The Fantastic Five of Skincare
We have access to all the information in the world with social media and the web at our fingertips. We are constantly exposed to information and opinions that we use to shape our lives every single day – that is why when it comes to skincare, it is hard to know what’s right and wrong based on the enormous influx of information about it.
Skincare is unique to everyone, just like a fingerprint – everyone is different and should have their own tailored skincare routine. Skincare is confusing to navigate on your own, so here we have compiled a list of the five ingredients that are the basic skincare essentials for everyone.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential ingredient that should be in everyone’s skincare routine. Suitable for most skin types, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is capable of regenerating, brightening, and boosting skin cells. It has amazing anti-aging properties and can also be used to reduce pigmentation. Look for products that contain Vitamin C or try to eat citrus fruits like oranges and berries to get your intake up.
Retinol has many anti-ageing benefits as well as acne-fighting and brightening properties. Retinol stimulates cellular turnover and helps to increase collagen production for softer lines and wrinkles, and a brighter and more even skin tone and texture. The key to using retinol is to start slowly and be persistent with the results – retinol is a marathon, not a sprint.
- Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is an exfoliant and is widely used for anti-aging and treatment of acne and hyperpigmentation. It helps to produce increased amounts of collagen. Using Glycolic acid and Retinols at night is the best time as they can be skin sensitising, so exposure to direct sunlight after application is not recommended.
- Hydraulic Acid
Hydraulic acid is a naturally occurring sugar molecule found in all of our bones and cartilage, but mostly in our skin, It is essential to the skin’s framework and has been proven to provide deep hydration that keeps the skin supple and firm. Hydraulic acid holds moisture in the skin, which helps maintain its plumpness and keep the skin looking refreshed and youthful.
With UV exposure accounting for up to 80% of the visible signs of ageing, sun protection has never been more important, especially here in Australia. Protection is key – be sure to apply sunscreen every day, rain hail or shine, and look for products that contain SPF+. Make sun protection the final step of your skincare routine – your future skin will thank you.
Book a consultation with Dr Amy for help with forming your own individual skincare routine – get in contact with our friendly team today on 1300 123 852 xx