Actives 101 (Part 1)
What are actives in skincare? These are basically ingredients that are used to target a specific skin concern. From acne to wrinkles, actives are a huge game changer if you know exactly what your skin needs.
A huge favourite that acts as a powerful antioxidant. Helps to combat free radicals, fades dark spots, brighten skin tone, the list goes on and on. Vitamin C is one of the more common ingredient/product that everyone turns to for that extra protection in skincare. However, do take note that high concentration of Vitamin C may irritate acne skin.
Lucky you if you’ve not been using this for skin issues! A holy grail in acne regimen, BPO comes in different formulations and concentration to help in mild to moderate acne. They are often applied as a topical to affected areas. This ingredient basically helps to kill the p. acne bacteria (acne causing bacteria) and also acts as an anti-inflammatory to reduce redness/swelling. Downside of this active is drying out your skin which may then lead to itching and irritation too.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Aka AHA’s. You may not realise but your cleansers, moisturisers, toner and serum might already have small concentration of these acids. They may be listed in the ingredient list as glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid and more. AHA’s are basically water soluble acids that targets the outer layer of skin making it the best for skin issues like enlarged pores, mild hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone.
If you’re using any actives please make sure that you are doing proper sun protection. These actives increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Lack of sun protection may lead to more aggravation to the skin causing it more harm/skin issues and really just defeats the whole purpose of incorporating actives into your skincare. On a side note, I’ll be reviewing each of the product in the photo individually soon!