Four ingredients to implement into your skincare routine

Leenika Belfield-Martin | Lifestyle Editor

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C is revered in the beauty community as a superior anti-aging ingredient. However, just adding it to your diet won’t give your skin all the benefits this ingredient has. The best way to add this vitamin into your skin routine is to use a Vitamin C serum. Vitamin C also comes in gel, cream and oil forms.

Salicylic Acid

Contrary to popular belief, not all chemicals are bad for you. In fact, they can actually be the missing piece to the puzzle of your skin care regime. This chemical is commonly found in BHA exfoliants, which are championed for their ability to remove blackheads and smoothen skin’s texture. The acid does this by shedding dead skin by “penetrating into the pore lining,” according to skin care brand Paula’s Choice.

Be careful. Overuse of this chemical can lead to skin damage. Be sure to follow the instructions on the box, especially the usage suggestions (most are only supposed to be used twice every week, while other stronger ones are only used twice a month). Salicylic acid is also very sensitive to sunlight, so also be sure to use sunscreen after using it. If you have sensitive skin, it’s also best not to use products high in salicylic acid.

Aloe vera

The secret to flawless skin might be growing in your garden. It’s aloe vera aka “the wonder plant.” The succulent has a cool gel-like substance in between its leaves that is popular in both skin and hair products. It’s commonly used for skin ailments like sunburns, razor bumps and eczema. But it can also be used cosmetically to correct issues like acne scarring, oily skin, and uneven skin texture.

One of the best ways to implement aloe vera into your skin care regime is by using aloe vera gel as a moisturizer. The gel is sold commercially by a number of beauty brands, like Mario Badescu. Aloe gel can also be made by blending the inside of the plant with essential oils and coconut water in a blender.

Rose Water

The usage of rose water can be traced back to Ancient Eygpt. The best way to utilize this in your routine is as a toner after cleansing your skin. What makes rose water a great toner is its ability to maintain the skin’s pH level, while also controlling excess oil. Not only is rose water good for skin, it’s also great for your hair and smells amazing

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