Peptides can help to increase collagen production in the skin. They are made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins – basically what your skin is mainly made of! Peptides are often found in anti-ageing products and are your go-to if you want to smooth out wrinkles and keep your skin looking young.
AHA - Alpha Hydroxy Acid
Alpha Hydroxy Acids are chemical exfoliants that can be found naturally in things like fruit and milk, that help to loosen dead skin cells to reveal the fresh new skin underneath. Use AHA’s a few days before a big event to make your skin look fresh and glowing.
Niacinamide is the active for of vitamin B3. Often found in serums and masks, it can help reduce redness, strengthen the skin barrier and reduce melanin production, which means it can also help reduce pigmentation.
BHA - Beta Hydroxy Acid
Beta Hydroxy Acids are chemical exfoliants. The most well-known BHA is salicylic acid. It helps to remove dead skin cells, prevent blackhead formation, clean out pores and improve texture and smoothness. It works to clean inside the pore (in contrast to AHA which primarily work on the skin’s surface) and has skin calming properties.
You may know it as the cure-all for all minor winter ailments, but it also works wonders on the skin. It’s a powerful antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables and is used in skin care to help brighten the skin and reduce dark spots and signs of ageing.
Glycolic Acid is an AHA, and what’s so great about it is that it not only exfoliates to help smooths out fine lines and uneven texture, but also helps hydrate the skin.
If you haven’t been heard of Hyaluronic acid by now, you’re missing out on some serious hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance already found in the human body and can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water, and when massaged into your skin – makes it feel super moisturised and dewy.