2 derm-recommended skincare ingredients to look for in a skincare routine


Posted: February 16, 2022 | Word Count: 462

When researching skincare, it's easy to get lost in a sea of products with different ingredients. To make matters more complex, some ingredients might be effective but are harsh on your skin if not formulated optimally or used correctly. To cut through the skincare chaos and help you find gentle yet restorative solutions, consider advice from the experts.

“The key is to choose products with effective, proven ingredients that provide both immediate and long-term benefits. Since we are all short on time, a few of these power-packed products used consistently is ideal,” says Dr. Anna Guanche, board-certified dermatologist, and dermatologic surgeon.

Guanche knows it's easy to get confused when it comes to skincare. Here she recommends two of her favorite anti-aging ingredients for nourished, younger-looking skin:

Anti-aging superstar: Retinol

A type of vitamin A, retinol is applied to the skin to help reduce the effects of aging and acne. This powerful skincare ingredient increases collagen production and promotes cell turnover, so skin appears fresh and renewed. This is why many people who are prioritizing wrinkle prevention or wrinkle treatment opt for products with retinol.

To go one step further, look for products with time-released retinol. This helps provide your skin with a steady dose of this effective ingredient throughout the day, helping smooth lines and wrinkles without irritating side effects.

Hydration Hero: Hyaluronic acid

Your body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid declines as we age, so it’s important to try and replenish it. Topically, hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means it helps the skin retain water, so the outer layers stay hydrated. This can also help skin appear more youthful and glowing, helping to eliminate dryness and even some fine lines.

Both derm-recommended ingredients — retinol and hyaluronic acid — can be found in one of Guanche’s favorite products to recommend to patients, the recently reformulated RoC Retinol Correxion Max Hydration Cream, which you can get at Target. In fact, 97% of users in a clinical study saw instantly smoother skin and reduced lines in just one week. With a time-release, fragrance-free formula, this hydrating cream gives you that youthful-looking complexion with zero irritation, so you can feel confident, even if you have sensitive skin.

Ingredients to carefully consider

Fragrance in skincare is a personal preference, so you should look for the option that works best for you, but be aware if you have sensitive skin, fragrances can sometimes be irritating. Some additional ingredients often found in skincare that you might consider avoiding include aluminum, which can dry the skin and cause irritation, or dyes because they are not necessary for the skin and can be irritating or drying.

With these guidelines, skincare can be simplified. Embrace powerful ingredients that are also gentle on the skin and you're sure to love the results.

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