Skin Revitalizing Skincare: Benefits & Ingredients
When you think of ”revitalizing,” what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s the blossoming of springtime. Perhaps it’s jumping in a cold pool on a hot, sticky summer day. Maybe it’s a weekend getaway to a meadow with a basket of fruition in tow. All of these moments are full of life and energy, which is exactly what revitalizing skincare aims to do.
We believe the goal of all skin revitalizing is to reveal younger, smoother skin. So let’s discuss what type of skincare helps revitalize your complexion and which ingredients work best for this purpose.
What Does “Revitalizing” Mean In Skincare?
Between sun exposure, acne, pollution, and natural skin aging, your skin’s texture and overall look can go through many changes. Perhaps, after time, it’s not as uniform in tone or firm in appearance as you’d like it to be. That’s when “revitalizing” skincare comes into play. It can help treat and reduce signs of aging caused by:
- Sun damage
- Acne scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven or dull skin tone
- Loose skin
As you can see, the term is quite broad. Revitalizing can refer to a range of methods to achieve more youthful-looking skin–such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments, chemical peels, dermabrasion, and more–but it also refers to topical products that aim to rejuvenate the skin. In today’s article, we’ll only focus on topical revitalizing skincare ingredients and formulations.
Top Benefits of Skin Revitalizing
Skin revitalizing helps your complexion look healthier, firmer, and brighter. But how does it do this? Let’s dive deeper into the leading benefits related to skin revitalizing skincare and how they work
1. Softer, Supple Skin
The most common area of revitalization is cellular turnover. Cellular turnover happens naturally–that is, your skin is constantly renewing itself. However, skin cells metabolize at a slower rate as we age. Enter: Exfoliation. Exfoliation can help remove the top layer of dead skin cell buildup while also working to increase the natural process of cellular turnover.
For that to happen, it’s best to reach for revitalizing topical skincare products that promote cellular turnover, such as retinol, AHAs, and BHAs. When you slough off the dryness and dullness from the top layer of your skin and stimulate new growth, you reveal smoother, softer skin underneath.
2. Reduced Appearance of Wrinkles
Much like with cellular turnover, collagen production slows down as you age. This lack of collagen results in common signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Skin revitalizing encourages new collagen growth to help firm and tighten the skin, thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
3. Brighter, Uniform Skin
This term “revitalizing” is also often used interchangeably with “energizing” skincare. In this sense, both options lead to the same road: a complexion that looks more rested, awake, and youthful! These formulations contain ingredients, such as niacinamide and ginseng, that help fade the appearance of scars and pigmentation which helps even skin tone and reveals a brighter complexion.
9 Best Topical Ingredients For Revitalizing Skincare
When it comes to revitalizing skincare, we’d all love a weekly trip to the spa! But at-home treatments are more practical and can be just as effective. When choosing a routine for your skin or discovering how to formulate your own products, there are some key nutrients to look out for. Here are the best ingredients for revitalizing skincare.
Retinol has been a buzzword ingredient for the last few years, with many consumers swooning over the results! A natural over-the-counter type of retinoid, this skincare ingredient converts to retinoic acid—an active form of vitamin A—in the skin. Retinol has been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone, increase collagen production and cellular turnover–essentially all the skin revitalizing benefits listed above!
The only downside? It can dry out skin or cause redness and sensitivity, so it’s one ingredient you’ll want to talk to a specialist before using. On that note, bakuchiol is a wonderful plant-based alternative for retinol.
2. Green Tea
Green tea isn’t just a delicious midday pick-me-up; it’s long been used for medicinal purposes. In recent years, it’s become a popular ingredient for skincare due to the polyphenols in green tea that acts as an antioxidant to help heal sun-damaged skin and prevent further damage. It’s also an anti-inflammatory and contains caffeine and tannins, which decrease puffiness.
3. Vitamin C
Much like green tea, Vitamin C is one of those well-known nutrients that we regularly consume in our diet that is also really beneficial for your skin! This powerhouse ingredient acts as an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals to protect the skin and produce anti-aging benefits. It also works to brighten the skin for a revitalizing, radiant glow that’s undeniable.
Everyone’s favorite ingredient in a morning cup of joe is also an invigorating skincare ingredient. Overall, caffeine and tannins (the chemical compounds that give coffee, chocolate, and tea that bitter flavor) work by shrinking blood vessels and decreasing puffiness, making it a wonderful ingredient to add to under-eye creams to reduce dark circles and tired eyes. In addition, a 2013 study found that the compounds in coffee could help promote healthy skin and boost collagen.
It’s also commonly found in invigorating coffee body scrubs! Research shows these exfoliating scrubs containing caffeine work to dehydrate skin cells, which can help decrease the appearance of cellulite and improve the appearance of rough skin.
5. Rosehip Oil
Rosehip oil is jam-packed with skin-loving antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C, and E, as well as linolenic acid. These are all essential components to a robust skin barrier and the building blocks for collagen. Extracted from Rosa canina seeds–AKA the seeds of a wild rose bush– it also has anti-inflammatory benefits, making it soothing for sensitive skin, eczema, rosacea, and cystic breakouts.
6. Grapeseed Oil
For another oil on the list, here’s one worthy of the gods. We all know wine is chock full of antioxidants, so it’s no surprise that grapeseed oil is as well! It’s extracted from grape seeds and is mostly known for its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Studies have shown that it can help speed up the healing process and decrease the formation of keloid scars (raised scars). It’s also been known to reduce redness and hyperpigmentation. And for a final kicker, it’s incredibly hydrating. Hello, clear and uniform skin that glows!
A favorite among Korean skincare, ginseng is actually a superfood rich in high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This hero ingredient protects your skin from free radicals and has coffee-like energizing effects that brighten and revitalize your look.
Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, works to brighten and smooth the skin, reduce hyperpigmentation, and calm inflammation. Niacinamide can also help visibly tighten pores. This is especially helpful for improving “orange peel skin,” which is when sun damage causes pores to become stretched, and the skin develops a texture similar to an orange peel.
Papayas, like the other fruits on the list, are high in vitamins–specifically A and C. The key difference? Papayas have a special enzyme called papain which works to increase cellular regeneration for brighter, smoother skin! This, in turn, reduces hyperpigmentation and acne scars.
Tips For Formulating Revitalizing Skincare Products
Now that you have a list of these hardworking ingredients and actives (ingredients that have been proven to make changes in the skin) you may be looking to formulate your own revitalizing skincare products. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when creating your own skincare formulations.
- Retinol: If you have sensitive skin, it’s best not to combine retinol with other potentially irritating ingredients, such as AHAs, BHAs, or physical exfoliants. Retinol combines well with a moisturizer, which can help hydrate the skin and reduce the risk of irritation.
- Caffeine: This ingredient is great for transporting actives into the skin (helping these wonderful ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin, rendering them more effective). Having said that, caffeine works well with ingredients such as Vitamin C for a brightening serum or with ginseng to energize the skin and optimize cellular energy.
- Green tea: This ingredient is difficult to formulate because it is highly unstable and is easily oxidized when exposed to ambient light. Store in a cool, dry place.
- Niacinamide: This ingredient pairs well with other ingredients like hydroquinone, kojic acid, and soy for tackling hyperpigmentation–as they work synergistically on the “pigment pathway.”
Formulate Revitalizing Products With Beauty Ingredients
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