Saturday, June 23, 2018

Skincare Products Ingredients And How Long They Take To Work.

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1. Alpha Hydroxy Acid: Alpha Hydroxy Acid is a skincare ingredient that chemically exfoliates the skin. Adding AHA to your daily skincare routine will slough off the dead skin cells and as a result, reveal more radiant and glowing skin.

Use: Exfoliate
Results: Right Away

2. Ceramides: Ceramides helps to hold the skin together. They form a protective layer and help plump the skin and retain moisture. A lot of the best moisturizers out there contain Ceramides. Ceramides are naturally found in the skin. Think of it this way, the skin cells are the bricks, and Ceramides are the mortar holding the bricks together. 

Uses: Moisturizes and Protects
Results: A Few Minutes

3. Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic Acid is naturally occurring in our body. Our body produces approximately 15 grams of hyaluronic acid; one-third of which is synthesized every day. Hyaluronic acid is a natural lubricating fluid found in our skin, eyes, joints, connective tissues, and fluid.

As we age, our skin's moisture reduces, hence the appearance of wrinkles, sagging skin, and fine lines. Our skin loses elasticity, so opting for skincare products that are enriched with the vital ingredient hyaluronic acid can help your skin maintain it's youthful, bouncy texture plus your skin will be literally plumper. I am an advocate for using hyaluronic acid for your skin in your mid-20's and upwards. 

Uses: Plumps Skin
Results: A Few Minutes

4. Salicylic Acid: Obtainable from raspberries, cucumbers, tomatoes and red grapes, salicylic acid finds application with combination skin (dry and oily skin) and as well, standalone oily skin – both of which are known to be prone to acne and breakouts. Aside from the exfoliation of skin, it would treat the issue of breakouts by ensuring that the clogged pores are kept open and allowed to ‘breathe.’ Best skincare for acne should contain Salicylic Acid. 

In the same vein, this acid would build up the elasticity of the skin, while also keeping the collagen content in check.

Uses: Treats Acne
Results: A Few Hours

5. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is also known as L-Ascorbic acid. The sheer number of antioxidants present in this organic acid makes it suitable for anti-aging procedures. Vitamin C would brighten the skin tone and prevent damage from UV rays. Collagen build-up is also supported by Vitamin C, alongside the prevention of inflammation in and around the skin. The best part of it is that just anyone can make use of Vitamin C.

Uses: Brightens Dark Spot
Results: 3 Weeks

6. Benzoyl Peroxide: Benzoyl Peroxide is used to treat mild to moderate acne. They come in different strength from 2.5%, 5.0% to 10.0%. There is no evidence that the lower strength is more effective compared to the higher strength. With using benzoyl peroxide acne treatment, the difference is that the higher strength might be more drying for your skin compared to the lower strength. To avoid drying start with the lower concentration, so your skin adjusts to the drying effect then you can build up to the higher level.
Consult your doctor before using products containing Benzoyl Peroxide. 

Uses: Treats Acne
Results: 12 Weeks

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Do you use any of these ingredients to treat your skin? 


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