10 ingredients every skincare routine should have
We often ignore checking the ingredient list of skincare products before purchasing them. However, checking the ingredient list of skincare products is one of the most crucial things to do before purchasing any product. This is because the ingredients present in any skincare product determine the potency of the products and its effects on the skin.
There are some ingredients that should never be missing in any skincare routine. In this article, we will discuss some of those ingredients.
Peptides/amino acids are molecules that combine to form proteins. When used as skincare ingredients, these molecules add a lot of benefits to the skin and make the skin look smoother and radiant. They boost the production of collagen, improve skin barrier, reduce wrinkles, maintain skin's microbiome. Some Peptides help to nourish and hydrate the skin.
Earth Harbor Celestine Hydra-Plumping Peptide Serum is a serum containing seaweed peptides and other nourishing ingredients like niacinamide. Leaves your skin replenished with a plumping effect.
Bloomeffects Royal Tulip Moisturizing Nectar is a rich honey-like balm to serum. Formulated using a Proprietary Dutch Tulip Complex™ and a bouquet of earth-sourced botanicals. Infused with peptides simply apply it anywhere your skin needs extra love and enjoy radiant and supple skin.
Ceramides are lipids that make up 50% of the epidermis. Although they are found in large amounts on the skin naturally, they deplete over time and need to be supplemented by extra ceramides available in skincare products.
Ceramides help to hydrate the skin, maintain the skin’s barrier, offer sun protection, protect the skin from the visible damage of pollution, and rejuvenate aging skin.
The Beauty Doctrine Barrier Repair Serum contains Jojoba oil, which is comprised of at least 90% ceramides. This multi-tasking lightweight firming and balancing serum is suitable for all skin types and its simple formulation also combines the powers of Rosehip and Hemp oil.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found throughout the body's connective tissue. Although it can also be found as a skincare ingredient or a skincare product on its own. It can hold nearly a thousand times its weight in water which helps hydrate the skin and lock in moisture.
Hyaluronic acid is an important skincare ingredient that is highly moisturizing, helps repair damaged skin, and protects the skin from damaging molecules.
Agent Nateur Holi (Water) Pearl and Rose Hyaluronic Essence has natural hyaluronic acid as one of its major ingredients and helps to hydrate the skin, treat acne, and revive the skin’s complexion.
Antioxidants (like Vitamin C, Resveratrol & Green Tea)
Antioxidants are substances that help to protect the skin cells from damage caused by certain environmental factors. They majorly help to reduce the damage of free radicals. They also reduce the effects of aging on the skin, promote a brighter and more even complexion, fade fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate the skin, and reduce inflammation.
Versine Gentle Actives Clarity Serum + Azelaic Acid is a multi-tasking serum packed with phenomenal ingredients such as, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid, Kakadu Plum Extract, Ceramide, Azelaic Acid, and so much more in a gentle, effective formula. Ideal for sensitive skin and pregnancy safe.
Ere Perez White Tea Phyto-Retinol Elixir contains resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory molecule, which increases skin suppleness. This amazing formulation also contains ingredients such as squalene, niacinamide, and bakuchiol, all of which are perfect for acne-prone skin while providing moisture to the skin!
Retinols are forms of vitamin A that are used as skincare ingredients because of the wide range of benefits they offer. They hydrate and moisturize the skin, reduce hyperpigmentation, give sun protection, fade scars and fine lines, boost collagen formation, and reduce acne. As beneficial as they are, artificially made retinols have side effects that can damage the skin.
Natural retinols are alternatives to artificially made retinol, gotten from plant and animal sources. They have all the benefits of artificially made retinol but none of its side effects. A good example of natural retinol is rosehip oil.
One Love Organics Botanical A Bio Retinol Night Serum is a thoughtful blend of lactic acid, phytic acid, and plant-derived salicylic acid that helps to resurface the skin, offering powerful yet gentle exfoliating benefits and encouraging skin rejuvenation. This serum is suitable for all skin tones and types.
