There are so many different kinds of skin care products out there, that it can be difficult to know what to look for, however the best place to start is the ingredients list.
There are two main ingredient categories which our skin needs in order to stay looking great, so it’s best to look out for them in your skin care products before anything else. These are antioxidants, and skin replenishing ingredients.
Antioxidants help to slow down the aging process, by blocking environmental factors from impacting on your skin. They include vitamins and minerals and are often found in fruits and vegetables for example. Skin replenishing ingredients promote hydration and help your skin to remain plump and smooth too. It’s good to look out for ‘acids’ in the ingredients list, such as Hyaluronic acid or Amino acids and fatty acids, to name a few.
There are a whole host of ingredients which fit within these three categories, and it can sometimes be really difficult to be able to work out which category the ingredients you can see, but with research and a little bit of reading around, you can quickly get to grips with what the ingredients you see, are really doing for your skin.
Fashions Finest have put together a few examples of great skin care products we love, which will actually work for your skin.
1. COSRX Nourishing Rice Spa Overnight Mask
Rice is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, beneficial to your skin, and helping to keep it soft, supple and nourished. It also helps to reduce dead skin cells, protects against free radicals, and has an inflammatory and calming effect.
K-Beauty pioneers, COSRX, are known for their innovative skincare products, with their ULTIMATE Nourishing Rice Spa Overnight Mask being no exception. Enriched with 68% rice extract, this mask provides deep moisturisation as well as working to even the skin tone, and lightening any darker spots. Use as an overnight mask, a wash-off mask or a daily moisturiser.
Dull, tired skin is given a new lease of life. Additionally, Niacinamide, a brightening ingredient, and hydrating sunflower seed oil, work together to nourish and moisturise our skin - all whilst you sleep!
This lightweight formula absorbs easily and is perfect to use for all skin types. Fashion maven Alexa Chung says it’s her favourite!
Nourishing Rice Spa Overnight Mask costs £24 and is available from Boots.
2. SOS H20
This exceptional formulation blends a powerful combination of active plant stem cells and anti-ageing ingredients including White Truffle and Green Grape, shown to stimulate new skin cell production and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
White truffle (Tuber magnatum extract) acts as a powerful anti-ageing ingredient to reduce wrinkles, improve skin firmness, tone and significantly improve hydration, and grape stem cells (Vitis vinifera fruit meristem cell culture) is an effect antioxidant ingredient that is able to efficiently counteract free-radicals.
Infused with skin-perfecting ingredients such as low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid, even sensitive skin is moisturised all day long. With hydration increased, elasticity and suppleness will appear improved and the skin will look firm and toned.
This multi-tasking day cream offers a unique encapsulated blend that leaves no white streaks on the face and offers evenly distributed broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, leaving skin looking smoother and brighter without compromise to the texture. This cream can also be used on the skin at night.
Available at a cost of £15 online from SOS Serum.
3. Skinsmiths Overnight Glow
Not all skin types can tolerate strong acids, and require a milder AHA. Lactic acid is specifically used to treat hyperpigmentation, age spots, and other factors that contribute to a dull and uneven complexion. Other benefits of AHA’s like lactic acid include improved skin tone and reduced pore appearance.
Thanks to Skinsmiths Overnight Glow, £33 available online from skinsmiths.com, you can wake up with the glow your skin deserves. Skinsmiths Overnight Glow is an exfoliating treatment, packed with a mix of high concentration active ingredients. Lactic acid (2%), clears away skin build-up on the surface helping skin appear smoother and brighter.
Say goodbye to dead skin cells and clogged pores and hello to softer, smoother, glowing skin.
4. Embryolisse Smooth Radiant Complexion Immediate Anti-Fatigue Treatment
Alfalfa is a flowering plant used as an important forage crop in many countries around the world. So why is this plant so wondrous for our skin? Alfalfa is known to be one of the most nutrient-rich plants in the world. It is no wonder that it is known as the ‘father of all plants’, which comes from its Arabic name ‘al-fac-facah’ as it is very rich in vitamins and minerals.
Its ability to treat different skin conditions and improve our skin from within is well known. People from all over the world use alfalfa to get glowing and healthy skin, both inside and out.
Embryolisse Smooth Radiant Complexion Immediate Anti-Fatigue Treatment, £24.99 from LookFantasic, is a refreshing and soothing emulsion gel that visibly reduces the appearance of fatigue. It delivers an instant tightening and lifting effect and the treatment effectively blurs the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of tired skin.
This is not a face cream, but we though it was worth including in our suggestions for great skin products.
The ancient ritual of deep exfoliation and detoxification using a silk mitt originates from the bath houses of Turkey and is known to brighten dull dry skin, remove fake tan, prevent ingrown hairs and improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and cellulite.
The No1 Illume glove, £15.99, uses 100% intricately woven silk viscose and will effortlessly exfoliate, purify and energise your skin, on both your body and face alike. A great addition to your skincare cupboard.
Fashions Finest Says:
Get into your bathroom cupboards and make-up bags, and have a look at your current skin care products, and throw away any products which are past their use by date, or you have had for years and years but have never used (yep – we all have these in the back of the cupboard)
Begin reading the ingredients in the creams you own, and see which broad category they fit into, and carry out an internet search on any ingredients you are unsure of.
Decide what skin care products you need to invest in, or are running low on, and choose some products you like the look of – remembering to look closely at the ingredients list too.
Whichever skin care products you go for, remember that the more natural the products are, the better for your skin and body.