Back To The Future: Traditional Active Ingredients That Still Amaze
The skincare industry has grown and transformed over the years. Skincare labs are always on the look-out for new ingredients, but sometimes the oldies remain the goodies. They're back in your products, having been refined for maximum effect. Here's a closer look at these skin-saving superheros!
1. Hyaluronic acid, the moisturising powerhouse
Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in your skin. It helps your skin to remain toned, elastic, and hydrated, leaving your faces youthfully plump and smooth. Overtime its levels drop, usually caused by free radicals that develop when you are exposed to the elements (sun, pollution, etc.). Scientists hit the nail on the head when they began to include it in skincare formulae, as this molecule is able to harness water and keep your skin moisturised. In other words, hyaluronic acid is molecular sponge that can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water!
The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Filler Serum is 10 times more concentrated with hyaluronic acid than the average L’Oréal Paris day cream. The Filler Serum helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, re-plumps your skin with moisture, and leaves you with bouncier skin and fuller looking contours.
2. Vitamin C, the glowing skin star
Dull, tired, worn-out skin? Vitamin C to the rescue! Vitamin C is present in your diet (cabbage, citrus fruits, spinach, broccoli, peppers) but also in a derived form in your skincare treatments. Also called ascorbic acid, vitamin C is the skin-brightening active ingredient par excellence. It detoxifies and revives the epidermis, whilst evening out your complexion. A tried and tested radiant skin lifesaver.
3. Retinol, the wrinkle-busting winner
Retinol prevents wrinkle-causing cracks that appear in the dermis and also protects your skin from the ageing effects of UV rays. A real multi-tasker, it smooths and brightens skin thanks to its exfoliant properties. It also works on a deeper, dermal level where it boosts collagen production and combats visible signs of ageing. It smoothes away wrinkles, evens out skin tone, and regulates melanocyte (AKA pigment) production.
4. Glycolic acid, the King of Scrubs
Glycolic acid breaks down the 'glue' that sticks dead cells together, meaning it works as a natural exfoliant. This boosts cell renewal so that your skin remains healthy and glowing. Wrinkles are reduced, our skin's pH level is stabilised , acne scars fade, and pores remain grime-free. A tried and tested exfoliant that will leave you with supple, baby-soft skin.
5. Panthenol, sensitive skin's BFF
Panthenol is an active ingredient suited to the most fragile and sensitive of skins. It is so kind that it can even be used on babies to soothe and moisturise their skin! This is why it works wonders on irritated, sensitive, damaged, or acne-prone skin. Panthenol reduces water loss, which in turn leaves your skin soft, elastic, supple, and comfortable.