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…and what they are actually used for!

Many of us have an entire slew of skin care products in our medicine cabinet to keep our skin looking beautiful and refreshed, but do you know what all the ingredients in them are used for?

Proper skin care plays a huge part in effectively maintaining younger looking skin. There are several different products, each doing something differently for your skin whether that is moisturizing, toning, cleansing, or any of the other various benefits.

However, the chances are, when you turn the bottle around and look at the list of ingredients, you are just as confused as you would be if they were written in a foreign language. For those of you curious to know what some of the most popular ingredients are, here are five common ingredients found in skin care products, and a brief description of what they are used for.

  1. Glycolic Acid: This exfoliator is considered to be one of the best when it comes to skin care and is often used in the treatment of acne, stimulating collagen, correcting skin tone, reducing lines and wrinkles, and evening out pigmentation.
  2. Collagen: This is what keeps your skin looking smooth and firm. As we age, our collagen supply slowly decreases, leading to the development of wrinkles or fine lines. Products with collagen help your skin to retain moisture and self-repair.
  3. Peptides: These are used most commonly in anti-aging products because of its ability to stimulate your body’s own natural collagen production as well as heal damaged skin and boost the natural activity of antioxidants.
  4. Vitamin D: Vitamin D is helpful in treating acne, improving elasticity, stimulating the production of collagen, providing a glowing complexion, treating lines and wrinkles, and correcting the appearance of dark spots.
  5. Sulfur: This is one of dermatologists’ favorite ingredients when it comes to the treatment of acne. It is often found in masks and works by purging your skin of impurities to provide for a clearer complexion.

A proper skin care regime requires a few, if not all, of these ingredients. Even more so, skin rejuvenation and maintenance requires a professional diagnosis and who better to evaluate your skin than a board-certified plastic surgeon. Check out what your cosmetic surgeon offers in the way of skin care products and learn what they can do for your skin health.

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