31 Mar 2019

5 Beauty Ingredients To Look For In Your Skincare Products

I am quite passionate about skincare and with all my skincare problems, I've been doing a lot more reading into skincare, the ingredients in my products and what benefit they have for my skin. Lots of my family and friends often ask me to help them with picking products for their skin and obviously I'm no expert but I do try and help where I can! So I thought I'd share some ingredients to look out for in skincare products if you have a particular skin concern.

Hyaluronic Acid | Dry & Dehydrated Skin 

So one ingredient I am very familiar with is Hyaluronic Acid. It is great for people who have dry, dehydrated and perhaps eczema-prone skin, like myself. It is an ingredient that helps the skin retain its moisture and actually already exists in our skin, which is why it is so popular in skincare at the moment.

Hyaluronic Acid is available in so many different forms and in a variety of different price points. Personally, I really like The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. I use this after cleansing & toning and before any oils and moisturisers. Another option I've been testing out recently is the NIP+FAB Dragon's Blood Fix Serum, which contains other hydration boosting ingredients amongst HA.

Retinol | Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Retinol is all the rage right now. Everyone and their mum wants a bit of Retinol in their life! It is an ingredient that reduces and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. It's also very potent and skincare experts highly suggest doing a lot of research before introducing it into your skincare.

They say the best way to include it in your routine is to gradually use a little bit at a time and not all in one go. There are different strengths of Retinol so starting small and working your way up is best. Also, using it in targeted areas is the way I've worked with it before so perhaps try that method to see if it works for you.

I've previously used the The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane, which is a very diluted formula and it was gentle enough for my young skin. I only used it once or twice every fortnight, which shows how less you have to use the product as the effects can be quite strong. The only reason I stopped using it was because my bottle broke and I've been waiting to get a Beauty Bay discount code so I can re-order!

Glycolic Acid | Acne Prone Skin 

I introduced Glycolic Acid into my skincare a few years ago when Pixi bought out their Glow Tonic. I went through a phase of getting a lot of little bumps on my forehead and this product sorted it right out - which explains why it is so great for acne prone skin. I know loads of people who have spots love using products with Glycolic Acid in it because it helps reduce the size of spots already on your skin but also prevents new ones.

Again, this is a strong ingredient and it is found in various strengths in different products. Always check the instructions on how often to use your product as the side effects of overusing can be quite damaging.

Vitamin C | Dull Skin

I've only just started to introduce Vitamin C into my skincare regime after hearing of the incredible benefits it has for dull & lifeless skin. I find that as my skin is so dry and eczema-prone that it's really hard to get a glow back into it without using make up. Vitamin C based products are supposed to help bring a natural glow back into the skin so it no longer lacklustre & lifeless.

It is the antioxidant properties in Vitamin C that helps with glow as well as other good things like preventing anti-aging and healing skin damage. I am currently testing out The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow-Revealing Liquid Peel and Moisturiser. So far, really impressed but I'm sure a full review will be coming when I've given it a good run.

Salicylic Acid | Oily Skin

Salicylic Acid is used by people who have oily skin as it penetrates into the skin to clear out clogged pores prevent spots from appearing. I've personally never used a product with this ingredient in it as I don't really suffer with oily skin, spots or acne but it is very highly recommended by people who have an oily skin type. I've heard that the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is meant to be a fab starter choice!

I hope this blog post was helpful if you are new to skincare and want to know more about certain ingredients!

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