Agree to disagree, skincare isn’t a priority yet for most people. On that note, how many of us actually know what our skin type is? We may not follow a 10-step Korean beauty routine but most of us don’t follow a basic CTM routine either. We at POPxo believe that knowledge is power. The more you learn to love your skin, the more equipped you’ll be to treat it. We all suffer from skin woes like acne, hyperpigmentation, clogged pores and inflammation. But how many of us know the right ingredients that will treat each of these concerns? Right now, the Indian beauty market is booming with products that have wonderful ingredients in them. Finding the right kind of skincare for your skin type has never been easier. Today, we’re going to teach you a little more about 5 of the most popular ingredients in skincare!
You’ve heard of these names before, but today, you’re going to learn about them in-depth. Let’s go!
Did you know that hyaluronic acid is a gooey substance that’s actually produced by your body? It’s found in your connective tissues, eyes and skin. One of its main jobs is to retain water and make sure that your tissues are moist, hydrated and well lubricated. In order for your skin to absorb the product better, the product needs to be applied to damp skin.
Key benefits: Keeps skin plump and hydrated, takes care of fine lines and wrinkles, reduces inflammation.
Best suited for: For all skin types.
When to use it: Once in the morning and once at night.
Vitamin C is loved for its antioxidant properties which are essential for the skin’s regeneration process. If you have dull, tired skin, Vitamin C can do a fab job at brightening it over time. While it fights dark spots, it also protects your skin from the sun! However, when using Vitamin C serum in the AM, make sure you apply sunscreen after.
Key benefits: Brings back the glow, fights dark spots, fades acne scars and hyperpigmentation and protects the skin from UV rays.
Best suited for: For all skin types.
When to use it: In the morning or at night.
Think of retinol to be this elixir of youth. It targets certain skin concerns like acne, sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin. When applied to your skin, it stimulates the elastin and collagen production. Retinol is often added to creams and it focuses on improving skin’s texture and colour. The best age to start using this product is when you’re 25 or above.
Key benefits: Improves skin’s texture, prevents premature ageing and acne.
Best suited for: Mature skin, damaged skin.
When to use it: At night, but don’t forget to use sunscreen the day after as retinol can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
You’ll fall in love with glycolic acid if your skin is suffering from discolouration, scars, fine lines and wrinkles. Obtained from sugarcane, it’s one of the best products to use for heavy-duty exfoliation as it helps remove product residue and dead skin cells. After using the product, you’ll notice that your skin looks brighter and oh-so-fresh! An easy way to add this ingredient to your skincare routine is to use a Glycolic acid-infused toner.
Key benefits: Reduces the appearance of scars, blemishes and large pores.
Best suited for: Acne-prone skin, dull and congested skin.
When to use it: At night and use sunscreen the day after.
One of Salicylic acid’s main jobs is to dissolve skin debris that clogs pores and gives birth to acne. However, it does not kill bacteria but helps individuals deal with acne-prone skin. If you have swelling or redness, or a zit that won’t leave you be, salicylic acid will take care of that. Salicylic acid is best used to treat inflammation, texture or acne in the form of a spot treatment or a face mask.
Key benefits: Unclogs pores, gets rid of acne and improve’s skin’s texture.
Best Suited for: Oily and acne-prone skin.
When To Use It: At night & use sunscreen the day after.
Always remember to do a patch test before you include any new products into your skincare routine. And never skip your sunscreen!
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