Want better skin this year? To do so, you need to find the best ingredients for skin improvement. Check out our guide below.
Can you believe it? In the blink of an eye, 2017 is done. It’s at this time that the resolutions start flowing and if you’re anything like us, you probably want to achieve better, brighter, and dewier skin this year.
Whether you’re starting out small by trying to just have a steady routine or if you’re really looking to target specific issues, adding in an antioxidant or a detoxing ingredient just might help you reach your goals quicker. To help you choose the right one for your skin concerns, we’ve broken down the best ingredients to target them.
If you want to target fine lines…
It’s a bummer, but as we get older our bodies start to break down, and for the skin this means loss of elasticity, collagen and subcutaneous fat, which can lead to wrinkles, fine lines and sagging. Free radical damage accelerates this process by breaking down collagen proteins and enhancing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. To combat this you’ll want to have powerful antioxidants in your routine to protect against these damaging effects.
To target fine lines, look for products rich in berries. These fruits contain massive amounts of antioxidants, including resveratrol. Resveratrol is rich in polyphenols and works by protecting your skin from UV radiation, bad bacteria, stress and infection. It does this by scavenging for free radicals and preventing their formation.
The Neogen Cranberry Foam Cleanser contains fermented cranberries along with antioxidant-rich cranberry water and extract to go to work at preventing signs of aging without stripping your skin of its natural oils. It also gently exfoliates with the help of papaya fruit water and deeply hydrates with hyaluronic acid, making this the perfect, gentle cleanser to use when double cleansing.
To really target fine lines and wrinkles, you need to add the Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence, an antioxidant powerhouse, containing bifida ferment lysate, saccharomyces ferment filtrate, and rice ferment filtrate which go to work hydrating, plumping and illuminating the skin. This essence is fragrance free and contains 93% naturally fermented ingredients, including 17% birch juice, which is another powerful ingredient that is purifying and contains a slew of amino acids, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants to keep skin looking glowing and fresh.
If you want to banish acne and blackheads…
Dust, cigarette smoke and general pollution can leave your skin clogged, which can result in acne and blackheads. Charcoal is an excellent ingredient that works by pulling toxins from the skin, leaving it feeling clean and refreshed. If you’re suffering from blackheads then it’s worth it to include this powerful ingredient into your routine.
The Erborian Black Soap is perfect for oily and combination skin since it contains deep-cleaning charcoal along with acne-fighting centella asiatica extract and brightening licorice root extract to leave your skin feeling clean but not stripped. Antioxidant-rich charcoal will dive deep into your pores while keeping excess sebum in check, ultimately helping to reduce the appearance large pores while keeping acne at bay.
The Neogen Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser is another great cleanser option featuring charcoal and various fruit extracts rich in antioxidants vitamin A, C and E. This innovative cleanser contains a blend of carbonated water, kaolin clay, and centella asiatica along with charcoal powder to eliminate excess sebum and dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and inside the pores. The clay turns into a foam, effectively drawing out dirt as well as pollution and toxins from the skin while also leaving it feeling nourished.
If you want to lighten pigmentation…
Environmental pollutants and free radicals can also reduce our skin’s ability to heal efficiently, which can lead to pigmentation and acne scars. To combat this, reach for products rich in the antioxidant vitamin C. This ingredient is one of the most well known and researched antioxidants and has been proven to protect us from UV photo-damage, increase collagen production, and help to reduce hyperpigmentation. Unfortunately, as we age, the vitamin C in our body starts to naturally decline so it’s important to regularly add a vitamin C to your routine.
If you want to to target dark marks and acne scars, reach for the Cosrx Triple C Lightning Liquid. It contains 20.5% of pure ascorbic acid—the purest and most effective form of vitamin C you can find. What makes this serum so special is not only that it contains a high concentration of vitamin C, but that it’s also formulated with 72% of black chokeberry extract which is also full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals necessary for the skin. Together, these antioxidants work to reduce inflammation and bring radiance back to the skin while also treating and preventing pigmentation.
Another excellent antioxidant to fight pigmentation is green tea. This famous ingredient helps to prevent premature aging and reduce inflammation. Green tea is also antibacterial and has high levels of amino acids, vitamins, and caffeine, all of which have unique benefits on healing, hydrating, depuffing and detoxifying the skin.The Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Green Tea will not only provide a strong dose of antioxidants for your skin but also help it to repair itself, making it easier to get rid of acne marks and pigmentation quicker. Plus, these Neogen pads exfoliate skin and slough off dead skin cells, leaving those pesky marks looking brighter than they did before.
If you want to alleviate dry, flaky skin…
Daily environmental and internal stressors can leave your skin looking dull, flaky and dry, and the best way to combat this is by infusing it with nourishing antioxidants. The Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off helps combat dry, flaky skin by polishing away dead skin cells. Removing dead skin cells helps to increase the efficacy of your other products. This delicious-smelling exfoliator contains strawberry seed and oil which are packed with polyphenols to protect skin as well as produce anti-inflammatory effects. Strawberries are also rich in vitamin C to increase collagen protection and effectively plump skin.
Green tea can also help to force feed moisture and essential antioxidants to the skin. The Manefit Natural Gift Green Tea Pore Care Sheet Mask is a cooling, hydrogel mask that contains real whole green tea leaves, green tea extract, and evening primrose oil which helps to reduce inflammation, de-puff, and soothe acne-prone skin. This mask will help to banish dry, flaky skin in under 20 minutes.
If you’re serious about taking care of your skin in the new year, then it’s time to add these essential ingredients to revitalize skin and have it look brighter, happier and healthier in no time!