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Skincare - and the Ingredients to Look Out For

Do you really know what you're putting on your face - day in, day out?

It's enough that we sometimes have to contend with pollution and harsh weather (like wind and the sun's rays); what about the ingredients that make up our favourite cleansers, toners, moisturisers and exfoliating products?

To help you, we take a look at some of the names you'll see crop up a fair bit in the ingredients lists of products - and how exactly they can help your skin.

As with anything, it's vital you start small and with caution with new skincare, testing products on your wrist or near your ear to work out if they're likely to cause any irritation. Do also be aware that not every ingredient will provide the same benefits for everyone. Read on...

Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

Often found in exfoliating products, Alpha-hydroxy Acids (or AHAs) can slough away the upper layers of the skin. Revealing a fresher, brighter and more refined complexion, these natural and synthetic ingredients work together to increase the firmness in the skin.

This product contains Alpha-hydroxy Acid, in the form of glycolic acid. Delivering the active hydroxy acid agents direct to the skin to help remove excess sebum, it'll soften any dry areas, too.

Benzoyl Peroxide 

A go-to ingredient for anyone suffering from acne or spots, Benzoyl Peroxide can be found in lots of medicated products which are suitable for anyone suffering with teenage or adult break-outs.

But what exactly is Benzoyl Peroxide? When applied to the skin, it acts fast, reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria by causing the skin to dry out slightly, or peel. If you're planning to try products featuring this ingredient, do make sure you proceed with caution, as it can cause irritation in many. Start by using a small amount and only once every couple of days.

Acnecide Gel is a Benzoyl Peroxide-based product formulated for acne-prone skins.

Hyaluronic Acid

Did you know our skin cells actually produce Hyaluronic Acid naturally? They do so in a bid to maintain moisture levels. But those levels can take a dip - and for all sorts of environmental reasons.

It's the reason why some choose to add the acid into their skincare routine - and it can bring about dramatic results.

Helping to maintain skin hydration, Hyaluronic Acid is believed to work wonders on pretty much any skin type, offering a radiant-looking complexion and softer skin. You can find the ingredient in this Revuele Hydralift Anti-Wrinkle Gift Set.

Do make sure you take a good look at the ingredients list to discover if this product is right for you though.

Retinol

Want a younger, softer-looking eye area? Retinol could help you achieve just that.

The ingredient is a weaker, over the counter version of tretinoin - a prescription vitamin A derivative that offers impressive results when trying to reverse sun damage and the signs of aging. It is thought to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, even out your skin colour, improve texture, stimulate blood flow and collagen production and tighten pores - and it's available in a host of products here on the site.

Salicylic Acid

Another favourite for acne-prone skin, this common ingredient can help dissolve the type of skin debris that can clog the pores and causes spots. Useful for whiteheads, blackheads and even cystic-type spots, this is often hailed as a wonder ingredient for those with problematic skin.

Have any more questions about the products you're using? Do not hesitate to get in touch with our team here at Chemist.co.uk and we'd be happy to see how we can help.

Until next time...

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately. The tips listed in this article are meant to be suggestions and should not be substitutes for medical advice.

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