Updated: Dec 27, 2019
What are Active Ingredients ?
And how they benefit your skin
Most skin care products today have active ingredients.
Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), Beta hydroxy acid (BHA/Salicylic acid), Retinol, Hyaluronic acid, L-Ascorbic Acid and more. These ingredients Actively work on your skin by targeting pigmentation, fine lines, boosting collagen and elastin and other skin problems. When using products with active ingredients its advised to use a moisturiser with spf in your morning regime to avoid skin irritation and to achieve the better results whilst protecting your skin.
• Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs)
Lactic acid, glycolic acid, citric acid, malic acid and tartaric acid penetrates into the skin. These ingredients give you a deeper exfoliation assisting in removing acne and unwanted blemishes, reducing pigmentation and fine lines, improving skin texture and elasticity.
• Beta Hydroxy acid (BHA)
Salicylic acid is a wonderful exfoliant that helps dissolve proteins that hold skin cells on the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin) together and slough them away. This ingredient is really beneficial for acne as it not only gives a deep exfoliation but it has been shown to reduce sebum (oil) production. Beta Hydroxy acid also helps with ageing and pigmented skin as it assists in skin cell turnover.
Retinol is derived from vitamin A , Vitamin A has a molecular structure tiny enough to get into the lower layers of the skin (dermis) where it finds its way to collagen and elastin. It is proven to improve fine lines and wrinkles, mottled pigmentation (patchy skin colour), skin hydration levels, skin tone and texture.
• Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is a gel like water holding molecule, a moisture binding ingredient that helps keep the skin plump and hydrated. Hyaluronic acid is a component of the body’s connective tissues. Hyaluronic acid improves skin hydration and production of collagen, maintain skin elasticity, fight free radicals and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
• L-Ascorbic acid
Vitamin C also known as L-Ascorbic acid penetrates into the skin and assists in collagen production which increases firmness in the skin. This rejuvenating ingredient also plays a part in the reduction of photo damage caused by UVB rays.
These are just a few of the Active ingredients in skin care products that we use on a daily basis.