There is so much emphasis on incorporating active ingredients into our skincare routine, and it can become quite confusing to know what and when we should be using them.
What are active ingredients?
Actives are natural ingredients that have been scientifically proven to change the structure of your skin at a cellular level.
They're the ingredients that work to repair, rejuvenate, hydrate, protect, and nourish cells.
Why do we need them?
People with more mature skin need these potent ingredients to maintain plump and youthful-looking skin. Teens need them to control blockages and breakouts caused by excess sebum that can lead to acne. Everyone exposed to the dehydrating effects of the sun needs active ingredients to avoid developing sun-induced skin conditions that could lead to skin cancers and pigmentation.
In short, we can all benefit from active skincare.
Most well known actives.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA'S) More commonly known are glycolic, lactic, tartaric, and citric acids. These types of acids are derived from sugarcane, milk, or fruit.
As chemical exfoliators, AHAs work by peeling away the dead skin cells on the skin surface, revealing the fresh new skin cells underneath. Helpful for fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.
Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA'S) Salicylic Acid is the most used BHA and derived from willow-tree. Salicylic Acid also helps to remove dirt, bacteria, and grime that has built up on the surface of the skin so that pores can remain clear and free from irritants. By removing dead skin cells and bacteria from the skin, salicylic Acid helps to purify and exfoliate, which improves skin health and appearance. Fantastic on oily acne-prone skin types.
Vitamin C- A potent antioxidant, helping to promote collagen production, topical vitamin C can help prevent premature aging of the skin. Another cool thing about the ingredient: It contains a property that inhibits your skin's melanin production, which is what causes skin discoloration like dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Vitamin A- Retinol - Are the most effective anti-ageing ingredient available. Vitamin A in skincare products works by normalising skin functions, which equals a correction of all skin conditions. Means everyone can benefit from having Vitamin A on the skin. From Ageing to Acne and also Pigmentation. My favourite ingredient and something I choose to have in my skincare at all times.
Hyaluronic Acid- helps reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles by retaining moisture to the skin, creating a plumping effect. When the skin is protected and hydrated, increased skin cell production can take place, as the skin isn't busy fighting for hydration. This leads to smoother, plumper skin cells.
Peptides- Are proteins and the fundamental building blocks of skin. Without peptides, skin doesn't remain intact, and the result is the loss of firmness, appearance of wrinkles, texture changes, and skin that doesn't bounce back as it once did. Combine peptides with other actives, and you will get fantastic results for the skin.
Vitamin B3- is one of the best forms of B vitamins for your skin. Also known as Niacin, Vitamin B3 can help to improve the condition of the skin, helping to treat rosacea, acne, eczema, dermatitis, hyperpigmentation, sun-damaged, aging, and dry skin. So it's a must-have vitamin for healthy, glowing skin.
So there are the essential Active Ingredients that are familiar. Please be aware and mindful that when starting on any new skincare regime, especially when you are beginning to use more active ingredients, you should introduce them slowly to the skin.
My two favourite products!
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About the Author
My name is Rochelle, I have been lucky enough to be in the Beauty Industry for over 30 years helping clients achieve amazing results with their skin.
With 3 children of my own, I understand life is busy, so I'd love to help you find the best regimen that works for you and your lifestyle!
Having owned my own traditional based Beauty Salon and time in the Laser Industry, I've learnt that my passion lies in results-driven skin treatments and products. I feel so fortunate to have the most amazing brands at my fingertips. This allows me to give the best possible treatment and home care advice you need to achieve the skin you desire.