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7 Top Skincare Ingredients You Need to Know
For a healthy, glowing skin, when choosing skincare ingredients, it is crucial to consider your individual skin concerns. Let’s see which are the 7 top skincare ingredients you need to know.
The first skincare ingredient is Retinol, also known as Vitamin A, a common ingredient found in many over-the-counter skincare products. As a specific Vitamin A compound, retinol is not to be confused with others with similar names such as retinoids. Retinol stimulates the natural production of collagen, improves skin texture and tone, minimizing any possible discoloration, soothes fine lines and wrinkles, reduces acne scars, softens the appearance of skin pores.
Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3 and Nicotinamide is an essential vitamin, that helps the skin to do many things such as:
Hyaluronic acid, made up of long chains of carbohydrate molecules, which combine with water to help the skin retain moisture, and this helps keep the skin hydrated. Hyaluronic acid is similar to a sponge as it can attract and retain over a thousand times more than its weight in water.
Popular AHAs found in skincare are glycolic acid, lactic acid and citric acid. AHAs are water-soluble acids that peel off the old skin. Encouraging new skin cells to generate and be seen on the surface of the skin. After using an AHA, the skin is smoother in appearance and to touch. AHAs can help improve hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, fine lines/wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Due to the strength of Alpha hydroxy acids, people who have dry or sensitive skin need to be more careful in their usage. We recommend gradually working up to daily use, but daily use is not always necessary.
Ceramides are lipids in the skin’s outermost layer that protect against moisture loss, environmental damage, and irritants. They act like bricks to hold the skin barrier in place. They offer moisture retention, enhance skin protection, improv skin texture, sooth and calm.
Retinoids are a class of compounds derived from vitamin A that are widely used in skincare. They offer many benefits for the skin, making them a popular ingredient in anti-aging products. Main advantages of retinoids is their ability to stimulate metabolic processes within the skin, speed cell turnover and support collagen and elastin fiber synthesis, thus, promoting smoother and firmer skin texture and making the signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles, less noticeable.
Vitamin C protects the skin from free radicals, known to accelerate signs of aging. This makes it yet another excellent choice for preventing premature signs of aging. Regular use of vitamin C also promotes collagen synthesis, improving the skin's texture, firmness, and overall resilience. It can also brighten the skin, making your complexion more even and radiant.