5 Good Skin Ingredients to Look Out For in Your Skincare Products

From moisturising Hyaluronic Acid for soft, supple skin to brightening Vitamin C and anti-ageing retinoids, run a quick ingredient check on your skincare products to see if you have the right mix!  

5 Good Skin Ingredients to Look Out For in Your Skincare Products

Hyaluronic Acid

HA is a wonder molecule for hydration. It holds water a thousand times its own weight to make the skin look supple and plump. It should be used daily in the morning to reap its full benefits. HA is a must after procedures such as chemical peels and derma roller as it penetrates deeper and enhances the results of these treatments as well as makes recovery fast.

Sunscreen (SPF)

Sunscreen is the single best thing you can do for your skin. Applying sunscreen daily means delayed photo ageing and reduced risk of skin cancers. Applying sunscreen also prevents patchy pigmentation on face.

Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid which has a high affinity for sebum. It clears up the pores and remove excess oil and thus prevents acne breakout and minimizes pore size. It is great as a mini at-home exfoliation. Salicylic preparations are available in the form of cleansers, toners and gels.

Retinoids

The ultimate anti-ageing molecule. It increases the cell turnover, ensures even skin tone, smoother texture and decreases fine lines. It is a must-use after the age of 30 and should be used as a repair molecule at night. But the skin takes some time getting used to this molecule and I advise all my patients to slowly upscale the application time. Another good way to beat sensitivity is to use a method known as ‘Retinoid sandwich’ meaning, apply a moisturizer 1st followed by retinoid and then moisturizer again.

Vitamin C

A very powerful antioxidant. Protects against sun damage and pollution and brightens the skin. Has to be applied as the 1st layer after washing face in the morning.