Skin Care Ingredients

Understanding the latest ingredients in skin care products that will benefit your skin

Today’s skin care market is confusing to say the least! I have compiled a list of some ingredients which are tried and true and have clinical backing. I hope this may be of help to you.

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs)

Alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric, malic) have become increasingly popular in recent years. Creams, and especially serums with AHA’s,  may help with fine lines, irregular pigmentation and age spots, and may help to refine pore size and improve texture. AHA’s also contribute to exfoliation of dead skin cells on our epidermis. When adding a new product with  AHA, it is important to allow your skin to get used to the acids and you should only initially apply the skin care product every other day, working up to daily application. One of my favorite AHA home care products is my multifruit pumpkin complex. Details can be found on my website shopping cart.

Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is a lightening agent. It is used to lighten hyperpigmentation such as age spots related to pregnancy or hormone therapy (melasma). Or brown spots due to years of sun exposure. In addition, it can also lighten brown spots/scars caused by picking acne. Hydroquinone had gotten a bad rap, unfortunately. If used correctly, it is, by far, one of the most effective lightening agents on the market. My advice is to take a break from using it every so often. In addition, I would not use it while pregnant. But for the average person, I have found nothing else works to lighten brown spots like Hydroquinone. As always, daily use of sunscreen is essential!! I sell a wonderful  hq/retinol mixer antiaging/lightening serum (contains retinol and hydroquinone) Please see product details on my shopping cart.

Retinol

Retinol is derived from Vitamin A.  It is found in many over-the-counter anti-aging products. Tretinoin, which is the active ingredient in prescription Retin A and Renova creams, is a stronger version of retinol. I prefer the retinol over Retin A due to the fact that is is less inflammatory and causes much less redness and irritation to the skin. It is like a time release vitamin and releases it’s load on the skin not all at once as is the case with Retin A. Here’s why the skin responds to skin care products with Retinol: Vitamin A has a molecular structure that’s tiny enough to get into the lower layers of the skin, where collagen and elastin are produced. Retinol is proven to improve brown spots, stimulate cellular turnover, soften fine lines and wrinkles, improve texture, and improve your skin’s hydration levels. It is THE BOMB!!! I consider it to be the best anti-aging serum of all. I sell a fabulous Vitamin A intense and also the above mentioned retinol/hq mixer (has the lightening agent mixed in). Please see website (under products, for full details)

L-Ascorbic Acid

This is the only form of Vitamin C that you should look for in your skin care products. It is the only useful form of Vitamin C in skin care products. It is an anti-oxidant and fights the free radicals that we are exposed to all the time (sun, stress, pollution, alcohol, caffeine, prescription drugs, etc).  This form of Vitamin C helps greatly to neutralize the formation of these aging free radicals! Vitamin C has been shown to lighten hyperpigmentation and to build up the skin’s immune system. After having researched so many Vitamin C products, I sell Vitamin C intense. I also sell a Vitamin C with

Hyaluronic Acid

This substance is so amazing!  It is often layered on top of my Vitamin A and Vitamin C serums to assist in effective penetration. Hyaluronic Acid, also known as a glycosaminoglycan) is touted for it’s ability to “reverse” or stop aging. In news reports, you might have heard of hyaluronic acid as the “key to the fountain of youth.” This is because the substance occurs naturally (and quite abundantly) in humans and animals and is found in young skin, other tissues, and joint fluid. Hyaluronic acid is a component of the body’s connective tissues, and is known to cushion and lubricate. As you age, however, the amount of hyaluronic acid decreases. Therefore, it is now added to virtually every skin product. It has the ability to bind with moisture and pull it into the skin. I have researched one of the best hyaluronic acid serums called Dermist M3HA. It is pure hyaluronic Acid and has a fabulous price point! My favorite! See full product details on my website under products