Skincare Ingredients to Know
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.