The Beauty Ingredients You Need For Every Skin Problem

 

We’re uncovering the secrets to great skin

 

 

Enter the world of beauty ingredients, where acids fight pimples and enzymes brighten skin tone. We break them down for you, from which skin problem they’re used for to what they exactly do. Plus, what else you can do in case topical gels and creams won’t cut it any longer. You’re welcome!

 

Acne

Spots and pimples that appear on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest and upper arms. Can occur at any age

 

Causes: genetics, that time of the month, anxiety and stress, hot and humid climates, oil-based makeup and (ironically) popping those pimples

 

What you need: Products with these ingredients

• Resorcinol: helps break down blackheads and whiteheads
• Benzoyl peroxide: kills bacteria, accelerates the replacement of skin and slows the production of sebum
• Salicylic acid: assists the breakdown of blackheads and whiteheads and helps reduce inflammation and swelling
• Retin-A: helps unblock pores through cell turnover
• Azelaic acid: strengthens cells that line the follicles, stops sebum eruptions, and reduces bacterial growth. There is cream for acne, but other forms are used for rosacea

 

Celeteque Acne Pore Minimizing Serum 20ML

 

Pond's Acne Solution Kit 100Ml

 

Snoe Beauty

Shoo-zit! Don’t Bother Me! Dip & Dry Acne Drying Lotion

 

 

Dull and Uneven Skin Tone

Uneven, patchy complexion that makes you look older than you actually are

 

Causes: Pigmentation, aging, dehydration, stress

 

What you can do:

• Regular exfoliation to slough off the top layer of dead skin. Doing so regularly also helps boost circulation and improves skin’s texture
• Exercise to keep your blood flowing
• Eat well and healthy because what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on skin

 

What you need: Products with these ingredients

• Glycolic acid: exfoliates and effectively removes outermost layer of dead skin cells for brighter, fresher skin
• Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA): reduces wrinkles, drynes, age spots and acne
 Lactic and salicylic acids: treats dry, rough and scaly skin; lactic acid is also a chemical peel and is the gentlest of its kind 
• Fruit enzymes, like papaya, pineapple and blueberry break down keratin protein to reveal smoother skin
• Sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect against both UVA and UVB rays
• Serums (because they penetrate deeper into skin and contain more active ingredients) with soy, bearberry, liquorice and ellagic acid to inhibit the enzyme that activates pigment creation
• Creams (for best results, layer on top of serum) rich in skin lightening ingredients like niacinamide, arbutin and glycerrhinates
• Hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and E as they all improve cellular oxygenation
• Cucumber, glycerin, algae and salicylic acid to gently soften and hydrate skin
• Night cream packed with antioxidants like vitamins A to C and E as well as botanicals like green tea, grape see extract, resveratrol, pomegranate and aloe vera for a burst of hydration
• Vitamin B3 or Niacinamide to maintain skin’s moisture barrier and encourages natural exfoliation
• Omega-3 fatty acids for smooth, nourished and even-toned skin

 

Avon

Naturals Algae Hydration Sheet Mask (1 x 20 mL)

 

Naruko

Magnolia Brightening & Firming Serum 

 

VMV Hypoallergenics

ILLUMINANTS+ Advanced Brilliance Treatment

 

 

Oily Skin

Excess oil produced by skin that can lead to blemishes and acne flare-ups

 

Causes: Menstrual cycle, stress, the weather, cosmetics that clog pores

 

What you can do:

Cleanse face in the morning and at night and make sure to do so with warm water, not hot!
Tone to clean face further; some skin experts recommend astringent toners for oily skin to dry out the skin and for its anti-bacterial properties. Just remember not use excessively as it can over-dry skin

 

What you need: Products with these ingredients

Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid or beta-hyrdroxy acid as they’re great for acne and keeping oiliness at bay 

 

Elizabeth Arden

Visible Difference Oil-Free Cleanser

 

AVEDA

Botanical Kinetics Purifying Gel Cleanser 150ML

 

NUXE

Aroma Perfection Cleansing Gel

 

 

Wrinkles

Fold, ridge or crease in the skin

 

Causes: Age, facial muscle contractions (smiling, frowning, squinting, etc.), sun damage, smoking

 

What you can do (since we’re talking about treatment and not prevention):

Dermabrasion (scraping layers away) and chemical peels (dissolving skin away) to improve skin’s surface
Laser skin resurfacing (ablative laser), which is similar to the procedures above but may require some downtime for healing
Non-ablative lasers to stimulate collagen growth but does not involve removing surface layers of skin. Though results are not as dramatic
Botox injections, which lessens ability of selective muscle movement to ease the appearance of expression lines around the eyes, forehead and mouth
Fillers, which are injected into skin to improve appearance of wrinkles and lift hollow areas of skin, with some having the ability to stimulate collagen formation

 

Aesthetique

Revitalize Microdermabrasion Kit + Skincare Line

 

 

 

But while modern science and technology have allowed us to look our best, it’s always wise to consult with your doctor first. Meanwhile for skin gels and creams, especially those containing strong acids that may irritate skin, make sure to do a patch test before actual use.