Three Ingredients Every Skin Needs Lifestyle, Natural Beauty, Skin CareBy Green Goodness CoAugust 17, 2021 Share To aid in the quest for healthy optimal skin, there are a few key ingredients that you can add to your daily routine to boost the functionality of the skin. No matter what skin ‘type’ you have, each of these nourishing ingredients will take your skin next level. Vitamin C & E Is essential for the synthesis of collagen. Is an excellent antioxidant (free radical scavenger) and aids in disruption of melanin synthesis in melanocytes, reducing signs of pigmentation. A well formulated and potent vitamin C is clinically proven to have great anti-ageing benefits. And here is a fun fact: the human body cannot store Vitamin C, so if you are using one, please ensure that you are using a highly formulated serum to ensure that the benefits are reaching the dermis to be used by the skin, and not sitting on the surface of the skin which in turn will actually cause over sensitivity (redness) or give the look of blackheads – remembering that Vit C can’t be retained in the skin, so if it’s not delivered properly then it will be oxidised and sit on the skin. Vitamin E backs up Vitamin C in the skin and body. It has the ability to rapidly scavenge radicals thereby terminating the chain reaction that is damaging cell membranes. Vitamin A Also commonly referred to as Retinol, (which is a pure source of Vitamin A) stimulates skin fibroblasts to increase collagen and elastin production. It exfoliates the skin through stimulation of cellular renewal, and as with Vitamin C, a potent and well formulated Vitamin A is clinically proven to have anti-ageing benefits. However, yes it’s important to have a vitamin A (or Retinol) in the skin, but you must be careful and use appropriately (as directed by your Dermal Therapist) as over use can lead to over sensitised skin, thinning skin and skin that is extremely sensitive to pigment through sun damage. Fun Fact: The highest dosage of vitamin a that is allowed over the counter in Australia (through beauty clinics for example) is 1%, anything higher than that is required to have a prescription from a doctor. A dosage higher than 1% seems like nothing, however when you’re playing with new generation technology and with ingredients penetrating to lower levels of the skin it’s actually very strong and harmful if used inappropriately. When using with Vitamin A, it’s good to understand that a fine balance and that “too much of a good thing” can be true with this ingredient. Don’t be scared off however, as it is amazingly complementary on most skin types, as long as it is respected and used as directed – we don’t want you to be over enthusiastic and end up with peeling/shedding/redness. Best to always work with your application using the guide of once a week to begin with and work up from there depending on how your skin takes it in. It’s also an ingredient that must be used in the evening. *note – Vitamin A and Retinols must not be used while pregnant, breastfeeding, IVF Hyaluronic Acid A very commonly used ingredient is most skincare ranges and treatments due to its incredible ability to deliver and retain hydration within the skin. Hyaluronic Acid is a molecule that holds 1000 times in weight in water! It aids in boosting the plumpness of the skin, as well as re-establishing the skins natural hydro-balance for an improved skin texture, suppleness and luminosity. If you walk away with nothing else from this article, please take this ingredient and add it to your routine! You will be SO amazed and happy that you did. POPULAR TAGS | goodness pick, Main, discover, trending Green Goodness Co Green Goodness Co is your ultimate source for curated news on real food, fitness, wellness, health, mindfulness & green beauty. We’re dedicated to sharing all you need to know about goodness in your city.