Having healthy, glowing, youthful skin not only makes you look as good as possible despite your age, but also makes you feel good knowing that you are looking your best in front of everyone you meet. So why aren’t a lot of people taking proper care of their skin, or only do so till it’s too late? Well, if you feel you belong in this category, or even if you have lovely skin as of now, fret not because I am here to help you decide what to look out for in your skincare products as it is never too early or too late to get the skin you so desire.
Retinol (aka Vitamin A)
This ingredient you may have read up about as it is the skincare industry’s best kept… well it’s not a secret anymore in recent years and thankfully so. So what does this superstar ingredient do? Well, retinol is a pure form of vitamin A, which is a key vitamin for your skin to naturally repair itself in it’s regeneration cycle. It has the power to “renew” your skin, which is why dermatologists recommend it as an antiaging ingredient. It also has the added benefit of giving a visible reduction in wrinkle appearance as well as improvements in texture, tone and radiance.
If you have awesome taste buds, then you would probably be like me and love matcha as a drink. Matcha lovers rejoice because it can also be incorporated in your skincare routine! This miracle ingredient can assist in giving your skin some serious glow. Due to it being such a powerful antioxidant, it protects skin from environmental pollutants and can put a halt to signs of aging.
AHAs AND BHAs
Their actual names are Alpha Hydroxy Acids or Beta Hydroxy Acids, but most people would just refer to it as AHA & BHA because it just makes life easier to say right? This fast growing trend to include these in skincare products is because they are really effective exfoliants for your skin and can assist in stimulating production of new skin cells, hence making it very prominent in the top rated and recommended moisturizers and exfoliators. AHAs are effective on the surface level, reducing surface lines, roughness, and pigmentation, while BHA work deeper in your skin, helping to unclog pores. If you have acne prone skin, BHAs such as salicylic acid are very effective with that particular skin type.
Our bodies naturally produce squalene, which is a compound in our skin that is less prominent as we age and is one of the reasons why we look older as time passes and less squalene is present. Therefore, packing on products that include squalene is the simple solution to keeping your skin looking more youthful for much longer and keeping that glow in your skin.
There is a reason why your mum asks you to take your vitamins when you were younger. Drinking vitamin C and taking supplements packed with it is very beneficial for a healthy immune system. However, when applied to the skin, vitamin C will give your skin a brighter glow and radiance that you can physically see. Being a powerful antioxidant, it also protects your skin against damage that could incur from being in a pollutant-heavy environment and free-radicals which could make your skin age a little faster. Activating the production of collagen, it lightens hyperpigmentation and naturally repairs the skin much faster for a brighter complexion and making you look younger.