Make The Most Of Your Skincare: Importance Of Ingredients, Vitamin And Formulation

Strawberries are an excellent source of antioxidant-promoting Vitamin C, a vitamin for age defence.

In part 2 of our “Skincare 101” series…

Read the list of ingredients with care
We are what we eat, and our face will reflect what we put on it as well. “Skincare products which contain retinoids, peptides, and certain vitamins have been shown to effectively stimulate collagen production,” says Dr. Terence Tan, director of Halley Medical Aesthetics. Here are some other ingredients he says we should look for if we want to:

  1. Prevent sun damage: Anti-oxidants like Vitamin C and ginseng extract which also mop up sun-damaged skin cells.
  2. Hydrate and prevent photo-degeneration: Protective ingredients like ceramide and hyaluronic acid

(For more skincare ingredients that can defend against aging and promote collagen generation, read this.)

Formulation just as important as ingredients
The formulation of the product is just as important as the active ingredient itself, emphasises Dr. Tan. “Several manufacturers have changed their formulations because they find that their products either breakdown in our hot climate or are too sticky for our high humidity,” he adds.

Take Vitamin C serums for example. L-Ascorbic Acid, the active form of Vitamin C, is notorious for irritating skin and being easily broken down in heat and light. Modern formulations contain more stable forms like Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, which is also more gentle on the skin.

Next time in “Make the most of your skincare”:
Which exfoliant is best: Scrub-based exfoliants or chemical-based ones?

Previously in “Make the most of your skincare”:
Skin firming products: How long before results show?

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