With all of the skincare products out there, it can be very difficult to know which ones are worth your money. One of the best ways to determine whether a product is going to work or not is to skip all of the brand research and focus on active ingredients instead. If you are looking for fast results, here are some of the best ingredients for quick, noticeable benefits.
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that is naturally found in our bodies, making it not only effective but also very unlikely to irritate the skin. It can be found in various parts of the body including the eyes, joints, and skin, and has a naturally slippery consistency. Hyaluronic acid can hold a thousand times its weight in water, so it is wonderful for helping the skin retain moisture.
Rather than trying to moisturize the skin with oily lotions, this natural ingredient hydrates with water, making it great for oily or dry skin. Additionally, because hyaluronic acid works by retaining water, it is best to apply it on damp skin, otherwise, it can actually pull water out and dehydrate your skin.
Hyaluronic acid works almost instantly, but the overall benefits build in about 2 months. When you first apply it, your skin will feel more hydrated and plump, and after a few months, you should see more general improvements in your skin’s elasticity and smoothness.
Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
AHAs are a family of acids that are derived from different sources. For example, glycolic acid comes from sugar whereas lactic acid comes from milk. These acids are helpful for removing dead skin cells, which reveals newer, brighter skin from underneath.If you have dull skin or a lot of scarring, AHAs can be a quick and effective solution for this.
In addition to removing dead skin cells, it can also increase collagen production and pull water from the environment into the skin for hydration. AHA’s help with moderate acne, hyperpigmentation, and can even help with wrinkles and fine lines.
Similarly to hyaluronic acid, the effects of AHAs are visible instantly. However, the longer you use it the more benefits you will get from the results. After about 12 weeks of use, you will start to see the peak results.
Basically, ceramides are like glue holding your cells together to keep the skin barrier healthy and intact. As we get older, the natural ceramide levels in our skin drop, making it more difficult for the skin to remain smooth and supple without help. Adding ceramides with topical products helps restore moisture and structure to the skin barrier, giving you a natural glow and keeping the skin healthy.
As opposed to the ingredients mentioned before, ceramides take a little bit longer to work, however, it is not much time. After about 5 days, you should be able to see the value of the ceramides beginning to moisturize your skin. Using ceramides for around 1-3 months will bring you the most optimal results. Ceramides provide anti-aging benefits and give you naturally plumper, smoother skin.
Retinol is an ingredient that is derived from vitamin A and is one of the most prominently studied skincare products. Retinols are effective for all skin types, and they work by promoting skin renewal. This makes them great for reducing acne, correcting damage, boosting collagen production, and minimizing wrinkles. Retinols can even reverse some of the damaging effects the sun causes.
Retinol takes a bit longer to start working than other skincare ingredients, but it is still relatively fast-acting. It will probably take several weeks before the retinol’s positive effects become noticeable, and many people go through a “purging” period when they first start using it. This means that the skin actually gets worse before it gets better, but it is important to remain vigilant about using it and hopeful. One way to prevent this purge is to use the retinol very gradually, so only a few times a week at first and then very slowly increasing.
Jenn Walker is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beach goer operating out of Southern New Jersey. She writes for a cosmetic dentist in Las Vegas.