In a previous blog post, we discussed some common ingredients found in skin care. By breaking down their uses and benefits, we hope to help illustrate what ingredients you should be looking out for and how they affect the skin. This blog post will focus on broadening our skin care dictionary to help improve your knowledge of different ingredients and formulations. Keep up to date with the most effective combinations to suit your skin concerns! 

Niacinamide

Niacinamide, also referred to as vitamin B3, is well known for being a holy grail ingredient in skin care due to it having a wide range of benefits for the skin. Niacinamide is a water soluble vitamin commonly found in animal byproducts, but can also be sourced from certain nuts and vegetables. Niacinamide helps to maintain healthy skin by protecting its outermost layer from environmental pollutants – it restores lost moisture while strengthening and repairing the epidermis. Its anti-inflammatory properties are effective against acne, discoloration and rosacea, but it is most commonly known for its pore minimizing effects. Niacinamide is suitable for virtually all skin types and concerns. 

Retinol

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, an ingredient known to be highly effective in treating acne, hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging including wrinkles, fine lines and sun damage. It is one of the most effective active ingredients found in skincare and is famous for its corrective abilities. Retinol helps to prevent the natural breakdown of collagen and promotes healthy cell turnover to improve elasticity and plump the skin. While not always suitable for sensitive skin, retinol is a must have ingredient in your skin care routine. If you want to learn even more about retinol and its benefits, we have a previous blog post breaking down how this powerful skin care ingredient works for you. 

Peptides

Peptides are a compound that occurs naturally in our bodies, however, they’re becoming increasingly popular in cosmetics as they contain a number of benefits for the skin. Peptides are also referred to as polypeptides and are essentially amino acids linked together to create a chain. This chain creates building blocks for proteins to form and develop. One of these proteins is collagen, arguably the most important protein for keeping the skin youthful and healthy. Products with peptides help to increase skin elasticity, reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines, and can even repair damaged or uneven skin. Look for moisturizing products containing peptides, such as serums and creams, to help treat issues related to aging and skin discoloration.