5 Skin Care Ingredients You Can’t Miss
We’ve all been there. Our bathroom countertops, cabinets, and even our showers are lined with skin care products claiming to contain the best ingredients out there. But the truth is, with so many different products to choose from, it can be difficult to know which ones are really doing what they claim to be doing, and which ones are just taking up space. When shopping for skin care products, take a little extra time to read the list of ingredients to make sure its formula can actually stand up to its claims.
Here are 5 skin care ingredients that can really pack a punch:
1. Vitamin C
Not only can vitamin C work wonders for your overall health, but it can also be hugely beneficial to your skin. This powerful vitamin is an antioxidant that helps to prevent the oxidation of other molecules in your body, which can cause a whole host of problems including skin damage and collagen loss. Thus, using skin care products that contain vitamin C can be very effective at reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles and other signs of aging. Skinceuticals’ formulation C E Ferulic is one of the most concentrated vitamin C serums on the market…and it is available at Acqua Blu Medical Spa. (University of Leicester)
If lines and wrinkles are already a concern for you and are even affecting your self-confidence, injectable fillers like Juvéderm® can act much like your body’s natural collagen to fill out wrinkles and leave your skin looking smooth and rejuvenated.
2. Blueberry Extract
Sometimes the best things really do come in small packages. Blueberries are not only tasty, they’re also powerful antioxidants that can strengthen the skin and reverse the signs of aging. In fact, they’re so effective that blueberry extract is one of the main active ingredients in Skinceuticals’ A.G.E. Eye Complex Cream, which can help to restore the skin’s firmness and youthful appearance.
Many men and women find that with aging also comes a loss of volume in their face, which can be improved through various nonsurgical cosmetic treatments. Like Juvéderm®, Juvéderm VOLUMA® XC can mimic the natural effects of collagen to give your face a boost of volume and help reduce the appearance of lines and sagging skin.
Another beneficial antioxidant, resveratrol is a great skin care ingredient to help reduce the signs of aging and restore the skin’s visible radiance and smooth texture. It has even been linked to promoting heart health and reducing the risk of cancer. Look for this ingredient in night creams like Skinceuticals’ Resveratrol BE cream, which can help you get the most out of it. (CBS News)
Many studies have also suggested that cosmetic treatments like BOTOX® can actually work as a preventative measure against the effects of aging. Rather than waiting until deep lines and wrinkles have already set in, BOTOX® may work best at the first signs of lines and wrinkles, especially in areas like the forehead, eyes, and laugh lines. (Today)
If adult acne is a concern for you, a retinol cream can help to clear your skin and give it an even tone. It works by stimulating your body’s natural collagen production, which can trigger your skin’s self-healing process to get rid of blemishes and restore the appearance of your skin. And because of its collagen-boosting ability, retinol can also help to reduce wrinkles caused by aging. (WebMD)
If acne scars are keeping you from looking and feeling your best, non surgical laser procedures like Forever Young BBL can help to reduce or eliminate the appearance of scars and other discolorations in your skin.
5. Zinc Oxide
Remember those days of sunbathing in your 20s? Well, unfortunately, all that fun in the sun may have lead to some sun damage to your skin. But the good news is that it’s not too late to keep your skin safely protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays. When shopping for skin care products, especially for your face, look for zinc oxide as an ingredient. This natural UV-blocker is a safe, gentle alternative to some of the harsher chemicals often found in popular sunscreens. (Everyday Health)
To reverse the signs of sun damage that may already be present on your skin, you might want to consider a minimally invasive procedure like Halo. The intense pulsed light of this treatment targets areas of discoloration or other skin blemishes and reduces their appearance.
Why Choose Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh for Cosmetic Procedures?
Choosing the right ingredients in your skin care products can be a smart first step toward achieving the young, bright, and refreshed look you want. Many distinguished, top of the line products are available through Acqua Blu and the staff is knowledgeable regarding their applications. But after years of sun damage, scarring, and the effects of aging, sometimes topical products alone just aren’t enough to get the look you desire. When this is the case, you may want to consider the many nonsurgical, minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that are now available.
At Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh, we offer a variety of cosmetic treatments, all tailored to fit your unique needs and goals. Our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ana Busquets is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about providing high-quality, expert advice and treatment. She, along with Dr. Susannah McClain and Physician Assistant Christopher Foti, would be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you decide which procedure might best suit your needs. To schedule a consultation, contact Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh at (724) 933-1800.