If you’re looking to reduce the signs of aging, including fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and lack of elasticity, then you’ve probably tried at least one product containing vitamin C or retinol. Topical vitamin C can reduce excess melanin from sun damage, and it can make those telltale acne marks less noticeable, too. As far as anti-aging heavy hitters go, retinol is a beast. It supercharges your body’s natural collagen production and increases cell turnover, making skin smoother and wrinkles less noticeable.
On their own, each product has its merits, but if you really hope to reap the benefits of high quality skincare products, you need to properly pair them and use them in a certain order. We can help with that!
Get Your Day Off to a Great Start
As kids, we were taught the importance of a nutritious breakfast, and orange juice was often a part of our daily routine. Drinking OJ and eating oranges still makes good sense, but you’ll need a topical vitamin C product if you want to improve your skin. The world is filled with pesky free radicals that attack our bodies and leave sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and dry, dull skin in their wake. To help fight them off and repair your skin simultaneously, you need a properly formulated antioxidant-rich product.
Many drugstore vitamin C products rely on L-ascorbic acid (L-AA) for its brightening effects. Unfortunately, L-AA is notoriously unstable and quickly loses potency when exposed to air and light. It can also be difficult for people with sensitive skin to tolerate due to stinging and skin irritation. Epicuren’s CXC Vitamin C Complex uses tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (THDA), which penetrates the skin quickly without the unpleasant sensations of other vitamin C products. This oil-soluble compound is combined with ascorbyl glucoside and sodium ascorbyl phosphate (two additional forms of vitamin C) for a lightweight moisturizing product for A.M. use.
Heavy Hitters Work While You Sleep
Retinol has been a skincare wonder for more than 20 years. While tretinoin, its precursor, was originally used to treat acne, scientists quickly learned that retinoids could improve skin texture while also reducing discoloration and fine lines. Today’s retinol is gentle and works overnight when your skin’s defense mechanisms take a nap. Epicuren’s Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Complex contains retinyl acetate, retinol, and glycolic acid.
Your skin absorbs retinyl acetate and retinol, which speeds up its natural turnover and aids in collagen production. Glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), gently exfoliates your skin by separating the bonds between the skin cells and trapped oil and debris. Together, these power players coax healthy, more elastic skin to the surface.
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While we may all appear to be aging differently, one thing is certain – collagen production drops 1 percent every year once we enter our 20s. You can’t stop the hands of time completely, but this combination of anti-aging ingredients will help you fight back while enjoying happy, healthy skin.