We hear and read about certain skincare ingredients as beneficial, but what do they actually DO for us? Why are they often hyped, or seen in so many different products?
Here I explain three popular ingredients that we often see featured or listed in our skin care, and how we've used them here at Gin Amber Beauty.
Let's start with Vitamin C:
It can come in several forms--Gin Amber Beauty chose to use the form that was most bio-available and appropriate for use after microneedling. Vitamin C is that it is "the only antioxidant proven to stimulate the synthesis of collagen, minimizing fine lines, scars, and wrinkles."*
According to board-certified dermatologist Patricia Wexler, Vitamin C is also "a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals. Because of its antioxidant properties, vitamin C aids in your skin's natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells."* It's the premier ingredient for attacking the effects of sun exposure. It is used to reduce hyperpigmentation and to brighten skin tone.
The natural acidity of Vitamin C also helps it to "slough away dead cells from the skins surface leaving it brighter and smoother. This in turn speeds up new cell regeneration."
If I had to pick one favorite ingredient, it would be Hyaluronic Acid:
When we are young hyaluronic acid is abundant in our skin and joints. Hyaluronic acid is a component of the body's connective tissues, and is a cushioning and lubricating agent. It's a polysaccharide (sugar), and can hold up to 1000 times it's molecular weight in water! Hyaluronic acid penetrates the skin and binds water to skin cells, infusing all layers of the skin with valuable, rejuvenating moisture.
Hyaluronic Acid's hydration benefits creates a plumping effect on skin. And, when the skin is protected and hydrated, increased skin cell production can take place, as the skin isn't busy fighting for hydration. This leads to smoother, plumper skin cells. Often used in combination with other ingredients, such as Vitamin C, because it assists product penetration.
Hyaluronic Acid is an ingredient in many of my products, but it is the featured ingredient in my favorite Advanced Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
And finally, Peptides, the favored ingredient for older skins and for layering:
Peptides are another highly beneficial skin care ingredient. Peptides are chains of amino acids that act as building blocks of proteins such as collagen, elastin and keratin. When they are in a short chain of amino acids, they are able to penetrate the top layer of our skin and send signals to our cells to let them know how to function.
When applied topically via skincare products, peptides can galvanize cells to perform specific functions such as building collagen and elastin, which results in plumper, more youthful and elastic skin. Peptides also tend to be well-tolerated by all skin types, even sensitive skin.
Peptides help other ingredients do what they are supposed to do.
One of my favorite serums to use in the Aqua Stamp is my Natural Peptide Serum. Check out the ingredient list for this silky serum that is designed with microneedling in mind.
I HOPE THESE EXPLANATIONS HELP YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR SKINCARE PRODUCTS JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER. PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK THE INGREDIENTS IN MY SKINCARE LINE. MANY OF THEM ARE DESIGNED TO WORK TOGETHER AND TO OPTIMIZE YOUR MICRONEEDLING PRACTICE!