Top 5 active ingredients you should be using

The top 5 active ingredients you should have in your skincare regimen! 
1.) SPF 
2.) Vitamin C 
3.) Hyaluronic Acid 
4.) Vitamin A 
5.) Peptides 
SPF- Sun Protection Factor 
SPF is the most powerful tool we have to prevent premature aging. UV radiation triggers melanin production, breaks down collagen, and produces free radicals, which results in DNA damage. DNA damage unfortunately results in skin cancer, so by using SPF you are optimizing your skin health! 
Vitamin C 
Not only does Vitamin C have amazing benefits, but it’s the most researched skincare ingredient! Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, boosts collagen production, and evens out pigmentation. As an antioxidant, it helps block any oxidative stress (for example: pollution, cars, electronic screens, gas, the world!). 
Vitamin C is a cofactor to 2 enzymes: Lysyl Hydroxylase and Prolyl Hydroxylase. These two enzymes are needed to cross-link collagen, which helps create healthier collagen. Lastly, Vitamin C eats up the cooper, which is used in the reaction to make melanin! This is why it’s great for pigmentation! 
Vitamin C can be added to any skincare ingredient, but a serum form is ideal for maximum benefit due to its higher concentration. 
Hyaluronic Acid 
Hyaluronic acid is not only one of the most popular skincare ingredients on the skincare market but it’s also used in many products to support the delivery of other active ingredients. It’s a powerful humectant, which means it retains and preserves water. It also supports the healthy function of the skin which relies on adequate hydration levels. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in our bodies (in our connective tissue). It’s the same humectant that is responsible for lubricating your joints and eyes. 
Vitamin A
Vitamin A is widely considered to be the most beloved hero ingredient in all skincare ingredients! Have you heard of retinol or retinoids? They are all the same; retinoids are the performed (or active) form of Vitamin A. Its main benefits include the stimulation of the production of collagen to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, stimulating cell turnover, decreasing oil production, and having an anti-inflammatory effect. 
Peptides help repair and hydrate the skin! It’s the “kale” to your skincare routine (along with growth factors). Peptides are strings of amino acids, which are the building blocks that makeup proteins in our body. Peptides serve as the building blocks for not only new collagen but also elastin fibers! These elastin fibers are the building blocks of our skin and add tissue firmness and elasticity. 

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