Not all moisturising skincare is made equal. Get adequately hydrated by ensuring yours has these nourishing ingredients. By Syed Zulfadhli
Ceramides aid in water retention on a cellular level due to their fatty composition. Water molecules within the skin cells will find it difficult to escape, thus skin cells will remain plump with moisture for longer.
Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is great for promotion cell turnover. Skin-clogging dead skin cells will shake off upon usage, your skin will be decongested and your skin tone evened out.
Products containing retinol are best used at night before bed, as this compound is sensitive to light. Because your skin will be thinner by the next day, don’t forget your sunscreen before leaving the house.
3. Alpha hydroxy acids
On days when your skin requires a pick-me-up, AHAs remove dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, revealing baby soft skin that light will bounce off of, giving you the radiance your desire.
Some examples include glycolic acid and lactic acid. Again, don’t forget your sunscreen.
4. Hyaluronic acid
Don’t be fooled by the word “acid”. This ingredient is a potent humectant, holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The result? Plumped up skin that’s mosturised and delightfully dewy.
5. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is great for enhancing the radiance in your skin. Its acidic nature helps to slough off dead skin cells gently, which brings younger-looking skin to the surface.
On a cellular level, it promotes the production of collagen, which lift skin, making it appear firmer and tighter.
A version of this story first appeared in Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.