If you flip the label of your favourite skincare and check the list of ingredients, you’ll find most have a long list of ingredients.
Depending on what type of product it is, amongst those ingredients, you’ll find the mainstays of the cosmetic industry.
Active ingredients, all in the cosmetic and scientific industry agree, are proven to work on the skin.
These are the ABC’s of skincare.
The vitamin’s you should always include in your skincare routine.
There are a few versions of vitamin A. There is the free form acid, known as retinoic acid. In Australia, retinoic acid is only available with a prescription from your doctor. Recognised by your skin cells, the skin readily absorbs retinoic acid.
The other common form of vitamin A is retinol which is used widely in skincare formulations. Once applied to the skin, it converts to retinoic acid. And then there are the esters of vitamin A. Providing surface protection from the sun as well as converting to retinoic acid and increasing cell turnover and repairing the DNA of the skin cell and restoring it to optimal functioning.
Once absorbed vitamin A activates your cell turnover from 28 – 45 days (depending on your age), to 14 – 21 days.
Basal cells are activated to reproduce more efficiently, which in turn speeds the movement of skin cells through the epidermis and eventually the surface layer where they exfoliate. Vitamin A plumps up the skin, decreases wrinkles, minimises pigmentation and improves the integrity of the skin and improves the outcomes of acne and congested skin.
No matter where you are in your life stage, you can incorporate vitamin A into your skincare routine and you should.
The key is starting low and slow and building your usage to avoid a retinoid reaction.
Another proven ingredient is vitamin B3. Also known as the active form found in skincare formulas, niacinamide.
When applied to the skin, niacinamide will imporve the barrier function of your skin by increasing essential ceramides that ensure you have a healthy protective lipid barrier.
When your natural lipid barrier is improved, you skin functions as it should. Your skin will produce less oil and will be able to retain more moisture leaving it better hydrated.
Better protected skin with adequate levels of hydration can cope better with whatever environmental stress comes along.
Niacinamide is also anti-inflammatory, which is beneficial for skins suffering from acne, rosacea and sensitivity.
Niacinamide works synergistically with vitamin A.
The most commonly used form of vitamin C is L-ascorbic acid which is the same molecule you’ll find in your favourite citrus fruits.
Vitamin C gives the skin so much. It’s a real saviour to the skin. When used daily in combination with vitamin A and B3, vitamin C will protect your skin from damage caused by the sun.
Vitamin C does this by protecting your skin from the heat of the sun and visible light, and while vitamin C does not take the place of your sunscreen, you should consider the two go hand in hand when protecting your skin from the heat of the sun and sun damaging uv radiation.
When used regularly, vitamin C will also stimulate collagen production, minimise pigmentation and is an excellent all-round vitamin for keeping your skin in tip-top condition.
When you put all three vitamins together, you’re getting a perfect synergy between three powerhouse vitamins keeping your skin in the very best condition. Vibrant, resilient and glowing with good health.
And finally, Z for Zinc.
Zinc is probably the best way to protect your skin from the sun. Zinc is a natural mineral sourced from the earth and its an essential mineral for overall good health.
In your diet, zinc comes from the foods you eat. Oysters are known to contain the highest source of dietary zinc, followed by meat proteins, nuts, seeds and dairy products.
Zinc Oxide used in sunscreens is an earth mineral and when applied to the skin becomes a shield against the sun. Sophisticated formulas now micronise zinc oxide so you can apply it without the visible white mask as commonly seen on surfers and cricketers.
We love zinc oxide as an alternative to chemically derived sunscreen ingredients for is superior ability to block the sun without damaging the skin.
Introducing Synergie Skin
Synergie Skin is an amazing Australian skincare brand, and we’re excited and proud to announce the launch of Synergie Skin at Select Skin.
It’s medical-grade skincare created by cosmetic chemist Terri Vinson who believes ‘Clean Science’ is about harnessing the best of what science and nature can offer in synergy.
As a result, all Synergie products are guaranteed to generate a visible, positive change to your skin, penetrate at a cellular level for optimal delivery and is safe, user-friendly, and always elegant to apply.
Synergie Skin Ultimate A – Essential Vitamin A Serum
A powerful, essential night serum designed to assist in regulating skin processes. Ultimate A’s key ingredient, vitamin A (as stabilised retinol), is active, gentle and penetrative, addressing skin concerns without irritation.
Synergie Skin Vitamin B – Essential Niacinamide Serum
An essential night serum for all skin types, vitamin B is the great multitasking cosmeceutical.
Containing 13% of the active ingredient, vitamin B3 (niacinamide), this formula is designed to rejuvenate the skin, enhance skin clarity and luminosity, and strengthen against a broad range of conditions such as dryness, pigmentation and excess sebum.
Synergie Skin SupremaC+ Essential Vitamin C Serum
Featuring 20% CMF Triacid Complex, SupremaC+ revives lacklustre skin for optimal radiance and hydration levels, brightens uneven skin tone, addresses signs of pigmentation at the source, and provides a rich does of antioxidants to protect against free radical damage.
Synergie Skin Uber Zinc Broad Spectrum SPF15/PA+++
UberZinc (SPF15/PA+++) is a hydrating moisturiser formulated with 21% pure zinc oxide offering broad-spectrum UVA and UVB solar protection.
Your number one anti-ageing product, the non-comedogenic formula does not clog pores and has added pure green tea for its potent antioxidant properties.
Synergie Skin is only available at our clinic.
If you’re not sure whether you’ve got the A, B, C & Z’s of skincare in your home routine, get in touch on 03 8034 2140 or book a consultation and we can guide you in what’s the best routine for you.
See you next time,