“Use a vitamin C serum but don’t forget to use sunscreen after that. Actually, never mind, skip vitamin C in the daytime and use it at night when your skin needs it the most.” What’s the correct age to start using a certain acid? Do you use it before or after applying toner? How many of us have felt uber confused hearing similar things and ravaged the internet for answers? We’ve all been there, haven’t we?
So let me break it to you in a simple way. Skincare is a MUST and everyone should have a routine. What you add on to it at a later stage totally depends on your skin concerns and preferences. However, if you’re someone who’s looking for a miracle cream which will help with severe acne, this article is not for you. In such cases, your dermatologist is your best friend. Especially when your wedding is a few weeks away.
1. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)
What is this conundrum and what does it do? Almost all of us have used or heard of face scrubs which contain walnut particles. The physical particles which rub against the face feel great because of the smoothness one feels on the skin however, these end up doing more harm than good. If the particles are not of the same size, it can lead to micro-tears which result in irritation or inflammation. So what does Alpha Hydroxy Acid do? It is supposed to be a chemical exfoliant that helps with unclogging pores and exfoliation of dead skin without the harsh scrubbing. So if that is something you suffer from, look for products that have lactic, glycolic or malic acid in it. If you’ve suffered from pigmentation or sunspots, this is something you could look into.
2. Hyaluronic Acid
If you’re someone who’s suffered from dry or dehydrated skin, products which contain hyaluronic acid will be an ideal choice. A moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid will help retain your skin’s hydration level. Hyaluronic acid has an impressive capacity of holding onto 1000x its weight in moisture. You can look for serums and moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid, doesn’t matter if you’re a normal, dry or oily skin type.
3. Vitamin C
If having a bright and glowy skin is in your wishlist then adding a vitamin C serum into your skincare collection is what you need to do. Anyone who’s suffering from dull-looking skin needs to try out products that contain a stable vitamin C. Please do not confuse this with rubbing a lemon all across your face. For vitamin C to work, it needs to be in a stable form. You also need to do a bit of research because nowadays plenty of products claim to contain vitamin C. Another thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that using vitamin C by itself won’t work. You MUST use sunscreen post-application. This acts as a barrier from the harsh sun rays and helps you fight the signs of ageing.
Retinol was a star product for most skincare enthusiasts in 2018. Why? Because it is a powerful ingredient. Retinol has had an impression of being way too strong and most people get impatient when it comes to letting this ingredient do its magic. Retinol helps in boosting collagen and if you’re someone who’s had a bad run with acne, ask your dermat if you can start using retinol.
Excited to know more about these skincare wonders? Let us know in the comment section and remember that your skin can heal and repair itself if you don’t tug and pull at it. We don’t claim to be skincare experts but these are simple ways in which you can experiment and see for yourself, what may or may not work. However, we do not recommend you to take any step without consulting a dermat. You want to be able to look and feel with zero stress on your mind!
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