Trending Skincare Ingredients 101
Scroll through the internet or flick through the pages of your favourite magazine and you will likely find a ton of advice regarding your skincare and beauty regime. It is no surprise that often times there is false information circulating in the beauty industry, there is a lot of advice and ‘facts’ out there that are either inaccurate or just plain wrong. One of the main issues is the conflicting information regarding various ingredients found in your skincare routine…
We understand how frustrating it can be to filter through all the information online so we are here to help you. We can help you understand the ingredients the truth behind their claimed benefits.
Curious to find out what some of the most popular skincare ingredients can do for you? Read on to find out everything you need to know!
1. Niacinamide | The truth behind the trending ingredient
What is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 and is utilised as a topical treatment in skincare. In general terms, it is an essential nutrient, which, aside form its incredible skincare qualities, helps lower the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer. It is a water-soluble vitamin, so our bodies do not produce it entirely on their own. This means that we primarily need to consume Vitamin B3 through foods or supplements. Or, in the case of our skincare, we can use it as a topical treatment to deliver the benefits of Niacinamide right where we want them.
What are the actual benefits of Niacinamide?
- Repairs the skin barrier
- Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
- Decongests pores
- Balances oil production
- Brightens skin and evens pigmentation
- Protects against sun damage and oxidative stress
- Treats acne
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2. Vitamin C | The power of the antioxidants
What is Vitamin C?
Antioxidants – we have heard them over and over again in the beauty and health industries, but what are they, why are they so important and where can we find them?
We all know that skincare trends come and go, but Vitamin C is here to stay – because it has shown time and time again to be effective. (Not to mention that it is one of the most researched skincare ingredients. Vitamin C possesses quite a variety of benefits, ranging from evening out the appearance of overall skin tone to rejuvenating the look of dull skin. Here’s you ultimate guide to this extraordinary, skin-loving vitamin.
Here, VieDerma takes a deep dive into the ingredient known for its glow-boosting, pigmentation-busting properties, with a little help from our experts.
Vitamin C, or otherwise known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that cannot be stored in the body so humans are required to consume adequate amounts of Vitamin C everyday. Vitamin C is primarily found in fruits and vegetables – some of the best sources are citrus, peppers, dark leafy greens and strawberries. One serving of any of these foods will meet your Vitamin C daily requirement for the day. Or, in the case of our skincare, we can use it as a topical treatment to deliver the benefits of Vitamin C directly where we want them.
Benefits of Vitamin C
- Collagen Production
- Treats Hyperpigmentation
- Brightens complexion
- Treats acne & redness
- Hydrates skin
- Reduce under-eye circles
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It is the one thing that almost all dermatologists, cosmetic chemists and Skin Therapists can agree on: Retinols really do work. The main question is how?
When it comes to the skincare world, the terms retinoid and retinol get thrown around a lot. They sound the same, but what’s the difference? Do they do the same thing? Is one between than the other? Retinol is a synthetic derivative of Vitamin A but as mentioned previously, falls under a broader category of retinoids.
In short, retinoids and retinol are both forms of Vitamin A. They provide similar anti-ageing results, but in different time frames.
In general, retinoids are stronger than retinol. They contain a higher concentration of the product, and the molecular structure of Vitamin A in this form allows it to turn over skin cells at a faster rate than retinol. Retinol does offer similar results, except it has a lower concentration, and the molecular structure causes it to take longer to provide same results. However, it is still a very effective products – you just have to be willing to wait to see the results.
Benefits of retinol
- Retinol can clear your acne
- Retinol combats signs of ageing
- Retinol brightens dull skin
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More is more? Less is more?
If you are already using a prescription Retinoid, it is considered to be overkill to add Retinol into your routine. It is also important to not combine Retinols with regular AHA application. If in doubt, it is always best to consult with one of our Skin Therapists to ensure none of the skincare ingredients clash with one another.