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4 Nov

Ingredients That You Need to Incorporate in Your Skincare Regime

Following a skincare routine is extremely important, especially now that the colder months are approaching. It doesn’t really matter what skin type you have, there are certain key ingredients you absolutely need to incorporate into your regime. They will be beneficial to your skin in the long run, even if it doesn’t feel like it right now

Not only will they make your skin look flawless, but they will also improve the texture of your skin and ultimately reduce signs of ageingSome of these ingredients will be more beneficial to some skin types than others but nevertheless, they are all amazing to use on a regular basis. 

Vitamin C 

You might already know that vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a vital ingredient for our healthWhen it comes to skin, vitamin C will not only even out your skin tone, but it will also enhance your complexion and is known to help with pigmentation. That is one of the reasons why vitamin C is so popular nowadays and can be found in so many skincare products. The types of skincare products I would recommend going for is a cleanser or serum. They are perfect to use on an everyday basis and you will see visible difference within a few days. 

Avoid using vitamin C at the same time as retinol, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA’s) such as lactic, salicylic and glycolic acid. Recommended for AM use.  

Hyaluronic Acid 

If you are after extreme moisture in your routine, then hyaluronic acid is a must. Not only that, but it is an ingredient that helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is hydrating ingredient which retains the skins natural moisture and in addition, will help your skin feel smoother. You can usually find hyaluronic acid in serums, toners and cleansers. This ingredient works wonders on all skin types. 

Don’t forget, hyaluronic acid is not a moisturiser substitute and you should always use a moisturiser no matter your skin type. 

Retinol

Retinol is the ingredient that will fix almost all of your skincare problems; however, it is one to be careful with due to its potency. Derived from vitamin A, it is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but a lot of people also use it is to fade dark spots, blemishes and rough patches on the skin. This ingredient is perfectly safe to use on the skin but not on an everyday basis as it can cause redness and irritation. Using it once or twice a week is perfect, and you can build up tolerance for more regular use.  

Avoid using retinol at the same time as vitamin C, AHA’s and BHA’s. Don’t use when pregnant. Recommended for PM use.  

Glycolic Acid

Face scrubs are out and chemical exfoliators are in, and this AHA is a fantastic exfoliating ingredient. Glycolic Acid helps your skin feel firmer, brighter and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Most people incorporate glycolic acid into their skincare regime through face masks, serums or toners. 

Don’t use more than one AHA or BHA at one time. Recommended for PM use. 

Salicylic Acid

This ingredient is an acne sufferers dream. It helps reduce acne by chemically exfoliating the skin and keeping pores clear. It decreases redness and swelling (inflammation) of your acne and when applied as a serum directly, can heal your pimples. Salicylic Acid is fantastic in a cleanser for daily use.  

Don’t use more than one AHA or BHA at one time. Recommended for PM use. 

SPF

Last but not least, sunscreen. It is not an ingredient but a skincare product which every single person should use on a daily basisMost ingredients mentioned above can sensitize your skin, so daily sun protection is an absolute must. It protects your skin from harmful UV rays and reduces sunburn as well. It doesn’t matter what the season or weather is outside, you should be wearing sunscreen every single day. 

All these ingredients are incredible additions to any skincare routine and can be used within the same routine. Just be cautious of which products to use when. For example, retinol and vitamin C can be used in the same routine, but make sure to use vitamin C in the morning and retinol at night, to avoid irritation. And again, always include SPF.

New Lune

A 23-year-old freelance designer and translator, born and raised in France. I run a beauty & lifestyle blog as well which features a variety of posts ranging from products review to study tips and blogging tips to personal experiences.

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