You may own the entire contents of Boots’ beauty catalogue, but for a lifetime of great skin, binging on beauty is not the answer. Over-stimulating your skin with products too potent can lead to irritation and inflammation and overloading it with those too rich can cause acne. The most crucial step for healthy, glowing complexion? Use the correct ingredients that suit your skin age now in order to protect it for the future.
Follow our handy guide below to find out what you should be adding into your regular skincare regime, when and why. Anticipate nothing but great skin all year long….
Focus: Collagen Catalyst
Add in: Vitamin C
What is it?
Vitamin C is one of the strongest catalysts of collagen growth (collagen keeps skin firm, taut, and resilient) when applied topically. There are different types, but the most effective is L-ascorbic acid.
When should we start using it?
Skin Aging Expert, Dr Marko Lens recommends incorporating Vitamin C into your regime as you turn 20.
Vitamin C is notoriously unstable and oxidises when exposed to light and air, but these brands have found clever ways to capture the ingredient. It’s pricy but AlumierMD EverActive C&E, £149, is the most active vitamin C serum on the market. The high strength L-ascorbic acid (it’s 15% proof) stays fresh thanks to the dual chamber delivery system; vitamin C crystals are kept in an airtight pocket until the button is pressed, releasing them into the serum.
For something a little more purse friendly, Garden of Wisdom Vitamin C 23% + Ferulic Acid, £10 rivals the big bucks brands at only a tenner. Use daily post-cleansing.