Vitamin A – Retinol is derived from Vitamin A and can increase cell turnover. Retinol is proven to reverse signs of ageing including sun damage, visible lines, pigmentation and more. Murad Skincare Retinol range (code ASHH10 for 10% off ), Strivectin s.t.a.r. light Retinol Night Oil (very light dry oil – suitable for all skin types) and The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid are ones to check out in this category.
Hyaluronic Acid – If you want skin that’s hydrated, plump and glowing, a hyaluronic acid serum will do all of that and more, due to it’s ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in moisture. So if you’re noticing more fine lines, or your skin’s looking a little lack-lustre, you need to add Hyaluronic Acid to your beauty regime. When skin renewal takes place, hyaluronic acid makes it look plump and healthy. These are some of the good ones to check out – Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive hydration serum, Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Liquid rehydration serum, DayTox Hydrating H Serum and Clinique Moisture Surge auto replenish moisturiser.
Honourable Mention – If you have sensitive dry skin, Caudalie’s New S.O.S. Intense moisturizing cream from Vinosource range is a good one to try. The key ingredients are Borage Oil, Vinolevure, Olive Squalene and Organic Grape Water and Polyphenols that together provide moisturising and anti-oxidant properties.
Vitamin C – Vitamin C not only helps with cold but the topical application helps in collagen production and reduces signs of ageing including scarring, visible signs of sun damage, damage caused by free radicals and more. Vitamin C products also help in brightening skin and making it more even. Vitamin C helps in better skin regeneration. Some of the Vit C serums to check out are SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF, Omorovicza daily Vitamin C Serum, DayTox Vitamin C Serum .
Collagen – Collagen is a major component of your skin. It plays a role in strengthening skin, plus may benefit elasticity and hydration. As you age, your body produces less collagen, leading to dry skin and the formation of wrinkles. However, several studies have shown that collegen peptides or supplements containing collagen may help slow the aging of your skin by reducing wrinkles and dryness. Ingenious Beauty Ultimate Collagen+ supplements stand out in this category.
Zinc – We do not hear a lot about Zinc in our skincare but it is an absolute essential ingredient in our SPF and Blemish treatments. Mineral zinc oxide based sunscreens are considered the ‘safest’ option for sensitive skin, and if your skin is inflamed, sore or in any way sensitised on the daily after using a chemical SPF, switching sunscreen formulas could be the first step in calming skin. REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 has 22% Non-Nano naturally derived Zinc Oxide that protects against UVA & UVB.
Zinc also helps in healing wounds faster. Zinc has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help to alleviate active acne and has potential to reduce sebum production. One to check out in this category is The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% .
Until next time, Ashh xo
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