Although a number of skin issues are unique to the person, there are many that people share in common. To maintain skin health, it is important to keep it hydrated, protect the surface, promote cellular activity, and prevent skin damage. So in terms of your skincare routine, you must be looking out for certain ingredients that help you achieve your natural skincare goals. These include the following:
This ingredient helps skin cells in communicating effectively to repair and maintain the health and structure of the skin. It primarily gives positive effects on the lipid barrier of the skin which traps water molecules and prevents dehydration. A healthy lipid barrier can prevent environmental, biological, and chemical irritants from getting into the surface of the skin. Also, niacinamide can minimize hyperpigmentation and boost the production of collagen.
Retinol is a less aggressive form of vitamin A that stimulates the production of collagen, resulting in firmer skin and reduced wrinkles and lines. As cellular activity is improved, retinol allows for healthy cell regeneration. The exfoliation process eliminates the damaged and dead cells to how the fresh and healthy skin layers underneath. Also, this is important in terms of shrinking and unclogging pores, making Retinol an excellent ingredient for skin that is prone to acne.
Sun Protection Agents
The sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage. Constant exposure to the rays can lead to accelerated skin aging, discoloration, and dehydration. To prevent skin damage due to the sun, it is important to wear sunscreen. Look for mineral-based sun protection agents such as titanium dioxide and zinc. This kind of sunscreens reflect the rays of the sun instead of pushing them back out from the pores which is what chemical sunscreens do.
Free radical damage results from an exposure to bacteria, smoking, environmental toxins, UV rays, and pollution. Antioxidants interact with free radicals and neutralize them before they damage essential skin molecules. Natural ingredients have antioxidant contents and as they have protective properties, they tend to work on your skin immediately. For instance, vitamin C helps in addressing pigmentation problems caused by scarring, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Also, vitamin E increases vitamin C’s protective properties and helps in healing the skin as well as fighting redness and inflammation.
Uneven skin tone is a result of dead skin cell buildups on the skin’s surface. This tends to get worse as people age and the ability of the body to shed these cells reduces. Giving the skin some boost in shedding the cells can best address the lack of cell turnover. Use chemical exfoliants which peel away dead skin and allows the revelation of fresh and healthy skin beneath.
Mild exfoliants include beta-hydroxyl acids (BHAs) and alpha-hydroxyl acids (AHA) used on the skin tones for restoring good skin texture and a more radiant complexion. AHA is best for dry skin while BHA is for oily skin as it unclogs skin pores and helps in treating breakouts and blemishes. Use these overnight and enjoy their effectiveness when it comes to exfoliating and peeling. However, if your skin is seriously colored, you may have to use these ingredients continuously. To get the best results, use them on a regular basis for at least three months.
Whether you are using topical anti-aging filers or considering IPL laser treatment from Clinique Anti Aging, always talk to a skincare specialist first. Skincare treatments can come with their pros and cons and you want to be aware of these before you make a decision.