CHOOSING SKINCARE PRODUCTS: DO YOU KNOW WHICH ARE THE 5 STAR KEY INGREDIENTS THAT SHOULD BE IN YOUR SKINCARE?
With so many skin care products now available in the marketplace which are the 5-star key ingredients to look for that will keep your skin looking its absolute best?
1. Hyaluronic Aid
Optimal hydration is vital for skin health, and not forgetting to prevent premature wrinkles and lines. One of the best ingredients for your skins hydration is Hyaluronic Acid. It helps to keep your skin looking youthful, soft and radiant by retaining moisture in your skin.
Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Hyaluronic Acid is very well tolerated by al skin types and can safely be used even if you have oily acne prone skin.
We just love Medik8’s Hydra8 B5 serum – A powerful hydrating serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5.
2. Vitamin C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate)
You have probably heard of L-Ascorbic acid, Tetrahexyldecyl is an alternative form of vitamin C that’s more stable and lipid soluble. It has been shown to be up to 5 times more potent that L-Ascorbic Acid in stimulating your collagen production and also up to 5 times better penetration in your skin when applied.
Besides promoting your skins collagen production, it also reduces your melanin production, brightens skin, protects you from and repairs sun damage and other environmental damage that your skin is exposed to.
Our favourite Vitamin C is Medik8’s CE Tetra (higher strength, more potent) a powerful Vitamin C and Antioxidant serum.
3. Retinol (Vitamin A)
Retinol is a pure form of vitamin A which helps fight against premature aging and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol has been studied extensively and is proven to improve pigmentation, skin texture, skin tone as well as improve your skins hydration levels.
Retinol works by exfoliating your skin, stimulating collagen production and improving your skins appearance. The two challenges of using retinol are the potential skin sensitivity (redness, peeling, irritation, etc) and the instability of retinol as a chemical.
Medik8 has overcome this by using a time release delivery system via encapsulation to allow even dispersion of active ingredients to your skin. Besides preventing skin irritation, the encapsulation also improves the stability of retinol. The antioxidant vitamin E is added in Medik8’s retinol serums to improve the stability and shelf life.
You might want to check out Medik8’s Retinol 3TR/6TR (higher strength, more potent professional strength) advanced vitamin A serum that rejuvenates its skin at its most optimal time at night. Medik8’s retinol will remain active for 12 months due to its encapsulation whereas standard retinol becomes quite useless after as little as two months sometimes much less.
4. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA)
Your skin sheds skin cells every day however sometimes due to sun damage, irritation and other skin disorders this natural process is disrupted. This results in a skin which is flaky, clogged, uneven and dull.
Here’s where AHA & BHA comes to play to get rid of dead cell build up. What if you are already using a physical scrub such as a cleansing brush or facial scrub? Physical exfoliators only deal with the very top superficial layer of your skin. Unlike Chemical exfoliators AHA & BHA, physical exfoliators do not reach deep down to where the unhealthy skin cells build up.
Our clients can’t get enough of Medik8’s Pore Refining Cleansing Gel with AHA’s & BHA’s and Medk8’s pore refining scrub, a dual action exfoliating scrub which combines both physical and chemical exfoliation foe superior results.
If you are looking to brighten your skin tone or get rid of pigmentation then this ingredient is a must have in your skincare!
Oxyresveratrol is an ultra-effective skin lightening, depigment agent and potent antioxidant. It works by reversible inhibition of your skins tyrosinase activity. You may have come across skincare which contains resveratrol. Oxyresveratrol showed to be about 150-fold more potent in melanin inhibitory than resveratrol.
We highly recommend Medik8’s White Balance Duo Day & Night Moisturiser combining both Brightening and antiaging benefits using Oxyresveratrol and many other synergistic actives.