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Have you ever wondered what actually makes up your skincare products? Or how all those ingredients on the label come together to form the cream, serum, or cleanser you use on your skin? The simple answer is emulsions, and they not only affect how a product looks or feels, but emulsions matter because they can determine how well your product actually works.
Emulsions make up nearly every skincare product with more than one ingredient, and you won’t need a science degree to grasp what they are. Understanding what emulsions are can help you see through marketing-speak and assess the product itself.
The reality is that hyperpigmentation can be tricky to treat—it takes a lot of patience and it can be a journey to find the right products. But by understanding what’s causing it and the exact ingredients that can make a difference, you’ll start to see discoloration make way for clear skin.
While you may be more concerned with how your skin looks, the way it functions is just as important. Skin is designed to protect us, but as we age it can change. This can affect how it appears and what products are right for you. But even knowing this—why don’t some products work, and how do you find the ones that do?
Aging might be inevitable, but it is manageable—especially when it comes to skin. Despite our wishes that it stay smooth, firm, and unblemished forever, your skin is constantly working to stay healthy and strong to protect you from outside elements, and over time it can begin to break down.
Our skin is as important as any other body part and has a critical role just like any other. All of the layers of skin play a part, but when it comes to skin and skincare, today we’re most concerned with the skin barrier.
Nanotechnology sounds futuristic, but the reality is that it’s already here. And it’s not just some otherworldly process found in science labs and space, it could actually be the reason your moisturizer works so well.
By now you might have heard of hyaluronic acid—maybe on a commercial, in conversation with friends, or on the bottle of your nightly serum. But despite how seemingly suddenly it appeared, in reality hyaluronic acid has been used in skincare for decades.
If you use any skincare at all, it’s likely many of the products you use have a number of plant extracts in them. Now you can begin to learn what those many plant extracts are doing for your skin.
Skincare routines are most effective when products are used in the right order at the right time. While it can initially be overwhelming deciding when to use what, once you learn some basic concepts it will be easy to build your routines.
If the idea of using acid on your skin scares you, you’re going to want to revisit that assumption. The acids we’re referring to here won’t burn or injure skin, in fact they’ll do the opposite—turning skin soft and smooth while it clears pores and prevents premature aging.
If you’re skipping out on oils for fear that they may clog pores or give you an oily face, you’re missing out on an entire line of beneficial products. The truth is that no matter what your skin type, there’s an oil for you.
While the science behind antioxidants and how they work is complex, with just a little knowledge you can optimize your routine so you’re using the antioxidants right for you. Because—and this may come as no surprise—yes, you should be adding antioxidants to your routine. Here’s why and how.
The overwhelming number of products available, the dearth of new “It-Ingredients,” and talk about 10-step routines can make skincare feel inaccessible. It can turn what should be enjoyable into a source of stress. But building—and keeping up with—a solid skincare routine doesn’t have to be so complicated.
As soon as our mid-20s, skin begins to visibly age. Around the age of 20 collagen production, the protein that keeps skin firm and youthful, slows down about 1% per year. This is also when you might begin to notice fine lines pop up, like expression lines around your eyes or mouth.
If you were to poll dermatologists about the most important thing you could do for your skin, their answer wouldn’t be the name of an expensive serum, or even some secret ingredient. Among their top tips would be to use a product you’ve likely used since childhood: sunscreen.