As you all know I’m a self confessed skincare addict. I also think I’m a know it all, but by no means I do not know it all. However over the years while battling to obtain clear skin I’ve learnt a few things about skincare. Today I wanted to share my understanding of skincare ingredients so hopefully you can make a more informed decision when purchasing skincare.
Salicylic Acid is targeted at acne/blemish prone skin as it penetrates deep into the skin. I’m not much of a fan of Salicylic Acid as I feel it just doesn’t work quick enough for my skin. The only product that I absolutely swear by that has Salicylic Acid is the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion which is a spot treatment.
Glycolic Acid is Alpha Hydroxy Acid used to obtain a gentle exfoliation action on the skin’s surface for anti-aging purposes. While I’m not at a stage where I’m thinking about anti-aging, I find it works amazingly with my skin. It literally clears up my skin and leaves it looking radiant. Some of my favourite skincare products with Glycolic Acid include; Alpha H Liquid Gold, Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peels*, Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser*.
Mandelic Acid is a relatively new acid in my life. Mandelic Acid is also an Alpha Hydroxy Acid but much more gentle than Glycolic Acid and it penetrates the skin less. Mandelic Acid is used for wrinkles and fine lines, hyper pigmentation and acne prone skin. I’ve been using the Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Lotion* which contains Mandelic Acid. This has been great at helping clear my skin of any blemishes and reducing any acne scaring.
Now something for people that don’t need to worry about clear skin. Hyaluronic Acid is targeted for people with dehydrated skin. I love to incorporate a bit of Hyaluronic Acid in winter when I pump up the heater and my skin is dying for some moisture. My favourite skincare products containing Hyaluronic Acid would be Neutrogena Hydro Boost, For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid Serum* and Indeed Labs Hydraluron*.
Ultraceuticals describes Vitamin A an excellent ingredient to treat dry skin, fine lines and sun damage by refining the skin’s surface. It will also increase skin moisture levels and leave the skin smoother, softer and younger-looking. My favourite Vitamin A product would have to be the Ultraceuticals Ultra A Serum*. For a cheaper alternative I also like Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturiser.
I almost forgot to include my beloved Rosehip Oil! Rosehip Oil was the first face oil I ever tried and the one I always go back to. Suitable for all skin types and great for reducing pigmentation while adding some hydration. My favourites include the Trilogy Rosehip Oil* and the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil.
Hope that gives you a better understanding of the various skincare ingredients to look out for.
*This product has been provided for reviewing purposes, all views and opinions are 100% honest.
**Disclaimer: All opinions are based on personal experiences, and are not sponsored. rachelbeautystyle is not a make up artist, beauty or skincare specialist and will not be held liable for any recommendations. Therefore try at your own risk.
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