If you are focusing on a skincare routine and not seeing results, it might be because you are not using the right ingredients for your skin or you are not staying consistent with your skincare routine. They key to making a long term change in your skin is being strategic in your approach to skincare by understanding which ingredients help with certain skin issues, and of course understanding your base skin type. Once you understand these two things, you’ll be surprised at the changes you will see in your skin.
The Right Products
When it comes to skincare ingredients you want to use products with active ingredients that work on the skin to help heal, repair, and hydrate—targeting whichever skin issues you are dealing with. Simply put, active ingredients actually do what they say they will because they are intended to address or treat a specific skin issue, which will lead to better results overall.
The Right Skin Type
Taking into account all your skin’s needs and understanding your skin type is also crucial to seeing results. Start by asking yourself if you know your “true skin type.” While most skincare lines are designed to address a single concern, Tuel’s approach is to offer skincare solutions that are formulated for specific skin types. The reality is, a killer glow comes from understanding the natural characteristics your skin displays and is not based on gender, ethnicity, color or condition. So how do you know what your true skin type is? Follow these four easy steps found here. (Hint, It’s all in the pores.)
Let’s Talk Active Ingredients
Hyaluronic Acid: Occurring naturally in the body, hyaluronic acid has the highest concentrations in young skin, joint fluids, and other healthy tissues. Over time, hyaluronic acid levels in the body deteriorate. Skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid aim to provide a temporary fix for skin as Hyaluronic acid is able to hold up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water—giving skin its plumpness and volume.
Alpha-hydroxy Acids: AHAs are a group of organic acids found in over-the-counter skincare products or in chemical peel treatments offered by an esthetician or dermatologist. While the exact way AHAs work is still unknown, the most widely accepted theory is it reduces calcium levels which has an exfoliating effect by causing the shedding and flaking of dead and dry cells. They also promote further cell growth while slowing cell differentiation which aids in lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, revealing softer, smoother skin.
Vitamin C: You will see this active ingredient as pure vitamin C (or L-ascorbic Acid), or one of its derivatives. As an antioxidant, vitamin C helps protect against free radicals to help decrease fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots from sun damage. Your skin will also benefit from vitamin C’s ability to brighten your face and diminish any discoloration.
Niacinamide: A water-soluble vitamin B3, niacinamide is an antioxidant and a multi-functional skincare hero with several proven benefits for the skin. It helps visibly reduce pores, can improve skin tone, improve redness, and can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. This active ingredient occurs naturally in many foods, including fish and grains. It tends to be stronger in topical applications, like serums or moisturizers.
Retinoids: The umbrella term for vitamin A and its derivatives, retinoids are a class of fat-soluble compounds which are lipophilic—in other words, they love oil. Consistent retinoid use can strengthen the epidermal protective function and protect against collagen loss which can lead to increased clarity and brightness of the skin, a more even skin tone, and minimized fine lines/wrinkles.