When exfoliating the skin with acids, peels, retinol, scrubs and laser treatments—both at-home or professional—it’s really important to incorporate products with soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredients into your skin care routine. Exfoliants work to inflame and injure the skin, and while this will offer beneficial skin-smoothing, anti-aging results, in the process they trigger inflammation and a cascade of free radicals.
Inflammation (even if your skin never shows redness) is known to be the underlying cause of aging and can work against your attempt for more youthful-looking skin, especially if you’re using many exfoliating products in your routine. Read: Science Lesson: The Free Radical Theory Of Aging
To deactivate potential damage, use calming, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients in your skin care routine such as:
White Tea-the most potent antioxidant blend of all teas (Found in Soothing Relief Serum)
Green Tea-anti-inflammatory antioxidant
Superoxide Dismutase-powerful biological antioxidant (Found in Skin Correcting Serum)
Ubiquinone-antioxidant CoEnzume Q-10 (Found in Intensive Firming Serum)
Trehalose-antioxidant cell protector (Found in Skin Correcting Serum)
Grape Seed Extract-firming antioxidant (Found in Triple Berry Smoothing Peel)
There are many other ingredients used in skin care products to help reduce damaging inflammation that I have not listed, but these are some of the popular ones.
Check your ingredients and make sure you’re using these beneficial ingredients in your skin care products so you can give your skin the defense it needs to keep inflammation and visible skin aging to a minimum. The end result? Happier, healthier and younger-looking skin.
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As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”