THOUGHTS: The A – Z of Skincare

Buying the perfect skincare for your skin is such a daunting task. I’m not a skin care expert nor do I claim myself to be. I don’t even have a solid miracle stash until today. I have been using serums in less than a year and I still have a lot to learn.

The market is plagued with so much skin care products and I took the liberty to sum up all the common ingredients in a skin care to help me decide on the best product to buy and combine.

AZ

AZELAIC ACID

BEST FOR: Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Microbial.

ALSO: Cell turnover so scarring is minimized and fades marks

AHA (Alpha Hydrooxy Acids)

BEST FOR: Exfoliation, Cell Turnover for Brighter Skin

ALSO: Promotes Collagen and Blood flow, Corrects discoloration & age spots

BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids)

BEST FOR: Exfoliation

ALSO: Diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles,, improves dull skin tone.

DIFFERENCE WITH AHA: It is oil-soluble.

BAKUCHIOL

BEST FOR: Anti Aging (Retinol Alternative)

ALSO: Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant, Stimulates collagen and Increases cell turnover

BENTONITE CLAY

BEST FOR: Healing and Regeneration Process

ALSO: Shrinks, unclogs and tighten pores, promotes blood circulation and eases irritation

KAOLIN CLAY

BEST FOR: Blood Circulation

ALSO: Softens skin & draws out oil

RHASSOUL CLAY

BEST FOR: Removing impurities

ALSO: Evens out skin tone, stimulates blood circulation, redues flakiness

EMOLIENTS (Squalene, Lanolin, Paraffin)

BEST FOR: Softening the skin

ALSO: Improves dry and flaky skin

GLUTATHIONE

BEST FOR: Antioxidant

ALSO: Reduces pigmentation, brightens the skin, detoxifies the body

GLYCERIN

BEST FOR: Softens the skin

ALSO: Reduces appearance of wrinkles and slows down aging

HYALURONIC ACID

BEST FOR: Moisturizes skin

ALSO: Slows down aging and speeds up healing process

NIACINAMIDE

BEST FOR: Antioxidant

ALSO: Brightens skin, reduces pigmentation and minimizes pores

PEPTIDES

BEST FOR: Anti-aging

ALSO: Stimulates production of collagen, promotes skin firmness and seals mositure

RETINOL

BEST FOR: Anti-aging

ALSO: Promotes collagen and fades pigmentation

SALICYLIC ACID

BEST FOR: Removes impurities

ALSO: Removes excess oil, softens the skin and helps shed off dead skin cells

SQUALENE

BEST FOR: Hydration

ALSO: Reduces wrinkles and eliminate scars

VITAMIN C

BEST FOR: Skin Brightening

ALSO: Promotes collagen production, Boosts immunity & repairs body tissues

VITAMIN E

BEST FOR: Hydration

ALSO: Reduces UV Damages on skin and Anti Aging

I hope this helped you somehow. I know it cleared up some questions I have. Did I miss something? Please feel free to add in the comments below. I’d like to learn some more. ❤ 

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