When it comes to your complexion, how bright, smooth, radiant, and plumped your skin looks can come down to a few factors. Sure, it can sometimes be the result of the environment you live in, what you eat or simply just your genes… but mostly the difference between good skin and really great skin is what ingredients you use on your face. While it can be hard to keep up with current skincare trends, we’ve simplified things and come up with the top three powerhouse ingredients you should add to your skincare regime immediately.
For years skin experts have praised the benefits of retinols and vitamin A – touting them as the holy grail of skincare. But recently, a natural alternative to the skincare must-have has made its way from obscurity and into the limelight, and it has the beauty industry buzzing. Enter bakuchiol, a plant-based alternative to retinol.
Bakuchiol, pronounced buh-koo-chee-all, is derived from the seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia (a.k.a. babchi) plant and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. So what exactly does it do?
Well, its natural antioxidant, skin conditioning and emollient properties can help improve the appearance of the signs of aging. It works to stimulate collagen, promoting elasticity and firmness, meaning wrinkles are minimised with skin looking smoother and feeling bouncier. It can also minimise pigmentation and its antibacterial properties mean it’s a smart choice for those with acne or oily skin.
The real benefit of this potent ingredient is that it’s not only hardworking and results driven but it’s gentle on the skin. While traditional retinols and vitamin A products can have potential side effects such as peeling, flaking or drying out the skin, bakuchiol is gentler making it perfect for all skin types, but particularly those with sensitive skin. And if you need another reason to praise this hero ingredient, it’s an excellent alternative for pregnant and breastfeeding women who are unable to use retinols because of the unknown potential side effects. That gets a big tick from us.
When it comes to your skin, any product with the word ‘acid’ in it can initially sound alarming. But let us assure you hyaluronic acid is one dynamic ingredient you don’t want to shy away from. Known as nature’s moisture magnet, it has the ability to hold a thousand times its own weight in water which effectively works to keep your skin hydrated for longer.
Unfortunately, the amounts of hyaluronic acid in our bodies (just like the levels of collagen and elastin) decrease as we get older. Add to that, environmental aggressors such as the weather or office air-conditioning, can cause your hyaluronic acid levels to dip.
This in turn will compromise your skin’s barrier function making your complexion look seriously dry, dull and dehydrated. When that happens your skin won’t only appear a little lackluster but it will cause fine lines and wrinkles to appear deeper and more pronounced.
Thankfully, simply by adding a serum with hyaluronic acid to your skincare regime it will work to bring moisture back to the surface of your skin, instantly improving elasticity. Think plump, pillowy, dewy skin that is hydrated, refreshed and rejuvenated.
This intense blast of hydration makes it an obvious choice for aging skin because it works to boost radiance and plump lines and wrinkles. But it’s also gentle enough for those with skin sensitivities. And because it works well with other ingredients, and can be layered with most other serums, it’s a cinch to work into your current skincare regime.
If you’re looking for an ingredient that packs a powerful punch, then vitamin C is just the thing. Known for its antioxidant qualities the highly acidic ingredient triggers the skin to heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin, ultimately working to keep you looking younger.
So – what else can vitamin C help with? Well, just about all skin concerns. Uneven skin tone, rough texture, fine lines, acne scars, pigmentation and general dullness – the daily application of vitamin C can assist it all.
The benefits are so vast it provides protection from environmental aggressors like free radicals (damage which is caused by sunlight and pollution) which contribute to premature aging. But what makes it even more remarkable is that this free radical fighting machine not only inhibits your skin’s melanin production which prevents pigmentation and age spots, but it will keep working to minimise their visibility over time.
The result? Smoother, brighter and more youthful looking skin. As far as ingredients go, this is a force to be reckoned with so make sure you find a permanent place in your beauty cupboard for it.
Shop the Trilogy Booster Series below:
Trilogy Bakuchiol+ Booster Treatment
A two-week vitamin A-like treatment that targets signs of ageing by helping to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, dryness and elasticity.
Trilogy Hyaluronic Acid+ Booster Treatment
A two-week, intensely hydrating water-gel serum enriched with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid for dry and dehydrated skin.
Trilogy Vitamin C Booster Treatment
Our original booster, this is a freshly activated 2-week intense brightening treatment that helps improve radiance and skin tone.
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