Also known as glycerol, glycerin is a clear and odorless liquid found in plants and animals and used as a skincare ingredient. Glycerin is a humectant, that is, it helps the skin to retain moisture and is used to prevent skin dryness. Glycerin also improves the skin barrier and acts as an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory agent.
One love Organics Botanical D Moisture Mist is a lightweight moisturizer and toner in one that preps and hydrates the skin. Aside from offering the benefits of glycerin this mist infuses the skin with emollient oils and Botanical E.
Bloomeffects Royal Tulip Cleansing Jelly hydrates your skin while you cleanse. It actively dissolves oils and all traces of makeup without drying out your skin thanks to the humectant properties contained in glycerin.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are acidic compounds occurring naturally in plant and animal products. They are also present in certain foods. Some examples of AHAs are glycolic, lactic, citric, tartaric, and hydroxycaprylic acids.
AHAs help to gently exfoliate the skin, unlike other exfoliants that can be quite harsh to the skin. They fade hyperpigmentation and give the skin an even tone. AHAs also prevent and treat acne, fade fine lines and wrinkles, boost collagen production, and give the skin a brighter appearance.
Agent Nateur Holi (Bright) Resurface Glass Face Mask has Lactic Acid which is both a humectant and AHA. Calming and soothing while also actively and gently resurfacing and refining the texture of your skin and minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores.
Versine Gentle Actives Clarity Serum contains Mandelic acid which, is the largest AHA as far as molecular weight. This means the serum will not absorb into the skin preventing it from causing irritation and making it ideal for sensitive skin types and those with psoriasis and rosacea.
Niacinamide is one of the two forms of vitamin B3, niacin. It is also known as nicotinamide and is the water-soluble form of vitamin B3. It is used as a skincare ingredient because it provides a wide range of benefits to the skin.
Niacinamide fades hyperpigmentation, provides skin protection, treats acne, and acts as an anti-oxidizing and anti-inflammatory agent. It also helps to fade fine lines and wrinkles, keep the skin moisturized, and make the skin firmer by providing it with a protein known as keratin. Lastly, niacinamide is very useful in preventing skin cancer.
Salt and Stone Antioxidant Body Wash has niacinamide as one of its key ingredients. It helps to hydrate the skin and leaves it feeling silky and smooth. Suitable for all skin types
Odacité Sheer Sunscreen SPF 50 Mineral Drops is a lightweight, invisible, anti-aging mineral sunscreen containing niacinamide. These mineral drops protect against aging and dark spots and dangerous UVB rays while providing an antioxidant-rich sun repair complex.
Minerals (like zinc, magnesium, potassium, and copper)
Apart from improving the body’s general well-being, minerals also add a number of benefits to the skin. Zinc, magnesium, and copper, for example, strengthen and soothe the skin. On the other hand, copper boosts the production of collagen and fades fine lines and wrinkles.
Graydon’s Face Food Mineral Mist is a facial mist that contains all the essential minerals needed to strengthen and rejuvenate the skin. It gives your skin an instant glow-up by locking in moisture and creating a weightless protective barrier against environmental pollution.
Non-Nano Zinc Oxide
Non-nano zinc oxide is a major ingredient that is widely used in mineral sunscreens because it offers the safest and most effective form of sun protection. It helps to scatter, absorb, and reflect sun rays, instead of letting them penetrate and damage the skin. It also doesn’t contain harmful chemicals that irritate the skin.
Kari Gran’s Essential SPF 30 Sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen that has non-nano zinc oxide as a major ingredient. It also hydrates the skin, makes it glow, and makes it healthier.
Bloomeffects Tulip Dew Sunscreen Serum is a 100% mineral SPF 50 sunscreen serum enriched with essential multivitamins for everyday protection and a dewy glow. This lightweight formulation offers efficient everyday protection from environmental irritants like UVA and UVB radiation, pollution, blue light, and free radicals.
All these benefits of the ingredients listed in this article make them important in every skincare routine. This is because they ultimately improve the appearance of the skin and make the skin healthier.
Next time you shop for skincare products, don’t ignore checking the ingredient list and being on the lookout for important ingredients. You can also purchase some of the products recommended in this article because they contain these ingredients.
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