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You finally have a solid skin care regimen in place. It is consistent. It is thorough. What’s missing? Well, while having a persistent skin care routine is the first step, it is important to check your products to ensure you are including all the ingredients that are crucial to achieving that glowing healthy skin that we all want.
Introducing… the Fab Four
Here are the top four ingredients that we recommend you have in your skincare routine:
ZINC OXIDE or TITANIUM OXIDE
This is one of the major ingredients in sunscreen so there should be no shock here. These two ingredients help protect the skin from the harsh rays of the sun. They prevent skin cancer, sunspots, wrinkles, dilated capillaries, and more. Many people avoid using sunscreens in their skincare routine due to the unappealing white cast that is left on the face after application. Luckily, Anikabeauty sells SPF by the brand Suntegrity that gives you all those major benefits from zinc oxide, without leaving you with that pale white finish.
Retinol is one of the key ingredients to help benefit mature or aged skin. Retinol helps stimulate cell turnover and help get rid of any hyperpigmentation on the skin. It even speeds up your body's ability to produce collagen which is a major structural protein in the skin. While retinol is a great ingredient for everyone, not everyone can use it the same amount. Some complexions can tolerate this ingredient every day of the week, while others will get much more irritation from this much usage. Start by gradually adding it to your routine and see what your skin can handle. Use a pea-sized dollop once a week and then each week try adding a day. Your skin will build up a tolerance and this way you can see how much your skin can handle without irritating it. Anikabeauty offers a product called the Skin Renewal PM that is an excellent source of retinol to add to your skincare routine.
The body's natural way of hydrating the skin is by producing oils. As we age, this process slows down, and we need to use other ways to get that extra boost of moisturization. Hyaluronic acid is a very effective way to moisturize the skin. It locks in all that moisture that your skin needs. Studies have found that using hyaluronic acid for two-, four-, and eight-week periods, increased skin elasticity, decreased roughness of the skin, and overall left the skin much more hydrated than before. It is best to apply this ingredient while your skin is still wet so the molecule can bring in some of that excess moisture. Anikabeauty offers quite a few products that contain hyaluronic acid including Hyaluronic Complex, Hyaluronic Eye Creme, and Hyaluronic Mask.
The golden ingredient in slowing the aging process is Vitamin C. It helps all different skin types synthesize collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein in the body, and it helps the skin maintain its strength and elasticity. Vitamin C helps increase the amount of collagen production which results in plumper skin and a decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With 90 percent of aging coming from exposure to the sun, this ingredient will help combat that. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals which can result in hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. A few of Anikabeauty’s products that contain Vitamin C are as follows: Ultimate Ferulic C & E Serum, and Ultimate Ferulic C and E Firming Creme with Phloretin.
These four ingredients will keep your skin looking youthful, glowing, and most importantly, fabulous.