Like our DNA, everyone’s skin is different from the next. When it comes to skincare, it’s the ingredients we should start taking more notice of, rather than the products itself.
Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme, Medical Director Adonia Medical Clinic explains; ‘Good skincare with effective products and ingredients can make all the difference to your skin and skin concerns. In my experience using the wrong products can play havoc no your skin: milia, acne, sensitivity and pigmentation can all occur when using the wrong products or using them incorrectly. The converse of this is using good skincare, with effective ingredients made from your skin type can have dramatic results.’
Salicylic Acid is perfect for people who suffer from oily and acne prone skin. It’s advisable to use 2% skin to help reduce the appearance of pores and calm acne breakouts.
Murad Time Release Blemish Cleanser (£30) this effective cleanser treats the skin throughout the day, treating acne without drying the skin.
Lactic Acid is derived from milk and unlike many acids Lactic acid is used as a hydrating exfoliator. It’s good for people who suffer from sensitive skin can help to brighten dull and uneven complexions.
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA (£5.99) is a lightweight yet gentle serum, it stimulates cell regeneration to reduce pigmentation and can diminishes acne scars and age spots. With purified Tasmanian pepperberry it helps to reduce signs of inflammation. Unlike AHAs such as glycolic acid, lactic acid is a bit milder and good for those who suffer from sensitive skin.
Hyaluronic Acid has an endless list benefits, its the ultimate skin hydrator. It improves the texture of the skin and helps promote skin cell regeneration and can be used on all skin types including sensitive.
Medik8 HYDR8 B5™ (£40) one product everyone should have in their beauty cupboard! This multi-weight hyaluronic acid draws and binds water from the atmosphere into the skin, it’s enriched with vitamin B5 to improve skin’s water retention and regeneration, skin is left plump and noticeably hydrated. The fast-absorbing, silky-smooth serum softens fine lines and wrinkles to leave skin supple, restored and nourished.
Perfect for all skin types include sensitive.
Retinol is perfect for anti-aging. It helps visibly diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, increase the appearance of firmness, improves uneven skin tone, smooth and refine the surface of skin.
Institut Esthederm Intensive Retinol Cream (£59) evens out the skin’s texture, smooths wrinkles and strengthens the skin’s tonicity. Stimulates on the surface of the epidermis to smooth lines and leaving your skin feeling rejuvenated. It improves the elasticity of the skin, giving it a firmer and denser look.
Vitamin C is used to reduce free radicals which can cause sensitivity, pigmentation, and anti-aging. Combined with your sunscreen to further protect skin from the sun.
Obagi 10% Professional C Serum (£68) is gentle enough for dry, sensitive and reactive skin. Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals to prevent skin cell damage. It can help prevent premature signs of aging and protect the skin against future damage. It helps lighten and brighten skin for more even tone.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a more stable form of vitamin C yet it’s an effective antioxidant for skin. It has the same benefits as Vitamin C to boost skin collagen synthesis but is effective in lower concentrations. It’ helps brightening skin and can be used on sensitive skin.
Image Skincare VITAL C Hydrating Antioxidant A C E Serum (£75) with vitamins A, C, E, and a power blend of plant antioxidants including green tea and Echinacea extracts that help to reduce visible signs of aging such as fine lines and dryness. Bearberry extract naturally helps to brighten skin’s appearance. A complex of five amino acids supports healthy collagen and elastin.
Azelaic Acid is primarily used to treat rosacea as it has incredible anti-inflammatory powers, but it is also known to ease acne-prone skin. The antibacterial qualities help to prevent clogged pores by killing any bacteria to reduce white and blackheads.
REN Clean Skincare Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic (£25) this super-effective AHA + BHA skin-resurfacing tonic is formulated for daily use. It brightens complexions, refines skin texture and minimises the look of pores and helps to boost radiance and even out skin tone.
Zelens Z Bright Set (£235) this multifunctioning set provides everything you need to keep your skinlooking visibly brighter, radiant and luminous.
The PHA+ Bio-Peel Resurfacing Facial Pads with salicylic acid and lactic acid gently exfoliate the skin without irritation.
The Z Luminous Brightening Serum with niacinamide helps brighten and even skin tone while reducing the appearance of pigmentation.
The 3t Complex Essential Anti-Aging Cream with ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains hyaluronic acid which leaves skin hydrated and younger-looking.