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With so many skin care products on the market, it’s impossible to figure out what you really need.
Some skin care routines (like the Korean method) have 10 or more steps!
In this segment, beauty guru David Pollock cuts to the chase: Which ingredients are essential for smooth, glowing skin?
- Hyaluronic Acid
“One of the most important ingredients, one of my favorites, is hyaluronic acid,” David shares. “It is found in almost every cell of your body. It’s what Mother Nature uses to take and bind 1000 times its weight and moisture at the cellular level.”
With that much moisture-retaining power, hyaluronic acid is especially perfect for smoothing fine wrinkles and replenishing dull, dry skin.
“This is a key ingredient in serums and moisturizers to help draw moisture out, bind it to the skin, and help plump up the skin, help it look moist, help it stay moisturized,” David says.
- Vitamin C
You don’t have to feel under the weather to get the benefits from Vitamin C. .
Vitamin C is excellent for the skin, especially when it comes to aging and sun damage. “It’s a powerful antioxidant and so it’s going to fight the signs of aging,” David says.
And you can get your daily dose of Vitamin C in a variety of ways. Take a supplement or use a serum – you’re still reaping the benefits.
“Vitamin C, whether it’s from orange juice or however you’re getting it, it’s going to work from the inside out,” David explains. “Topically, you’re going to have great results when you put it onto the skin.”
There are also several different types of Vitamin C which vary in purity and potency.
“The purest and most potent is l-ascorbic acid,” David says.
- Glycolic Acid
Physical exfoliants are great, but sometimes you need a chemical exfoliant to go deeper into the skin’s surface to get rid of dead skin.
Glycolic acid is one of the best chemical exfoliants around.
“It’s the smallest molecule, which means that it’s going to go to the lower layers and it’s going to loosen that bond to the dead skin cells,” David explains.
And as harsh as glycolic acid may sound, it’s actually gentle enough to use at home.
“You don’t have to hump to the large peels or necessarily get them done at the doctor’s office… those have their place and are great to do,” David says. “A light level of glycolic use several times a week, and you’re going to see such a great difference and more radiance to your skin.”
Worried that these products may not be strong enough for you? Retinol may be more of your strength.
“The items from earlier are more for those in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and up,” David says. “Retinol is for those with more damage as you get into your 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s – you get the deep wrinkles.”
Retinol is well-known for its anti-aging properties, but use this one with caution. It can be dangerous to be exposed to the sun’s rays after application. And just a little goes a long way.
“You’re going to want to find something that’s 0.5-1%,” David suggests. “It doesn’t take much.”
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