The democratisation of beauty, in recent times, has made it possible for you to buy individual skincare ingredients, suited for your complexion, at an affordable price. While this enables you to live your best skin life, the reality is that the endless choices and the number of skincare ingredients sold have made shopping for skincare all the more confusing.
But here’s the catch, if you learn to identify exactly what ingredients your skin needs, and understand how to factor them in your daily pregnancy skincare regime, then the entire task of shopping for skincare becomes easier, plus you achieve the best skin results—a glowing and radiant complexion. Here’s where cocktailing skincare ingredients come into the picture!
Cocktailing skincare ingredients are just what you imagine it to be—mixing skincare ingredients to make new solutions tailored to your pregnancy skin concerns. This process also helps maximise your skincare to gain concentrated benefits. To help make this process simpler, we have shared all the secrets to cocktailing skincare ingredients, and how they benefit your skin.
Ingredients to look for: Vitamin C, ferulic acid, squalane, bakuchiol, hyaluronic acid, natural vitamin E.
In the morning: Opt for a face cream that’s sole purpose is to hydrate your skin and prevent free radical damage. A natural vitamin C face cream is great for this. It has fatty acids, such as ferulic and squalane that help cocoon the skin in the morning, lock in as much moisture as possible and prevent free radical damage caused due to the sun’s rays and pollution.
At night: Gently exfoliate your skin twice or thrice a week to get rid of all the dead skin cell build-up and boost collagen production to enhance radiance. Stick to a gentle exfoliant that is AHA-rich and contains antioxidants, such as coffee and cranberry seeds that are less likely to irritate your skin.
If you want to maximise hydration, add a natural age control night cream to your routine. Make sure the cream has pregnancy-safe ingredients like bakuchiol (a natural alternative to retinol), hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E that revitalise your skin, support the protective barrier, and prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by contributing to the skin cell turnover process.
Ingredients to look for: Vitamin C, ferulic acid, niacinamide, SPF (UVA and UVB), licorice extracts, chamomile, and calendula.
In the morning: The best treatment for hyperpigmentation is antioxidant-rich serums, hence, you should opt for a natural vitamin C serum that also contains ferulic acid and squalane. These ingredients help neutralise the free radicals, prevent sun-induced damage to the skin, and also help fight dull and brown spots on the skin to reveal a more even-toned and radiant skin.
Apart from an antioxidant-packed serum, SPF is key to protecting hyperpigmentation-prone skin. Wear SPF daily and look for a product that offers broad-spectrum protection against the sun rays, is mineral-based, and contains anti-inflammatory and skin-calming ingredients like licorice and calendula.
At night: During your PM skincare routine, you can include a soothing vitamin C face wash with orange peels and willow herb that gently exfoliate your skin, remove dirt, oil, and impurities, and give you a soft, and dewy complexion.
You can end your skincare routine with a serum packed with active ingredients, such as niacinamide, squalane, and zinc. All these ingredients are great for even toning your skin, improving hydration and firmness, and reducing blemishes and pigmentation caused by acne, or environmental triggers, such as the sun or pollutants.
Ingredients to look for: Green tea, aloe vera, niacinamide, squalane, willow bark, kaolin clay.
In the morning: A green tea-enriched face cream can be really beneficial in treating acne-prone skin. In fact, green tea is anti-inflammatory, so it can boost wound healing, soothe swelling or redness, and prevent hyperpigmentation. Use the powerhouse ingredient with other antioxidant and antibacterial ingredients like willow bark, niacinamide, and aloe vera moisturise your skin, regulate sebum production, and nix acne-causing bacteria to prevent breakouts.
At night: Use a gentle face scrub, such as a natural green tea face scrub twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells and allow your skin to regenerate. Make sure the face scrub contains AHAs, as they are great for exfoliating acne-prone complexions and soothing inflammation.
Additionally, acne-prone skin may become easily dehydrated, so look for a light moisturiser with an oil-free finish. You can opt for a natural oil-free moisturiser packed with potent antioxidants, such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, squalane, niacinamide, and aloe vera that help reduce acne and minimise the appearance of large pores, soothe irritated skin, and improve firmness to reveal an overall toned and radiant complexion with a matte finish.
If cocktailing skincare ingredients can offer maximum skin benefits, then we are all in for it! Plus, there’s a solution for every skin type. All you have to do is determine your skin type and what ingredients suit best on your complexion, and optimise your routine with appropriate pregnancy skincare products to get clear, nourished, and dewy skin.
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