The amount of skincare products on the market today is incredible. While it’s wonderful to have so many options, the selection at the Medical Spa, the Department Store, and even stores like Ulta and Target can be completely overwhelming. And that’s before you’ve even looked onlne…
The good news is that while trendy products come and go, there are some products that have been recommended by dermatologists and skin care professionals for years. Here are my top product ingredients that everyone needs in their skincare routine:
Alpha and/or Beta Hydroxy Acids – There are a few different types of AHA’s – glycolic, lactic, mandelic and citric acids and the most common BHA is salicylic acid. Alpha Hydroxy Acids work by dissolving superficial dead skin cells. Benefits of AHA’s include brighter, clearer skin and with continued use a reduction in pigmentation (aka dark spots) and fine lines. Glycolic Acid is considered the strongest AHA, so if your skin is sensitive you may want to start with Lactic or Citric acid. Salicylic Acid works similarly to your AHA’s but it has the ability to get into your pores to dissolve oil and break down cellular debris that can lead to acne. My favorite AHA/BHA products are: SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser and Cane & Austin 10% Glycolic Retexturizing pads.
Vitamin C – The same vitamin that boosts energy and immunity is also a powerhouse in your skincare routine. Vitamin C reduces and prevents sun and acne spots and increases collagen production (i.e. reduces fine lines). Regular use of a high-quality vitamin C serum will have your skin looking brighter and firmer in the short and long term. Here are some of the most effective Vitamin C serums/creams: Skinceuticals CE Ferulic , Obagi Professional C Serum, and Citrix Vitamin C Pro-Collagen Brightening Serum.
Hylaronic Acid – The same ingredient used in fillers such as Juvederm and Voluma has benefits when applied topically to your skin. Hylaronic acid has the ability to hold 1000x it’s weight in water, keeping skin moisturized and supple. Hylaronic acid keeps collagen synthesis up which leads to a decrease in fine lines an wrinkles as well as an overall improved appearance of your skin. Hylaronic Acid serums/creams: Skinmedica HA-5 Rejuvenating Hydrator, Skinceuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid, Neutrogena Hydroboost Serum.
Retinol – Retinol has been an anti-aging superstar for years – because it really works. Retinol and Tretinoin (prescription grade version) are Vitamin A derivatives that are proven to boost collagen production, increase cell turnover and unclog pores. The results are a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles, decrease in skin discoloration and smoother skin. I use a Rx (Retin-A micro) but there are some great over the counter products as well: Skinceuticals Retinol, ROC Deep Wrinkle Serum, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair.
Growth Factors – Growth factors are naturally occuring substances capable of stimulating cellular growth and healing. They are a great ingredient for total skin rejuvenation as they communicate with your cells to create more collagen and elastin which in turn keep your skin looking younger and stronger. Here are some of the best products out there: Skinmedica TNS Essential Serum, Neocutis Bio-Cream.
A word on clinical grade skincare products – I realize they are pricey, however the results you get from them are worth it. I did try and link some more affordable options where I could, but high-quality Vitamin C and Growth Factors are expensive to make and that’s reflected in their price points. As always, please feel free to reach out to me by email, DM, or leaving a comment below.