When it comes to skincare, you don’t need a Chemistry degree to figure out which products will work best on you. We list the top seven ingredients to look for and what exactly do they do for your skin.
Retinol is a powerful exfoliant that removes dead layers of skin to make way for healthier cells. It improves the skin’s firmness, gets rid of the sun-damaged top layer, and treats acne. It also reduces hyperpigmentation, dark under eye circles, fine lines, and wrinkles. If you’re looking to start an anti-aging regimen, this is the ingredient you want. It promotes skin rejuvenation and gives you younger, suppler skin.
2. HYALURONIC ACID
This ingredient is more of a moisturizing agent than an actual moisturizer, basically creating a moisture barrier on the skin. It helps your skin retain water, which will give you plumper skin and will diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It will improve your skin’s elasticity, making it smoother and softer.
3. SALICYLIC ACID
Acne-prone ladies should be familiar with this one. It cleanses your pores making it incredibly effective in reducing blemishes. Its anti-inflammatory properties makes it a top ingredient in many exfoliating acne scrubs and is widely available in many other over-the-counter products. It can also reduce signs of aging and skin redness.
4. VITAMIN E
Vitamin E is an amazing antioxidant that helps rejuvenate and protect the skin. It neutralizes free radicals, helps build skin collagen, and leaves the skin moisturized. It also fortifies skin’s natural water barrier and helps boost the effectiveness of sunscreen.
5. VITAMIN C
Also a common ingredient in most skincare products, Vitamin C helps boost the production of collagen and minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and even scars. It stimulates cell growth to aid in collagen and elastin production.
6. ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
You want glowing skin? Then you need this ingredient! It’s one of the most powerful anti-aging ingredients and antioxidants available. It evens out the skin tone, reduces skin redness, shrink pores, and aids in skin regeneration. It also reduces fine lines and gives you an overall flawless skin.
7. ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS
Alpha Hydroxy Acid removes dark, dead skin cells to reveal the fresh and radiant skin underneath. It also helps your skin retain moisture, stimulates collagen production, and lightens skin pigmentation. Fresher, firmer, lighter!
Next time you go shopping to replenish your beauty stash, check the label and note how often these ingredients show up in fine print—and for good reason! They’re safe, effective, and you’ll find them in beauty products across different price points—from drugstore to high end.
What’s your most trusted powerhouse ingredient when it comes to beauty? Leave a comment or tag us on Instragram @iamClaireph.