Combination & Normal
A bit of everything? Do you have some dry spots, some oily and some that could be normal? We recommend using the products above on certain parts that you find oily, normal or dry. Instead of us delegating you products that suite this skin type try balancing out your skin by using certain products in the areas of your face that need some TLC.