most effective skin care ingredients
While the list could go on for effective skin care ingredients, there are some that have scientifically been proven to positively affect the skin. Rather than trusting through word of mouth that a product will work for you, research its ingredients before purchasing to save yourself time and frustration. (This information is freely available to us by law — we might as well take advantage of it!)
Marketing in the beauty industry is split between companies that actually have a passion for helping people maintain healthy skin and companies that are only chasing after the dollar. You can easily differentiate the two by examining their product’s ingredients.
Don’t be fooled by words plastered on the front of products. For example, a product can be labeled as “organic” or “natural” and still contain harsh ingredients. “Turn and learn those ingredients,” as popular medical esthetician and YouTube, Cassandra Bankson, would say.
Below are the top 5 skin care ingredients proven to be effective:
1. Vitamin C.
There’s nothing like some good ole vitamin C, or L-ascorbic acid. Vitamin C has been proven to be the jack of all trades when treating skin concerns. It can reduce dark spots, prevent wrinkles, provide sun protection, and improve breakouts! Best to be used in your morning skincare routine, there are numerous serums and moisturizers on the market.
Do your due diligence to find vitamin C products packaged and formulated properly to prevent oxidation. Oxidation of the vitamin C causes it to be unstable and can result in potential skin irritation.
Store your products in a dark, cool spot and dispose of the product is turns dark brown. If the product is colored clear or yellow, it’s still okay to use.
2. Vitamin A.
Numerous studies reveal that vitamin A (retinol) is one of, if not the, leading ingredient in the anti-aging realm. Retinol has also been shown to decrease hyperpigmentation and increase the skin’s cell turnover rate! Tread with caution as you experiment with retinoids, as using them too much can irritate the skin.
Retinol increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, therefore it is best to apply your vitamins A product in the evening. Don’t forget to lather on sunscreen in the morning!
3. Hyaluronic Acid.
Hyaluronic acid hydrates! That’s really all you need to know about this ingredient. In countless skin care products today, hyaluronic acid has been shown to amp up the skin’s hydration by up to 96%, firm the skin, and reduce wrinkles. This ingredient can be used both day and night.
Niacinamide (vitamin B3) enhances the youthful appearance of skin, brightens dark spots, and supplies anti-inflammatory benefits to various skin conditions. It also helps retain moisture in the skin, while simultaneously decreasing sebum production. Niacinamide can be used by all skin types because of its non-irritating nature.
Peptides are chains of amino acids, which are the foundation of what makes up the proteins in our body, such as collagen in the skin. As we grow older, we unfortunately begin to lose collagen, which is where peptides come into play.
Peptides take on the job of messengers when applied topically to the skin. They stimulate particular skin cells to perform certain roles, such creating more collagen and elastin. Peptides have been proven to firm, calm, revitalize, and hydrate the skin.
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