By now, we are sure you know about the importance of having a dedicated skincare routine. This is the only ticket to have clear, healthy and glowing skin. But just like everything else in life, this comes with its own set of terms and conditions.

Before you freak out, let us tell you that it is not what you think. With skincare there are only two conditions – diligence and using products with the right skincare ingredients. While there is little we can do about the diligence part, we can surely help you decipher what those essential skincare ingredients are, without which your skincare routine won’t be as effective. Read on to find out.

 

01. Antioxidants

Involve Antioxidants in your skin care routine

Your skincare routine should definitely have one or two products that are rich in antioxidants. Also known as skin protectors, these include ingredients such as vitamin C, green tea, liquorice, etc. These ingredients protect your skin against environmental aggressors such as dust, dirt, pollution and sun damage. Therefore, we would recommend you to look for moisturisers and sunscreens that are rich in antioxidants.

 

02. Skin-restoring ingredients

Involve Skin-restoring ingredients in your skin care routine

We’ve already mentioned the importance of introducing anti-ageing products in your skincare routine once you hit 23 years of age. And what do anti-ageing products mostly contain? Skin-restoring ingredients that help stimulate the skin’s natural collagen production. How cool is that? Therefore, ensure that your anti-ageing products contains retinol or niacinamide to deliver amazing results.

 

03. Skin-strengthening ingredients

Involve Skin-strengthening ingredients in your skin care routine

An effective skincare routine helps form a skin-barrier to trap moisture in and prevent other environmental aggressors from creating havoc on the skin. These ingredients also ensure that your skin looks extremely soft, healthy and glowing. Ingredients such as glycerine, hyaluronic acid and omega fatty acids play an important role in protecting the skin’s barrier.

 

04. Skin-exfoliating ingredients

Involve Skin-exfoliating ingredients in your skin care routine

If you are a skincare enthusiast, we are sure you’e heard of chemical exfoliators. What are they? Well, these are just like your usual exfoliators, except they do not contain harsh exfoliating beads. This makes them extremely gentle and can be used almost every day. AHAs and BHAs are the two main chemical exfoliants that are suitable for normal and dry skin and oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin type respectively.