Active skincare or clinical skincare, is considered more active than most over-the-counter products as they contain a higher percentage of active ingredients, they are the real “anti-ageing fighters”!
Most lines are built around targeted scent-free serums, which you layer on to address particular concerns (pigmentation, sallowness, fine lines,large pores) rather than thick luxurious creams that smell great but don’t really do a whole lot.
This is serious skin therapy without the pretty packaging, marketing and basically, the fluff.
So, let me introduce you to some active skincare brands and products you may not have heard of but must get acquainted with!
This is a buzzworthy AHA exfoliant that contains glycolic acid, arguably the most well researched AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) ingredient!
It has a silky serum texture, but make no mistake, this is the exfoliant step in your routine. Those wanting a comprehensive anti-ageing routine, GlyPro Antioxidant Serum contains a good mix of antioxidants and sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid).
Back to the glycolic acid: SkinMedica isn’t revealing the percentage, however we suspect it’s at least an 8% concentration, and may even be as high as 12–15%. The formula is within the pH range glycolic acid needs to exfoliate, which is essential for results.
Along with the lightweight hydrating ingredients also present, this product can firmly stand behind its claim of providing a “more vibrant, luminous texture.” It is definitely worth considering in your skincare routine!
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Combination Antioxidant Treatment comes complete with all manner of anti-aging ingredients, the ones you can actually bank on (based on a significant amount of research) and proven abilities to reduce free radicals and to defend skin against oxidative stress, as well as improving multiple signs of ageing. It contains 15% ascorbic acid, a form of vitamin C considered an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
15% ascorbic acid, when used on a regular basis and in conjunction with daily usage of a broad-spectrum sunscreen, can make a significant improvement in the appearance of sun damage, uneven skin tone and strengthen the skin’s barrier. Vitamin C can also help boost the free-radical protection ability of your sunscreen when worn underneath.
C E Ferulic Combination Antioxidant Treatment is a potent, well-formulated treatment that doesn’t include needless problematic ingredients. It is on the pricey side, but you’ll find this is a treatment that will likely deliver on your expectations.
The packaging for this wrinkle filler is meant to represent a syringe, which in turn reinforces the underlying message that this is a topical dermal filler, minus the doctor visit and pain associated with having something injected into skin.
Make no mistake, Targeted Filler T5 does work to smooth the appearance of wrinkles. What this does well is fill wrinkles, though like all such products, the effect is temporary.
As with most wrinkle fillers, the formula contains a mix of silicones for their smoothing and “filling” effect. This fragrance-free product contains a good array of anti-aging ingredients including cell-communicating peptides and fatty acid-based repairing ingredients. None of these will cause you to cancel that dermatologist appointment, but they will help skin look and act younger, which is great!
Nouvelle + Retinol Correction Cream contains the right mix of antioxidants along with a mid-strength dose of retinol (those with extra-sensitive skin, though, should proceed with caution due to the potency of this formula.) The pump-container will keep the air- and light-sensitive ingredients safe, and it’s fragrance-free.
Containing 0.6% retinol, Nouvelle + Retinol Correction Cream has research-supported potential to improve signs of sun damage in skin. The added anti-irritants and purported time-release encapsulation will potentially minimise the risk of skin sensitivity.
Neocutis also included vitamins C and E, which research shows work together synergistically with retinol to enhance their respective individual benefits. Nouvelle + Retinol Correction Cream A contains a potent level of retinol, combined with other beneficial antioxidants and anti-irritants, it is a very results driven anti-aging product.
The lightweight, thin lotion texture contains an impressive amount of niacinamide along with stabilized vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate), two ingredients with the ability to improve skin discolouration. Also in this formula are retinol and licorice root, which also have the ability to lighten discolorations, among other benefits.
In essence, this skin-lightening product stands a very good chance of giving you a more even skin tone as claimed!
As with any skin-lightening product, its effectiveness is tied to how diligent you are about protecting your skin from sun damage. That means applying a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater (and greater is better when brown spots are your concern) every day, rain or shine, clouds or full sun. It really is that important—and you will be amazed how much better your skin looks and acts overall when it is protected from further sun damage.
These are results driven products that deliver on their claims.