We’ve all seen our favourite influencers raving about a few ingredients all over social media. While we see their skin gleaming post-application, the question remains – how does that ingredient do it? Let’s all dive deep and understand the science behind four well-loved ingredients on the internet.
Retinol, also known as vitamin A, is a mild exfoliant that has loads of skincare benefits. Small molecules of retinol reach deep within the surface and stabilise free radicals that could be causing harm to your skin. Usage of retinol triggers collagen production, improves the elasticity of the skin and makes your skin plumper. Due to the contribution to increase collage, retinol is a great ingredient to fight premature ageing. It can diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, large pores and texture on the skin. Retinol is very tricky when it comes to pairing with other ingredients. However, there are some ingredients that can work like magic when paired together.
2. Tea Tree
Tea tree extract or tea tree oil is an all-time favourite pick to treat acne. It’s chockful of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial properties that soothe, heal and clear the skin. All these benefits effectively fight acne and help your skin look healthier. It’s also a great pick for oily skin as it regulates oil production and combats excess sebum secretion.
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 and is water-soluble in nature. This hero ingredient is an oily skin favourite as it absorbs excess oils from the skin. However, it is not an ingredient only for oily skin. It comes with various other pros that can be beneficial for almost every skin type. It helps restore the skin barrier to treat hyperpigmentation, acne, irritation and inflammation. Niacinamide also boosts the production of collagen to improve the skin’s texture. Overall, niacin leaves your skin very soft and impeccable!
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4. Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that is found in a bunch of OTC skincare. It is well-known for its exfoliating and skin-clearing benefits. It works marvellously on blackheads, whiteheads and clears breakouts trapped underneath the skin. This can gently remove dirt trapped in your skin and unclog your pores. It works by seeping deep into your skin and dissolving dead cells, dirt and oils trapped into your pores. This ingredient can be found in cleansers, serums, lotions and spot treatment ointment. Depending on the severity of your acne, you can pick a formulation of your preference or consult a dermat for the same.