What Skin Care Ingredients Do YOU Need?

Hello everyone! When was the last time you sat down and really look at your clean face? Do you notice age spots, sun damage, fine lines or wrinkles? How about under-eye bags or swollen upper cheeks when you wake up? Does your skin feel parched at different times of the day? Notice a few neck wrinkles recently? Let us discuss some, not all as there are alot, of key ingredients for specific areas of skin care. The following definitions are from http://www.skinceuticals.com<—HAVE AMAZING SKINCARE PRODUCTS!! You can find products with amazing ingredients from drugstore to Luxe. You must try to find products with little or NO alcohol in them, as they dry out and age our skin horribly. Look at sheet masks ingredients, you can find some for each skin issue you may have. My favorite under-eye masks are grace & stella Anti-Wrinkle & Energizing Eye Masks .. they decrease my swollen bags or eye area and upper cheek area, I keep them in my beauty fridge!

HYALURONIC ACID

Why add Hyaluronic Acid to your skin care routine?

Hyaluronic acid is the body’s natural hydrator, making it an excellent moisturizer when applied topically. A natural humectant, hyaluronic acid is capable of holding 1,000 times its own weight in water. (I look for this in almost all of my skin care products. It quenches my matte skin on my face all day for a dewy look. ) Here are so me ideas to help get you started: CeraVE Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Glossier, SkinCeuticals

RETINOL

Why add Retinol to your skin care routine?

Retinol is a form of vitamin A (retinoic acid) that is clinically proven to help improve the appearance of aging skin. Retinol is shown to help improve uneven skin tone, promote cell turnover, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. (I use this every night before bed from my shoulders to my forehead in an upward sweeping motion. The neck shows age early in life, and my Retinol serum does 100% help) Here are some ideas to get you started: SkinCeuticals, CeraVE Retinol Serum, Herbivore

CERAMIDES

Why add Ceramides to your skin care routine?

Ceramides are waxy lipid molecules naturally present in the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the skin, that play a key role in skin lipid barrier function. Ceramides work synergistically to help increase skin hydration and promote optimal barrier function. Here are some ideas to get you started: SkinCeuticals, CeraVE, The Ordinary

GLYCOLIC ACID

Lauded as the gold standard in chemical exfoliation, glycolic acid is the smallest alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). This potent ingredient is recognized for its ability to provide an even exfoliation to the skin by helping promote cellular turnover for improvement in the look of fine lines, skin texture, tone, and radiance. Here are some ideas to get you started: SkinCeuticals, Drunk Elephant, Murad

NIACINAMIDE (VITAMIN B3)

Why add Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) to your skin care routine?

Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin found naturally in yeast, meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables, beans, and cereal grains. Topical application of niacinamide has been shown to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier and reduce the appearance of discoloration and blotchiness.  Here are some ideas to help you out: SkinCeuticals, Bioscience, The Ordinary, Dr. Dennis Gross

KOJIC ACID

Why add Kojic Acid to your skin care routine?

Naturally produced by certain fungi, kojic acid helps improve the appearance of discoloration and skin brightness. Here are some ideas to help you out: SkinCeuticals, PCA Skin Pigment Bar, Glytone.

ZINC OXIDE (Z-COTE®)

Why add Zinc Oxide (Z-Cote®) to your skin care routine?

Zinc oxide is a natural mineral used as a UV filter. This key sunscreen ingredient forms a barrier on skin to reflect and help protect against UVA and UVB rays. Zinc oxide demonstrates strong protection across the UVA spectrum and its distribution characteristics help provide an even spread without a whitening effect. Here are some ideas to get you started: SkinCeuticals, Glossier, Revision Skincare

SALICYLIC ACID

Why add Salicylic Acid to your skin care routine?

Salicylic acid is a beneficial ingredient for those with oily and acne-prone skin, as well as other skin concerns. This beta hydroxy acid helps exfoliate the skin and refine the appearance of pores while reducing the formation of acne when used at the proper concentration. Here are some ideas to get you started: SkinCeuticals, Glossier, Drunk Elephant, Neutrogena, Tata Harper

Collagen

Collagen, a protein naturally produced in the body, is also a popular supplement and beauty product ingredient that claims to improve the health of your skin. The marketing for collagen products claims they can improve skin elasticity, reduce visible wrinkles, and increase blood flow to the skin. (This is a must for me as well!!) Here are some ideas to help get you started: SkinCeuticals, Sisley, L’oreal, Elemis (a personal fav), Algenist

I hope the above few ingredients help you really read the back of your skin care products and focus on your skin. You need to nourish and protect your skin daily. Your face is uniquely yours, and needs pampering!

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