We know there is a lot of different advice out there to help improve your skin, so it can be hard to establish an effective skincare routine.
Below, we’ve made things a little easier for you, we run through 6 essential ingredients your skincare regime needs, and the benefits each ingredient can bring your skin.
We’ve included a wide variety of ingredients on this list, and all of them will bring different benefits to your skin and can be added to your skincare regime immediately.
So if you’re looking for anti-ageing benefits, to reduce the bags under your eyes or to add moisturise to your skin – then read on!
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Why apply: Beta-Carotene is a nutriment which can be found in food such as carrots, pumpkins, peas, apricots or onions, etc. Beta-Carotene is transformed by the body into vitamin A, and this vitamin has many health benefits including skin regeneration.
How to benefit: You can eat food containing Beta-Carotene directly, and some of them can also be taken as a juice such as the carrot juice. ‘All About Blending’ have some great carrot juice recipes, so get out the blender and start experimenting!When to take: You can add this ingredient to your skincare regime by eating a healthy and diversified amount of food containing Beta-Carotene each day. This is the simplest way to get the right amount for your body.
2. Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)
Why apply: Epidermal growth factor is a cellular activator that helps to increase collagen and elastin production within the skin and reduce the signs of ageing. EGF is naturally produced by cells and can be found in the skin, but the regeneration of EGF cells reduces as time goes by. At a certain age, or after too much sunlight exposure, the body does not produce enough EGF to keep skin feeling firm and looking young. This is the reason why EGF creams can be applied on the face in order to prevent ageing and repair tired skin.How to benefit: There are a variety of EGF serums that you can add to your skincare regime, and they can be used to target areas of the skin where there are visible signs of ageing.
When to apply: For the best results EGF serums should be applied to a clean face in the morning, or at night before bed. Wait a few minutes before applying any makeup or sunscreen, so the EGF ingredient can be perfectly absorbed by the skin.
Source: Jennifer Dune
Why apply: Witch-hazel is a flowering plant of which there are five different species. This plant is well-known for the fabulous benefits it provides to the skin. Witch-Hazel can help combat a range of skin problems and can help stop bleeding, heal bruises, treat acne, reduce puffy eyes and moisturise skin.
How to benefit: Distilled witch-hazel can be found in some stores. Simply put some liquid on a piece of cotton wool and dab it gently on your face – it will clean the skin without drying it.
When to apply: The perfect time to add witch-hazel to your skincare routine is applying it directly onto clean skin after a shower.
Why apply: Vitamin E is an antioxidant which repairs and protects the skin. It contains, among other things, anti-inflammatory properties and can help to prevent premature skin-ageing. Foods rich with Vitamin-E include tofu, fish, shrimps, avocados, spinach, almonds, etc.
How to benefit: Just eat a healthy and varied mix of food to have all the vitamin E that your body needs.
When to take: Add this to your skincare regime by eating Vitamin-E rich food each day. You can have avocado on toast for breakfast, tofu for lunch or fish for dinner – the possibilities are endless!
5. Green TeaSource: JD
Why apply: Green tea has a lot of benefits, including many health-related, such as aiding fat loss and preventing some types of cancer. When it comes to the skin, this ingredient contains polyphenols which help to reducing eye-bags and combats acne.
How to benefit: The most obvious way to take green tea is by drinking it but there are other ways you can take it. You can easily add it to your skincare regime by making a homemade green tea cream and applying it directly on your skin. ‘Say Not Sweet Anne’ has a fantastic green tea face cream recipe on her blog.
When to use: Drinking green tea is good for your health but you should be careful not to take too much, especially before bed, as it contains caffeine. If you decide to use it as a homemade cream then make sure you’ve washed your face before you apply it.
Source: Yumi Kimura
Why apply: Omega-3 has many benefits for your health and your skin. It’s mainly found in cold water fish (such as salmon or tuna) and fish oil, but it’s also present in walnuts, flaxseeds, beans or canola oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are very important as they help to reduce the body’s production of inflammatory compounds which are involved in the aging process. Taking Omega-3 regularly will help your skin look and feel better by adding moisture to the skin without being oily.
How to benefit: You can add this ingredient to your skincare regime by simply eating omega-3 rich foods, or by taking 1-3 Omega-3 pills every day.
When to take: Breakfast, lunch or dinner! Just make sure you’re eating a variety of foods that contain Omega-3. Do not exceed the recommended dose as your body only takes in what it needs. You can add these 6 essential ingredients to your skincare regime immediately in order to start seeing the benefits. A good variety of ingredients applied, or taken, in a variety of ways can really help to improve the overall condition of your skin. If you have any different ingredients in your skincare regime, we’d love to know about them!