3 essential ingredients your skin needs to be healthy
Building a skin care routine can be quite tricky, considering that all brands are pushing their products through TV ads, social media ads and, more recently, Instagram influencer posts. Even without marketing distracting you, picking the right cream or treatment is still difficult, because ingredient labels are hard to read and you may not always know which ingredients your skin needs to be at its best.
Every person is different and your skin may have unique requirements depending on your diet, job and lifestyle, but, for a basic moisturizer suitable for daily use, you can’t go wrong with these three ingredients:
If you remember your MCB 354 lecture in college, you probably know that peptides are actually fragments of proteins made up of amino acids. As we age, the peptide building blocks naturally found in the skin start to weaken and, as a result, you will notice the first wrinkles, texture changes, and wrinkles. To help the skin revitalize these peptide building blocks and regain elasticity, use a moisturizer that’s rich in peptides. Some of the best peptides for skin include copper peptides, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Silk fibroin peptides, and Matrixyl-3000.
Your skin is what protects you from the environment. Pollution, UV rays and free radicals put a lot of oxidative stress on your skin, which, in time, leads to acne, clogged pores, loss of elasticity, and wrinkles. To counteract the effect of free radicals on your skin, use a moisturizer that’s rich in antioxidants. Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as natural extracts from green tea, cranberry, goji berries, and blueberries, can keep your skin plump and glowing, help treat acne scars and heal the skin after sun damage.
50% of your skin’s composition is made up of ceramides. These lipids occur in the top layer of the skin and they protect it from environmental factors. Ceramides reduce moisture loss and reduce the harmful effects of pollution and sun damage. As we get older, the concentration of ceramides starts to deplete, which means that you have to supplement with skincare that’s rich in these lipids. However, it’s not just age that affects your skin’s natural barrier. Prolonged sun exposure is also responsible, leading to premature aging, so don’t forget that no matter how many high-end creams you use, you should never leave your house without a thick layer of SPF.