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A-Z of Skincare Ingredients

A-Z of Skincare Ingredients
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Knowing your skincare ingredients can help you make the right skincare choices for your skin type. Whether you need hydration or a skin detox, this simple A-Z guide of skincare ingredients will make finding your perfect products a breeze.

A - Vitamin A

A wonderful ingredient for mature skin. Vitamin A helps skin cells to reproduce normally, boosting cell regeneration which promotes the radiance and vitality of your skin for a more youthful complexion.

B - BHA (Beta-Hydroxyl Acids)

BHAs (Beta-Hydroxyl Acids) works to exfoliate the skin below the surface for a deeper, pore-refining cleanse. As BHAs are oil soluable, they penetrate deep into the pore lining, dissolving blackheads and clearing clogged pores. Perfect for those who suffer from acneic skin.

C - Vitamin C

Vitamin C is the one ingreditent we all know is wonderful for our skin. Not only does Vitamin C improve the moisture levels in our skin to keep it plump and glowing, it also protects the skin against environmental aggressors. An absolute skincare essential for city girls.

E - Vitamin E

Another wonderful vitamin which helps to prevent the signs of premature ageing. Vitamin E is an excellent moisturiser and works to ensure your skin stays hydrated and silky soft throughout the day. It is also a wonderful anti-inflammatory, soothing and nourishing the skin for a smooth, even appearance.

F - Ferulic Acid

Antioxidants are essential in your skincare routine if you long for youthful, radiant skin. Ferulic Acid, a highly potent phytochemical, is found in the walls of plant cells and is integral to the plant's ability to protect and preserve itself. These wonderful properties are equally beneficial for your skin as Ferulic Acid promotes the skin's regeneration and works to repair pre-existing damage from the sun and other environmental aggressors.

G - Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid is one of the most common forms of AHA (Alpha-Hydroxyl Acid) found in skincare. When Glycolic Acid comes into contact with the skin, it works to lift and remove dead skin cells for a refined and renewed complexion. Known to help your skin glow, Glycolic Acid is perfect for dull, lack-lustre complexions.

H - Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most transformative ingredients in skincare. A large sugar molecule which is found naturally in our bodies to hold moisture in between our skin cells, it is essential to the plump, hydrated appearance of our skin. In our skincare, Hyaluronic Acid helps our skin to retain moisture, leaving our complexions glowing.

J - Jojoba Oil

Another beautiful moisturising ingredient. Jojoba Oil is included in many moisturising products, from hair conditioners to lip balms, to really boost their nourishing qualities. Due to its likeness to the sebum our skin naturally produces, Jojoba Oil is easily absorbed into the skin and hydrates the skin without feeling heavy.

L - Lactic Acid

A more gentle AHA than Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid is perfect for ageing and mature skin types. Working to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin, Lactic Acid is the perfect inrgedient to add to your skincare regime if you wish to boost the youthfulness of your complexion.

M - Moringa

Moringa Seed Extract helps to protect the skin against environmental aggressors and damage. Moringa infused skincare is often extremely moisturising, nourishing the skin without leaving it feeling greasy making it perfect for all skin types.

R - Retinol

A chemical from the Vitamin A family, Retinol is a must-have ingredient to include in anti-ageing skincare routines. Working to smooth out the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and diffusing pigmentation, Retinol really is a super-ingredient in skincare. Backed by many skincare specialists, including celebrity facialist Shani Darden, Retinol truly has the power to transform your skin.

S - Salicylic Acid

The must-have ingredient for those suffering from acneic, problem-prone skin. Salicylic Acid is a BHA (Beta-Hydroxyl Acid) which congests the skin, reduces the production of sebum and lifts dead skin cells and impurities for a clear, refined complexion. Unlike many acne-fighting ingredients, Salicylic Acid also soothes the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties, calming the appearance of irritated skin. Its anti-bacterial properties help to keep the skin clear, making it a wonderful acid for problem-prone skin.

Z - Zinc

Difficult, problem-prone skin can often become sore and irritated as a result of the attention it gets as we touch it frequently or use overly harsh products to reduce its appearance. Incorporating Zinc into your skincare routine can help to soothe and calm the skin, making it the perfect ingredient in topical treatments for irritated, chapped skin.

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