We’re all about non-chemical sunscreens, lavish masks, and regular facials. But truth be told, these healthy habits and elements of your skincare routine just scratch the surface. And skincare is so much deeper than that. From vitamin-rich serums and hydrating topicals, these are the skincare secrets you need to take your skincare routine to the next level.
Hyaluronic Acid for Hydration
You’re probably thinking, what is hyaluronic acid? Hyaluronic acid, also referred to as HA, occurs naturally in our skin and joints and works to bind water to keep our tissues well balanced and hydrated. It’s also what gives our skin its fresh, plump, and youthful look. As we age, our own natural production of HA begins to decrease. Applying HA is basically like giving your skin a big glass of water. Hyaluronic acid works like an absorbent sponge to retain water and keep your skin’s moisture levels high. And when our skin is hydrated signs of aging (such as fine lines) are dramatically reduced.
Hyaluronic acid can be applied directly to the skin in the form of a topical treatment like a serum, a supplement, or through professional injections. Topical serums deliver immediate results and are much less invasive. Adding HA to your skincare routine is the first step to more hydrated skin. Skincare experts advise adding an HA serum to your nighttime skincare regime after you’ve cleansed and toned your skin. Dry skin? Apply HA each morning and at night for best results.
Retinol to Rid Signs of Aging
Retinol works hard. A form of pure Vitamin A, retinol goes to work to increase cell turnover, improve discoloration, build collagen, hydrate dry skin, and it is even known to reduce acne. As we age, we experience a depletion of Vitamin A. And this occurrence leads to normal signs of aging. But signs of aging are no match for retinol. When applied topically, retinol has been shown to plump the skin and stimulate collagen — two very good things.
Skin experts advise sticking to a formula with 1 percent retinol or less. Sensitive skin? Don’t combine products with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur, or resorcinol. These ingredients are often found in acne treatment products and can not only increase irritation but decrease retinol’s overall efficiency. Dermatologists recommended applying retinolone to two nights each week in order to build up your skin’s tolerance. Then, up your frequency to every other night, eventually working your way to applying it nightly for glowing, younger looking skin.
Toners for Glowing Skin
In the past toners were extremely drying and astringent. But today’s contemporary toners do exactly the opposite. Many of today’s toners are packed with ingredients that range from acids and antioxidants to glycerin and anti-inflammatories. The fast-penetrating liquid hydrates skin and removes dead cells from the surface of your skin for fresh and dewy looking skin. And, toner is basically a primer for the next steps in your skincare routine.
Dermatologists advise using toner after cleansing and exfoliating your skin. For best results, use a cotton pad and apply to wet skin; toner can penetrate much better when the skin is moist. Dull skin? Look for toners with ingredients like papaya extracts and lactic acid. These natural exfoliants do wonders to brighten dull skin.
From toners and hydrating hyaluronic acid, these skincare essentials will have you on your way to healthy, glowing skin in no time.