You Need For
There are so many different products out there, each promising you the best thing imagined, but often times leaving you unsure of exactly which one to choose.
Ingredient recommendations are always being thrown around — “You need this acid” or “You should be using that oil” — but hardly anyone ever boils it down to a simplified check list. I always wanted a straight answer so I’m here to provide you with exactly that!
I don’t want to push a bunch of products on you or even give you a list of a dozen things that you would only use in an ideal world where managing your skin was your only task on earth. Instead, I narrowed it down to 2 ingredients that you should really make an effort to incorporate.
My dermatologist relieved me of my never-ending quest for a “must have” ingredient list when she told me the 2 most crucial things for flawless skin. (She also promised that I would have the most beautiful, youthful face if I follow this advice!)
HERE ARE THE 2 INGREDIENTS YOU SHOULD BE USING EVERY DAY:
#1 VITAMIN C
IN THE MORNING
Vitamin C performs a variety of functions within the skin, including stimulating new collagen, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, protecting the skin from environmental pollutants with its antioxidant properties, helping reduce visible discolorations on the skin and providing enhanced protection against UV exposure.
My favorite part about Vitamin C is how it protects against damaging free radicals that attack healthy skin cells and speed up the aging process. Not only does Vitamin C shield skin from sun damage and pollution, it actually reverses previous damage and acts as a skin lightener to fade dark spots.
Make sure to apply every morning to get the best level of protection against oxidative damage from sun exposure during the day!
Side Note: Your skin/body doesn’t produce Vitamin C on its own, so it’s absolutely necessary to use a topically applied method of delivery for optimal skin health (and no — oral consumption of Vitamin C does NOT have the same effect on the skin as topically administered Vitamin C).
SOME SUGGESTIONS ON HIGH QUALITY, NATURAL VITAMIN C SERUMS:
ONE LOVE ORGANICS
Vitamin C Facial Serum
This plant powered formula uses two potent sources of Vitamin C, as well as synergistic C boosters (organic green tea and Vitamin E), plus a clinically proven botanical active to increase luminosity and nourish skin for a more radiant, even-toned complexion.
Brighten Up Vitamin C Serum
This featherweight face serum brightens and evens skin’s appearance and tone. It's rich in antioxidants to help combat damage from free radicals and helps improve the appearance of skin's firmness and elasticity. You can use this alone as a lightweight anti-aging moisturizer, or layer beneath your favorite daily face lotion.
Vitamin C, E + Ferulic Acid Serum
This serum contains Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E in addition to Vitamin C, which actually boosts the Vitamin C's antioxidant and sun protection powers. All together, they create a potent anti-aging Vitamin C serum. As a bonus, it also contains green tea, neroli, lavender, astaxanthin (a very powerful antioxidant), and probiotics.
Beauty Elixir II
This serum uses Vitamin C along with Vitamin E to support your skin's collagen production. The formula is designed to fade blemishes and brighten the complexion. The serum also contains CoQ10 (antioxidant), fatty acids (helps with cell regeneration), and licorice (calms irritation). Fun fact — the Vitamin C is derived from pumpkin seed, prickly pear, rosehips, and cranberry seed oil.
I love this serum because it's 20% Vitamin C, 11% Hyaluronic Acid, and contains Astaxanthin (effective skin whitening agent), CoQ10 (protects against photoaging), Niacinamide (helps acne, aging, hydration, & discoloration), Purslane (heals wounds & helps inflammation), and Seaweed Stem Cells (detoxifies skin).
If there’s one anti-aging ingredient that’s been proven time and time again to help aging skin, it’s retinol. Retinol is a type of Vitamin A and belongs to the family of chemical compounds known as retinoids. This ingredient is particularly effective due to its small molecular structure, giving it the ability to penetrate deep enough beneath the surface of your skin to effectively stimulate collagen production and accelerate cell renewal and repair. In doing this, it smooths fine lines, wrinkles and creases, tightens the appearance of pores and improves skin tone in the process (it gradually disperses melanin clusters to even skin tone and fade dark spots).
Although it’s renowned for its line-smoothing effects, it also helps with acne and large pores. Here's how it works: Retinol sloughs away dead skin (cell turnover) to reveal newer younger skin. This process prevents excess oil build up and clogged pores (the main causes of acne) and simultaneously makes your pores appear smaller.
If you’re not an acne-sufferer, continually turning over your cells is still good news. Renewing the skin will reveal new, softer, smoother, more youthful skin with a rosy glow.
Many dermatologist believe that it’s better to use a low dose every day, rather than a high dose a couple times a week. This is the rule I live by and it actually allows your skin to retain all the benefits and get your cells to turn over more quickly. If you choose to use it nightly like me, just be sure you are using a low intensity one. IF YOU ARE BRAND NEW TO USING RETINOL: Begin your initial use with once or twice a week, gradually increasing frequency to every other night, then every night as tolerated.
SOME SUGGESTIONS ON HIGH QUALITY, NATURAL RETINOL PRODUCTS:
Multi-Vitamin Potent PM Serum
This serum contains potent 1% retinol which lessens and prevents lines/wrinkles and firms the skin, while the addition of CoQ10 reverses sun damage, Vitamin E protects from free radical damage, and Niacinamide increases moisture and suppleness.
Retinol Restorative Overnight Balm
This is the same brand as the above retinol product, but this is formulated as a balm instead of a serum. I don't know about you, but I love putting a balm all over my face (it just feels so good and really nourishes the skin)! This nourishing anti-aging night balm works to brighten and smooth the skin as the retinol (derived from carrots) helps promote a more even toned complexion and avocado butter & other rich plant oils moisturize and repair the skin. You'll wake up to replenished, supple skin.
Gentle Retinol Night Serum
This retinol serum has extraordinary age delaying capabilities. It's combined with powerful Vitamin A, C, and E to support superior collagen-building and deliver antioxidant benefits. Marie Veronique's high tech formula helps boost collagen production and speeds cell turnover with retinol and Vitamin C to aid in smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. It helps clear pores and control breakouts so it's excellent for those with acne. It delivers the same results as Retin-A products but without the irritation.
Vita Rich Creme
This creme naturally awakens skin's youth functions by nourishing, brightening, and smoothing the skin with retinol. It also provides environmental protection from free radicals with 150 phytonutrients, vitamins, hyaluronic acid, arcerola cherry extract, active raspberry extract, plum extract, & rose hip oil. The combination of these ingredients help reduce age spots & discoloration and improve texture and radiance.
DAY AND NIGHT
I use my vitamin C during the day to fight free radical damage and my retinol at night to stimulate my skin (you also don't want to go in the sun with retinol). Generally, you always want to use your more stimulative or aggressive ingredients at night while the skin is undergoing it’s repair process and resting. Your skin is already under “attack” during the day from the sun, pollution, bacteria, dirt, makeup, etc. so you don’t want to pile on one more thing for it to process. During the day, your skin has no choice but to play defense. At night, however, when it's taking a break from its protective role, it's more able to receive any kind of treatment you'd like to give it. Think, daytime is for protection and nighttime is for treatment.
I hope this advice simplifies things for you and is reassurance that you don't need to go out and buy 10 different creams and spend a fortune. Invest in the necessities (one Vitamin C product and one retinol product), then add on however much or little you please from there!