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AM/PM Skincare Ingredients

November 25th, 2016

Day & Night Skincare
When it comes to creating your perfect skincare regime, knowing which active ingredient is best for your skin is essential. On top of knowing what each ingredient is supposed to do, you need to understand when to use each one too. In our previous blog post (read here) we explained how the skin absorbs and needs different products during the day and evening. Now we reveal which key active ingredients you should be looking for.


Vitamin C: It is essential to use vitamin C during the day, as it is a powerful anti-oxidant ingredient to fight free radicals and environmental damage. It restores skin’s elasticity by boosting the production of collagen and elastin, correcting and brightening tone and diminishing the appearance of age spots. It also helps the skin to better withstand exposure to sunlight, whether protected by SPF or not.

Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide: These provide SPF protection from UVA & UVB rays. Using SPF15 or higher on an overcast or wintry day is essential to protect your skin from damage, wrinkles and discoloration.

Ruby Crystal: This ingredient is recommended to be used during the day because of its light-diffusing properties that minimise the appearance of fines and wrinkles and gives the skin a natural glow.

Natural Polysaccharides: This increases the skin’s natural ability to lock-in moisture and is vital for skin’s renewal and repair. The use of natural polysaccharides in skincare tightens the surface of the skin, reducing the depth of wrinkles.

Sea Mayweed: A natural version to botox, sea mayweed helps to relax facial muscles to inhibit the development of fine lines and wrinkles. It reduces redness and protects skin against free radical damage.

Hyaluronic Acid: One of the most important ‘double-agent’ ingredients, Hyaluronic acid is vital for both your day and evening skincare routine. Your skin needs to be constantly hydrated no matter what your skin type. Hyaluronic acid absorbs its weight in water.  As a result the moisture penetrates deep into your skin to lock in sustained hydration throughout the day.


Vitamin A: This may be the most important ingredient not to use during the day. It is a powerful anti-ageing ingredient, helping to repair uneven skin tone, wrinkles and loss of firmness. It also increases cellular turnover and the production of collagen, repairing the depth of wrinkles and acne scars.  Vitamin A helps to create new skin cells and shed old ones faster. As a result your skin will become more sensitive to sunlight.

Glycolic Acid: This ingredient is an exfoliator and removes the outer layer of dead skin cells, bringing fresh, new skin to the surface. This is why it is one of the most used anti-ageing AHAs. Glycolic acid helps to lighten uneven skin tone and helps those with acne-prone and blackhead-prone skin as it decongests pores and reduces sebum production.

Lactic Acid: This ingredient is also one of the most popular AHAs in skincare today and is a gentler alternative to glycolic acid. This ingredient hydrates, increases the skin’s natural lip barrier and refines and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Exotic fruit extracts: Exotic fruit has healing properties and its aroma has a strong calming effect, which means it is perfect for use in the evening. It also helps to restore lacklustre and dull skin and reduces pore size.

Hyaluronic Acid: This magical ingredient is key in the morning, however it is not going to last you well into the night. Using a product with Hyaluronic acid in the evening will maintain your hydration levels when skin cells are regenerating, making skin look plumped and refreshed by the time you wake up.


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