Monday, 10 August 2015

Six Essential Skin Care Ingredients


Six Skin Care Ingredients My Skin Needs

There's an endless stream of skincare must-haves on the market that seems to grow by the minute. There are masks, serums, creams and lotions. You name it, and it's out there. But at the end of the day, I've learnt that my skin only needs a handful of ingredients that continuously stand the test of time, and make my skin glow. So, here are the guys that fight wrinkles, heal acne and make tired dull skin look fabulous.

1. Retinol: For Anti-Aging (And Everything Else)
If there's one ingredient that is at the top of my must-have list, it's this crazy-effective, amazingly fantastic derivative of Vitamin A. Retinol is THE complexion-perfecting product that really works. It builds collagen, decreases fine lines, improves the skin's texture and helps fight acne (but it can be drying and cause flakiness). Over the counter retinols take 8 to 10 weeks to show results, but they also contain anti-inflammatories to clam any redness or dryness. Lately, I've been loving Peter Thomas Roth 3% Retinol Plus Serum.

For those who are new to retinols, it's best to ease into it slowly. Start with one night a week, then gradually use a pea-sized amount twice a week. I also stay away from harsh, abrasive scrubs and chemical peels while I'm using a retinol. And the number one retinol rule? Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. And don't forget your sunscreen.

2. Hyaluronic Acid: For Some Serious Moisturising
This little ingredient not only keeps skin plump, but also helps the skin retain its water levels. Hyaluronic acid is an awesome moisturiser and works so well with other skincare ingredients. So you can layer it with your retinol, use it daily and see your skin become gorgeously hydrated. A great budget-friendly product is Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel.

I have using in love with my latest moisturiser purchase. It's Chanel's Hydra Beauty Micro Serum and it contains hyaluronic acid as well as other powerful antioxidants and vitamins. Love it.

3. Vitamin C: For A Glowy Boost
Vitamin C is an incredible antioxidant that stimulates collagen production, which means a golden glowing complexion with lovely even skin. For best results, I always look for a high concentration of Vitamin C (such as 20%) in a serum or cream. And for an even bigger brightening boost, combine Vitamin C, Vitamin E and ferulic acid together. However, Vitamin C does break down when exposed to oxygen and light. That's why it's best to use this vitamin as a night time product. I apply it to my skin on the nights when I'm not using a retinol. I love Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser. Apply a few times a week to fight fine lines and pigmentation. And you'll see your makeup go on more smoothly. Bonus.

Also look for a hand cream that contains Vitamin C. It prevents sun spots and fights the signs of aging. Try Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream. Smells heavenly.

4. Peptides: For Firming Skin
Peptides are the protein building blocks of the skin. They strengthen the skin, boost collagen production and rapidly heal any skin wounds. Peptides are known to mimic the effects of botox of applied topically to the skin. For smooth, firm and bouncy skin, try Dr Brandt DNA Triple Peptide Eye Cream. Just be aware that, like Vitamin C, peptides don't perform at their best when exposed to oxygen and light. A great one to try is Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening & Protecting Lotion.

5. Salicylic Acid: For Fighting Acne
Salicylic Acid penetrates any oily pores and cleans them out. It also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. To clear any pesky blemishes I like using Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Clarifying Toner and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Acne Treatment Cream. Both are amazing. I also use Murad's Acne Body Wash from time to time to get rid of any little bumps.

6. Alpha Hydroxy Acids: For Smoothing Skin
AHAs are the powerful exfoliators that are genius at clearing up sun damage, hyperpigmentation, acne and fine lines. The most potent (and the most effective) is glycolic acid, which penetrates damaged skin to support fresh new skin cell production. Ole Henriksen's Invigorating Night Treatment is perfect for erasing dullness. It's so so good.

I also love getting a professional glycolic peel once a month in the salon to rejuvenate the skin. Just remember to stop applying any intense retinols when using a glycolic acid. Pond's Rejunevess Anti-Wrinkle Cream is choc-full of AHAs.

Love you so much!
Love, Elle xo
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