The skincare industry is densely populated with many different types of products and treatments, and ingredients used in them. For the sake of choosing the right skincare product or treatment for your skin, it is important that you understand the ingredients being used in them first.
Keep reading to discover the top four ingredients currently used in skincare products and treatments.
Copper peptide is one of the most common ingredients used in skincare despite only having been discovered as a viable ingredient in 1997. This is due to the fact that copper peptide has been proven to promote collagen and elastin production in the body. It also encourages the body to produce hyaluronic acid (the connective substance in our body tissues).
By having such an effect on the body, copper peptide helps to smooth, firm and soften the skin in a shorter period of time than other common anti-aging ingredients. Some studies have also found that copper peptides remove damaged collagen and elastin from the skin, helping to brighten complexion.
Alpha-Hydroxy acid (AHA)
AHAs are another commonly used ingredient in skincare products and treatments. It is known for its exfoliating effects and can be manufactured or derived naturally from milk or fruit sugars. AHAs are known to improve overall skin complexion by breaking down the glue that holds dead skin cells together to make it easier to remove dirt and other substances off the skin.
Skincare products containing AHAs can be either over the counter or prescribed by doctors, depending on their concentration. AHAs may help with skin conditions related to irregular pigmentation, development of lines and wrinkles as well as enlarged pores. However, it is important to note that AHAs may cause the skin to become more sensitive to the sun, hence best used at night or with sunscreen.
DMAE is a substance which is naturally produced in the brain, but also present in fish such as anchovies, salmon and sardines. DMAE boosts the production of acetylcholine in the skin, which is important for our mental functions. When used in topical skincare, DMAE may help by removing fine lines and wrinkles, and improving the skin’s overall complexion.
Polydioxanone is an absorbable polymer which is used in skincare treatments such as thread lifts to help provide structure to the face. When inserted into the skin, it also helps produce a tightening effect by inducing natural collagen production. Polydioxanone is mainly used in anti-aging skincare treatments due to its structuring and tightening effects, and ability to remove wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.
Polydioxanone is a key ingredient used in Matrix PDO mono thread lifts, a brand of thread lift which is growing in popularity. The effects of polydioxanone in Matrix PDO mono threads can last anywhere between six to twelve months. You can find Matrix PDO mono threads at your local medical aesthetics distributor.
If you are interested in using skincare products or undergoing skincare treatments for yourself, then it is important that you first understand the ingredients that are going into your skin. Make sure you research skincare ingredients yourself, as well as the ones mentioned above!