My Thoughts on Skin Care Regimes
When it comes to skin care I am a great believer of less is more.
What I mean is choose the correct ingredients. A skin care regime does not need to be over complicated with 10 steps, but targeted to your concerns and what your skin needs. I have 2 Active ingredient skin care products that for most skins will have a wonderful anti-aging effect. For some skins that are extremely sensitive or have barrier function breakdown I would not recommend, seeking consultation from your dermatologist or skin specialist is necessary.
The number one ingredient that is a must for me is Vitamin A, Retinol, retinoic acid and retinoid are some of the other terms for Vitamin A.
Vitamin A primarily encourages healthy skin production. It does most of its work at the dermis and epidermis level of skin (the top 2 layers). It helps with exfoliation at the top layer thus over time you will see a reduction in pigmentation, the darker spots attributed to sun damage that become more prevalent with age. Helping to turn over skin in a healthy cycle will also begin to reduce pore size over time. Deeper down it is stimulating fibroblasts, the cells that are responsible for collagen and elastin promotion thus keeping skin healthy and firm. It will also help reduce oil production in the skin so is a well used product for congested and acne prone skins.
My number 2 product of choice is Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) due to its anti-oxidant properties and its essentialness for collagen biosynthesis makes it an important daily addition to the skin care regime. It helps to protect cells and keep them healthy so they can maintain optimum function; it works on Type 1 and Type 4 pro-collagen synthesis. What does this actually mean? That vitamin C is a powerhouse in addressing skin tone, combating free radicals that damage cells normal function, brighten and increase firmness through collagen production with repetitive use.
Vitamin A is added at night post cleansing of the skin and vitamin C added in the morning post cleansing of the skin. Moisturising and SPF application are also part of the regime, but today the highlight is on the Active Vitamins needed for actual measurable results in your skin care regime.
Hope this is helpful and reduces your 2 hour 10 step regimen to keep your skin care habits easy and maintainable. Buy only the ingredients that scientifically have the research to back the claims of improvement to your skin. Finally, seek professional help with your products if you don’t know where to start or have problematic skin.
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