If you’ve been trying to find the ultimate beauty products for your skin, you could be looking for skincare love in all the wrong places. If you’ve been struggling with acne, are looking for a real anti-aging regimen or just want a brighter, clearer complexion you need to drop the generic, drug-store products and walk away.
What All Generic Skincare Products Have
You’re constantly being sold by beauty products. “New and improved!” or “Blemish-free technology”, “Overnight skin solution.” In commercials and on the shelves, the majority of beauty products are pushing the idea that they’ve got something the other guys don’t. But if you turn over the brightly-colored bottle and look at the ingredients, you’ll see the ingredients are all relatively the same. Some of the most common ingredients are:
Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs)
Alpha-hydroxy acids, including glycolic, lactic, tartaric, and citric acids, are found in many products that claim to smooth fine lines, irregular pigmentation and age spots. It can also help to shrink enlarged pores.
Beta-hydroxy acid (AKA salicylic acid)
You’re probably familiar with salicylic acid if your skin is acne-prone. The benefit of this ingredient is it removes dead skin and can improve the texture and color of sun-damaged skin.
Retinol is a well-known ingredient found in most “anti-aging” products. Its derived from vitamin A and can be found in many over-the-counter products, though in low dosages.
This is a form of vitamin C in many skin care products. Many brands market vitamin C in their products through different substances, however, L-ascorbic acid is the only useful form of vitamin C in skin care products. It stimulates collagen creation and minimizes fine lines, scars, and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic acid is often found in products boasting Vitamin C derivatives because it helps the skin to absorb it. Our bodies create hyaluronic acid naturally for different reasons, often as a lubricant. In beauty products, it’s often used to combat wrinkles. Over time, your diet, activities, and toxins can severely diminish the production of hyaluronic acid.
Where You Need to Buy Your Products
All of these elements are great and definitely have their perks. Your dermatologist can help you achieve your skincare goals. We have the skincare and product knowledge to help you achieve clear, smooth skin.
If you want a customized skincare routine to meet your goals, reach out to an experienced board-certified dermatologist. Dr. Ana M. Duarte and her staff at the Children’s Skin Center are South Florida’s premier pediatric dermatology practice. With offices in Miami (Nicklaus Children’s Hospital main campus), Coral Gables, Doral, Miami Lakes, Miramar, Kendall, Pinecrest, and Palm Beach Gardens, getting kid-friendly dermatology care with a board-certified dermatologist has never been easier or more convenient. Call (305) 669-6555 or use the secure online form to schedule your appointment today.