I love trying new skin care products but there are a few tried and true active ingredients I will always have around. These ingredients not only have ample research to back up claims but actually deliver results and help to attain and maintain healthy skin.
Sunscreen is a must! If you’re concerned about the appearance or health of your skin wearing sunscreen will help prevent further damage and give the skin time to heal because it is protected. Though wearing sunscreen is a must for skin care don’t forget a hat to protect your scalp and hair and sunglasses to protect your eyes! In future posts I’ll discuss various types of sunscreen ingredients and quality sun care products.
2. Tretinoin or Retinol
Tretinoin or all-trans retinoic acid is a prescription form of vitamin A. Applied topically it smooths skin’s surface, promotes collagen formation, and ensures skin cells are healthy. It is not a miracle product and will not negate the signs of skin aging but it will help maintain or attain overall healthier skin throughout the years. I’ll will go in to more detail about retinoids in a future post.
Glycolic Acid belongs to the alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) family. Glycolic acid is used to improve the skin’s appearance and texture. It may reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and improve many other skin conditions, including actinic keratosis, hyperkeratosis, and seborrheic keratosis. Once applied, glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together. This allows the stratum corneum to be exfoliated, exposing live skin cells.
4. Topical Vitamin C
According to skininc.com topical Vitamin C acts as a potent antioxidant that works to prevent free radical damage. It works to treat and prevent hyper-pigmentation by inhibiting the production of melanin. Applied topically, vitamin C protects the skin from UV damage. While it does not provide adequate sun protection on its own, vitamin C applied under sunscreen boosts protection from UV damage and pollution. Lastly, topical vitamin C has been shown to protect collagen in the skin.
5. Rosehip Oil
Rosehip oil is on my list because it is so versatile. It is a dry oil meaning it doesn’t leave skin feeling as greasy as other oils might. Because of its high vitamin C and beta-carotene content it helps fight hyper-pigmentation while protecting from environmental aggressors. Finally, its high essential fatty acid content soothes and moisturizes skin.