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Less is more: The must have ingredients in your skincare routine

Less is more: The must have ingredients in your skincare routine

With the Skinimalism trend going on right now we wanted to take a moment to discuss some all-star, must have ingredients in your routine. We also wanted to make this list inclusive for most skin types because while one form of an ingredient might work for you, it might not work for someone else. But that’s the beauty of it all right? We’re all different and so is our skin, so use this list as a guide and set up a skincare consultation with one of our licensed Estheticians to get a fully personalized routine for you. 

Hyaluronic Acid (HA):

HA is a great addition for everyone’s skin because it can help balance out oily skin, increase hydration in dry skin, and is gentle and supportive for sensitive skin. HA plays a key role in supporting the extracellular matrix of our skin which helps to keep collagen intact. It also has the ability to hold and retain moisture (hence the hydration reputation), which leads to improved barrier function and helps to prevent oxidative stress. 

Circadia’s Chrono-Calm serum is packed with HA for hydration and barrier support to help reduce inflammation in the skin. 

Vitamin C:

There are very few people who would not benefit from having a Vitamin C serum in their routine and with so many Vitamin C derivatives, there are now even more options for sensitive skin. We hear about the brightening and antioxidant benefits of Vitamin C all of the time, but we want to discuss the benefits of Vitamin C that aren’t acknowledged as often. Did you know that Vitamin C stabilizes the production of Type I  and Type II collagen, which has an incredible impact on our skin’s elasticity and hydration? Not to mention the fact that it also helps prevent collagen degradation, replenishes our skin’s natural Vitamin E leading to even more photoprotection, and it has properties that help to prevent/reverse post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (acne scars).

Overt’s The Brightener serum is a fantastic Vitamin C derivative option, containing Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate which is an effective, yet gentle form of Vitamin C. 

Chemical Exfoliants:

There are a variety of acids with a variety of benefits, but that’s exactly why they’re relatively universal in skincare routines. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are the well-known resurfacing acids that help reduce hyperpigmentation, increase cell turnover (the shedding of old skin cells and replacing them with younger cells), and smooth texture. Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) are quite different from their AHA counterparts, because most of their work is done in our pores rather than the surface of our skin making it a slightly more gentle option. BHAs prevent pore congestion, regulate sebum production, and help to prevent breakouts. Now say hello to our newest friends, the Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs). Similar to the AHAs, PHAs have an anti-aging, cellular turnover effect on the skin, but PHAs have a larger molecular structure leading to less skin irritation.

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner is the perfect mix of Salicylic Acid (BHA) and hydrating ingredients to create a soothing, pore cleansing effect.

*Why isn’t SPF on this list? SPF is a no-brainer and everyone should be using it daily, rain or shine. Any skincare product or treatment becomes negligible without the use of SPF, but we know that you already knew that so we didn’t feel the need to put it on this list <3