If you are someone who is into skincare, you probably already know about ingredients like retinol (vitamin A), alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and antioxidants such as vitamins C, B and E and the benefits they offer. But what about the some of the other important ingredients that you should look out for and make a part of your regular skin routine?
- Charcoal helps purify and detoxify skin by drawing out bacteria, toxins, excess oil and dead cells that can clog pores.
- Green tea contains powerful antioxidant and anti-pollution properties, helping to brighten, protect, condition and soothe.
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) reduces the appearance of acne and rosacea-related surface redness and improves clogged pores.
- Alpha Hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid and lactic acid can promote collagen synthesis and act as exfoliants in the treatment of acne.
- Kojic acid blocks the enzyme that makes melanin, the pigment in your skin, and it can help lighten dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
- Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant that protects against free radical damage and supports a natural hyaluronic acid production to lift and plump skin.
- Vitamin C helps to neutralize free radicals in the environment (such as pollution and cigarette smoke), can protect against harmful UV exposure and prevent skin discoloration.
- Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in your skin, and it will act like a sponge to hold in moisture and give you a more refreshed look.
- Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that increase cell turnover, evening skin tone and reducing fine lines.
- Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant, and when applied to your skin it can improve softness and act as a moisturizer.
Before trying any new products on your skin consult with your dermatologist and be sure to test a small patch of skin for any adverse reactions.
Editor's note: This blog was originally published on Jan. 12, 2018 and has since been updated.