You may have heard that beauty is only skin-deep. Well, quite befitting, even so, there is no denying that essentially every woman (or, for that matter, even a man) on the planet craves a healthy appearance of the skin, aspiring for that “lit from within kind of glow.” While in the last few years, covid has changed the course of our lives, and with not much access to salons and stuff, the beauty and wellness regimens witnessed ample modifications and adapting. The minimalistic approach to skincare regimen with more focus on augmenting skin health has been a fascinating trend in dermatology.

As we all know, Netmeds has turned seven! Celebrating this remarkable journey, as a part of our 7th Anniversary series, we bring you a list of seven components that can be part and parcel of your skin care.
Skincare for glowing skin 

A healthy body and clean, spotless skin makes your overall complexion look radiant. The new derma trend is to embrace gentle ingredients for achieving that sizzling glow from within. While women are getting more experimental these days, there is no harm in trying what works best for your appearance. 

Get your hands on the best and sizzle with these phenomenal constituents to keep your skin splendid looking. Try them as a stand-alone product or infuse them with other beautiful components. We assure you that these seven beauty components are worth trying. And why not? After all, life is all about feeling beautiful from the inside out. So here we are, keeping our promise to bring out the best in you, helping you stay hearty and gorgeous!

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Seven Wonders For The Skin

Alpha Hydroxy Acids 

Procured from natural sources such as milk and fruits, these are gentle chemicals that exfoliate the uppermost layer of skin, giving room for new cells to generate. Fundamentally five acids, lactic acid is present in dairy and fermented vegetables, glycolic acid comes from sugarcane, malic acid is present in apples, citric acid comes from citrus fruits, and tartaric acid comes from grapes. While all AHAs work towards skin health, lactic and glycolic acid is popular ones amongst all five in the skin care domain and is used in anti-ageing products to battle fine lines, reduce pigmentation, brighten skin tone and improve texture. Glycolic acid penetrates beyond the top layer of the skin, whereas lactic acid works as a mild and non-irritating exfoliant suitable for sensitive skin. If you are a first-time user of AHAs, look for products with a pH level of not more than 3.5 to 4 and ensure that the concentration of AHAs is below 10 percent.

When To Use: 

Incorporate AHAs in your night routine. Avoid using the retinol-based product along with it and just apply a moisturizer before AHA-based product application.

Aloe Vera Gel

Brimming with fabulous skin befitting properties, aloe vera is indeed one of the most widely used herbal remedies for treating skin conditions. Along with skin-soothing ingredients, such as echinacea and calendula, besides marvellous microbial properties, aloe vera is ninety percent water. With topical application of its gel, the cells of the skin’s epidermis stick together, which helps in locking moisture into the skin. It possesses enzymes, antioxidants, and Vitamins A and C, which can treat acne, and dry skin issues, increase elasticity of the skin, and aid regeneration of skin cells. Salicylic acid in aloe vera helps unclog the pores and remove pesky scars. It is suitable for all skin types and can be safely applied to sensitive skin as well.

When To Use: 

Preferably in the night before going to sleep, it can also be used in the morning before taking a shower. 

Also Read: Aloe Vera: Here’s Why You Should Use This Wonder Gel Based Products For Beautiful Hair And Skin

Retinol

Another popular ingredient in skin care, retinol is a fat-soluble of the Vitamin A family. It has been trending as one of the most on-the-radar potent skincare ingredients in anti-ageing realm. A powerful antioxidant, it fights free-radical damage, promotes cell renewal, and thickens the skin layer where wrinkles form while boosting your skin’s collagen and preserving your collagen stores. If that is not all, it also aids the production of new blood vessels in the skin, which improves skin tone and texture. With so many sappy skin benefits, no wonder it has been a star in derma care. However, retinol addition to daily skin routine should be a gradual process and the skin’s tolerance to it takes time.

When To Use:

Retinol is best applied at night as it increases skin sensitivity to the sun making it more sensitive. Never forget to follow it up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen in case you have to step out.

Also Read: Retinol: Discover The Benefits Of This Wonder Ingredient For Skin Care And Beauty

Polyhydroxy Acid

One fabulous skincare ingredient, polyhydroxy acids are a type of hydroxy acids, just like alpha-hydroxy acids and beta-hydroxy acids. Out of all three, they are considered the mildest. It serves as a good substitute for people with sensitive skin and the ones who cannot tolerate AHA’s and BHA’s that are stronger in comparison to polyhydroxy acids, these exfoliators clear dead skin cells, reduce hyperpigmentation and reverse sun damage to promote an even tone and a radiant appearance. Some of the most popular PHAs used in skincare products are lactobionic acid, galactose, and gluconolactone and are found in cleansers, toners, moisturisers, masks, and serums. Use it in the form of a toner or even a face wash. It is recommended to use PHA products in combination with other moisture-locking ingredients such as glycerine.

When To Use:

PHA products are safe to use in the morning or at night after washing the skin thoroughly. Like other exfoliating treatments, Polyhydroxy Acids are best applied to clean skin.

Vitamin C

Ascorbic acid, also known as Vitamin C, is one skincare ingredient that has been here for the longest time. A powerful and potent antioxidant that helps combat free radicals, repair UV damage caused by harmful UV rays, prevent premature ageing, reduce hyperpigmentation and brighten the skin tone, Vitamin C's benefits are countless. This powerful Vitamin is comprehensively used in cleansers, serums, moisturisers, sunscreens, and face masks. It is also popped in the form of a chewable tablet.

When To Use:

Vitamin C serums and creams should be used in the morning because the antioxidant properties in this Vitamin will become a defense against pollutants and free radicals that could otherwise damage the skin.

Also Read: Vitamin C – Functions, Food Sources, Deficiencies and Toxicity

Bakuchiol

Bakuchiol is a plant extract used extensively in Chinese and Indian medicine for years. An alternative to retinol or a gentler cousin of it that offers a less-irritating, clean, natural, and vegan alternative, it boasts of stupendous wellness benefits for skin and hair. Bakuchiol has been gaining immense popularity in skin care products since products formulated with this herb have fabulous anti-ageing properties. They help reduce hyperpigmentation, pigmentation, wrinkles, dark spots, fine lines, and severe oxidative stress caused by harsh UV rays. Known to be extremely gentle on the skin and it is suitable for even people with sensitive skin.

When To Use:

Bakuchiol should preferably be used before going to bed. You can also apply a night cream on top of it.

Also Read: Bakuchi: Health Benefits, Uses In Ayurveda, Formulations, Dosage, Side Effects

Centella Asiatica-Cica

Centella Asiatica or Cica, also known as tiger grass, has recently gained popularity through the range of popular K-beauty products trending in the market. A leafy green herb-rich that is rich in fatty acids and many essential flavonoids, this plan has been in use for more than 3,000 years in traditional Chinese medicine. At present, it is heralded as one of the most potent anti-ageing ingredients in skincare products. Cica extracts help regulate collagen synthesis, prevent oxidative damage from environmental stressors and strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier. You can use cica products to reduce acne, scars, dryness, skin inflammation, fine lines, and wrinkles. Available in several forms such as balms, creams, lotions, sunscreens, cica based creams are the latest skincare craze, promising extreme hydration and radiance.

When To Use:

Cica is best in the morning. Use cica cream after applying other products as it can act as a thick moisturizing barrier cream. A serum can be applied underneath the regular moisturiser, and apply sunscreen on top.