Skin Expert Gives a Quick Ingredient Check For Your Fave Beauty Products

Anti-ageing retinoids to skin-brightening serums, a dermatologist shares what skin ingredients to look out for when splurging on your beauty haul. 

When it comes to skincare, the key is to keep it simple and find your holy grail products packed with the most potent ingredients. So, we spoke to medical and cosmetic dermatologist Dr Veenu Jindal to know exactly which ingredients to look out in your beauty products:

Skin Expert Gives a Quick Ingredient Check For Your Fave Beauty Products

Scroll down to run a quick ingredient check on your skincare products to see if it has what you need!

Hyaluronic Acid for dry skin

Dr Jindal says, "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."

Vitamin C for pigmentation

"This is a very powerful antioxidant. It protects against sun damage and pollution and brightens the skin. I would recommend applying a Vitamin C cream or serum as the first layer after your washing face in the morning and then proceeding with other skincare products."

Salicylic Acid for acne and large pores

"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 for anti-ageing

"This is 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 thirty and should be used as a repair molecule at night. Do note that your skin may take some time getting used to this molecule. So, 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."

SPF for skin protection

"Applying 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. It also prevents patchy pigmentation on the face."