3 Ingredients Your Skin Should Get to Know

With all of the skincare products out there, it can be confusing to know which to choose. You may feel like you need a PhD to understand what all of the ingredients are. Read on to learn more about 3 of the top ingredients you will find in anti-aging products so you can be skingredient savvy before you go to the store.

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Hyaluronic Acid

The word acid may make you think of a harsh chemical that strips, but that’s not the case. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin and a powerful humectant that keeps skin hydrated, plump, supple and firm. Hyaluronic acid is used as dermal filler that can be injected into skin by a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon to plump up deep wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid can also be found in skincare products (serums, moisturizers) for topical use. While topical application won’t give you the dramatic, instantaneous results that a hyaluronic acid filler can, you will see benefits in the form of softer, smoother, more hydrated skin. It also helps improve elasticity and reverse free radical damage, so it may have some benefit in protecting from UV damage. Hyaluronic acid can be used for all skin types, even oily. Try hyaluronic acid serums alone if you have oily skin or under moisturizer if you have dry skin.

Ceramides

Ceramides are cellular fats (lipids) that are found in between skin cells which seal them together. They are critical components of our skin barrier that keep moisture in and pathogens out. Aging and sun damage and reduce levels of ceramides in the skin, which leads to loss of hydration, poor skin turnover, and dry/damaged skin. Moisturizers with ceramides contain the same balance of lipids as your skin. Replenishing the skin’s ceramide content is a powerful way to protect skin, helping it act and look younger. Studies show that ceramide creams also help treat eczema, but they can be used by anyone with dry skin.

Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that can be found in many different kinds of foods including green vegetables, beans, whole wheat, barley, fish, eggs, and meat. It has been found to increase ceramide and free fatty acid levels in skin, prevent skin from losing water content and stimulate microcirculation in the dermis. Niacinamide creams have been found to improve skin’s tone, texture, elasticity and appearance. They can also reduce the signs and symptoms of severe acne or rosacea by reducing inflammation of the skin. Studies of the benefits of niacinamide creams also suggest that get rid of acne scars and other skin discolorations.

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Knowing what ingredients are in your products and being skingredient savvy can go a long way to helping you choose the right products.  OKU can help take the guesswork out of skin care, by analyzing your skin and making product recommendations for you.  Learn more at getoku.com

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