Surprising Ways to Improve Your Skin

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If you’ve spent any energy devoted to improving your complexion, you may think you understand all the strategies for achieving clear and healthy-looking skin. However, there are some surprising skin care facts you may not know about that can help you rethink your routine.

For example, acids in skin care products can mean many different things, and there is often a negative connotation with the ingredient. However, there are many effective ways to work acids into your skincare regimen like applying retinol creams that have retinoic acid which will give you smooth and young looking skin.

• Glycolic acid is the most effective alpha-hydroxy acid, according to dermatologists, due to its small molecule size — allowing it to penetrate deeper, act as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and reveal renewed skin. Consider incorporating this acid into your mask routine to smooth skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and allow for smoother application of makeup. Ninety-three percent of women reported skin that felt soft and smooth after just one use of StriVectin Glycolic Skin Reset Mask, a formulation that is paired with a proprietary form of Niacin/Vitamin B3 called NIA-114, to offer age-fighting benefits.

• Oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid that replenishes the skin’s lipid layer, is an essential component of skin barrier function, and the foundation of healthy, resilient skin. As skin’s lipids deplete as you age, you may need to actively offer your skin the benefits of this acid. The ingredient will repair visible signs of aging and sooth dry, damaged skin.

• Hyaluronic acid, a hydrating molecule that attracts and retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water, is naturally found in skin. As one ages, its presence diminishes, leading to dehydration, fine lines and wrinkles. However, you can rehydrate and replump skin by applying this acid topically. Consider StriVectin Hyaluorinic Dual-Response Serum, which contains six unique forms of hyaluronic acid and should be used under one’s moisturizer.

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Remember, it’s all about balance — pH balance that is. So, don’t shy away from a skin care routine that uses acids, just do so wisely to achieve the right effect.

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