It’s hard to ignore the call of luxury beauty products, but that impulse decision to spend hundreds of dollars may leave you feeling financially violated. At other times, you may be happy with your investment. So, how do you know where to spend your money; what’s worthwhile and what’s a gimmick? I’ll break down some of my favourite ingredients in this article.
Generally, you want to spend money on products with active ingredients, so ones that do something. But even then, some ingredients are more effective than others. Here are my top 5 ingredients. If you splurge on products containing these, you should get good bang for your buck.
If I could only have access to one ingredient for the rest of my life, it would be this one. It’s the most powerful collagen stimulant and has a huge impact on the youthfulness of skin. For this reason, you’ll need to start off slowly, preferably with a 0.5% product. Use once every few days until you build up a tolerance. If you try and use every night straight away, you may find that your skin reacts with flakiness and red, dry patches.
2. Vitamin C
One of the best anti-aging ingredients on the market, it can help with pigmentation and brightening skin as it contains antioxidants. It’s also hydrating, promotes collagen production and accelerated skin turnover. What’s not to love?!
3. AHAs and BHAs
These guys are alpha-hydroxy acids and beta-hydroxy acids and chemically exfoliate your skin. They can also have a big impact on how your skin looks. When you get rid of the dead cells on top of the skin, the new ones are exposed and provide a fresher appearance.
A form of Vitamin B3, it’s anti-inflammatory and suitable for sensitive skin. It decreases excess oil production so is great for congestion as well as helping to even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of pores.
5. Sun Protection
This is the easiest thing you can do to care for the longevity of your skin. Make sure you’re using SPF 50+ to block harmful, ageing UV rays while you’re out and about, not just at the beach. Zinc Oxide provides a physical barrier (think white cast and coloured zinc sticks), while chemical sunscreens absorb the harmful rays, but take about 20 mins to start working after application.