I’m about to embark on my bridal skin care regime and as I research which products to start with I actually started to wonder. Instead of reading other peoples reviews (which are helpful) I should at least know what ingredients are beneficial & necessary for what I want for myself.

I generally don’t have problematic skin so I know I don’t want anything which will be too complicated or make my skin reliant should I stop.

Currently I use Clearasil Perfectawash as my daily and in between my cycle and after long weekends I use MD Formulations Face & Body Scrub (a must!). I love this product. It’s been a gem in my beauty kit for the past 2 years. I must do a quick post just in its honour.

Anyway back to research. I’ve searched the web and I’ve come up with 10 components which are common in most of the products I am looking at.

1. Salicylic Acid

Known to be a good acid as it helps reveal fresh and beautiful skin.
Its a common ingredient in many skin care products. Recommended for people with acne or oily skin because it helps exfoliate and cleanse.

2. Hydroquinone

No I don’t want to bleach my smooth chocolate skin….lol but I do want bright glowing skin.

Most people think this is for bleaching. Yes it does lighten the skin but it all depends on quantity & length of use.

This ingredient is great when it comes to fading hyperpigmentation. Clearing the skin from any dark spots or uneven tones.

3. Witch Hazel

This ingredient is ideal for ladies (or gents) with oily skin. Its great to refresh, smooth and balance the skin

Witch hazel is a must-have product for some women to use as an astringent, moisturizer or to treat sun damaged skin.

4. Retinoids

This ingredient is often found in anti-ageing skin care, which I obviously don’t need as I’m still youthful….cough cough

Also known as Vitamin A, this ingredient fights wrinkles, increases skin cell turnover and shrink oil glands!

Great if you have larger pores or ageing skin.

5. Hyaluronic Acid

Another great ingredient for anti-ageing and also for dry skin.

Ok an actual science fact: Hyaluronic acid is a component of connective tissue, which is said to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Basically, It does wonders to hydrate the skin, help diminish the appearance of wrinkles and sun damage.

This ingredient is also mixed in with some makeup products.

6. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA)

Another good acids. These acids are taken from fruit or milk and they do a great job in exfoliating and revitalising the skin.

7. Peptides

Peptides reduce the look of wrinkles by plumping up the skin as well as smooth out lines and moisturize dry or rough skin.

Mostly found in anti ageing products & lip products too.

8. Silicone

Yep! Fake boobs kinda stuff….ok so silicone is a common skin care ingredients which is mostly found in toners and moisturisers.

It helps protect the skin and can also help decrease the appearance of scar tissue.

9. Glycerin

Another common skin care ingredient mostly seen in soaps and many skin care products. This ingredient can moisten parched dry skin, help restore water levels and prevent drying in skin. Its also great for people who have eczema as it can help calm itchy skin.

10. Jojoba Oil

A natural oil from plants which is great for scalp, skin and lips. It can be found mixed in but it can also be used on its own.

Easily absorbed and is ideal to use in the colder weather. As I’m getting married in Africa this isn’t a must.

Wow! So I covered the most common found which were useful to know. Next time i’m gonna try and also look at any wonder ingredients that are not soo common.

Normally I don’t take the time to look at the ingredients but I think I’ve picked up a new habit.

As google is a dear friend, I also learnt that after any use of an exfoliating product it’s vital to follow up with a sunscreen or a moisturiser with sunscreen.

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