Updated: Aug 4
You’ll want to share them with everyone you know
These days, you don’t have to be a beauty expert to be familiar with everything from acids to retinol. Extensive beauty articles online and YouTube videos detail the best types of ingredients to look out for in skincare, so don’t be surprised if even the average girl can rattle off the differences between AHA and BHA exfoliants!
But if you’re coveting a blemish-free and perfect complexion, while looking to shrink large pores at the same time—we’re here to make your search a little easier. Here are 5 secret ingredients you should keep an eye out for:
Also known as Vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is an effective ingredient with various benefits that range from pore-minimizing qualities to the reduction of fine lines and dullness. Here are some of its many amazing features:
Minimizes pores, lines, and wrinkles – Improves your skin’s lipid barrier and increases cell differentiation, producing more collagen and elastin in your skin so you have a youthful-looking complexion with refined pores.
Prevents moisture loss – When your skin’s epidermal lipid barrier is improved, it works better in retaining your skin’s moisture level and prevents Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL). The skin then becomes well-hydrated and strong.
Prevents redness and blotchiness – Improves your skin’s structure, which leads to the reduction of redness (especially helpful for those with inflamed blemishes), blotchiness, as well as sensitivity caused by environmental factors.
Reduces hyperpigmentation – Suppresses melanin caused by frequent UV rays—so you have fewer freckles and age spots.
Rids dull and sallow skin – Reverses the signs of aging and tired skin by reducing the negative impact of oxidative stress.
2. AHA (Lactic Acid & Glycolic Acid)
AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and they come in many different variations. However, they share one thing in common—making skin look younger. Both Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid are two prominent mild acids popular in skincare for fighting acne and their skin-exfoliating properties that prevent and lighten acne scarring. When dead skin is removed, your skin naturally looks brighter and smoother!
Let’s start with Lactic Acid, a natural acid that’s derived from milk, fruit, vegetables and other plants. It’s known to be hydrating and great at increasing the natural barrier lipids in the outer layer of skin that helps to reduce fine lines, while also containing brightening and lightening properties that fade post-blemish dark spots and its renowned oil-control properties that keep pimples at bay!
The smaller a molecule, the easier it gets absorbed into the skin. Glycolic Acid is the smallest of all acids, yet is the one that produces superior results. Besides being used the most in anti-aging products and peels, Glycolic Acid helps to eliminate the build-up of oils and dead skin cells on your skin. In doing so, pores are unclogged to prevent future blemishes. Glycolic Acid also works to regenerate collagen, thicken epidermis and dermis, and even helps to even out skin tone.
3. Witch Hazel
Do a quick search for ingredients in pimple treatment solutions and chances are you’ll see the name ‘Witch Hazel’ pop up. The quirky named, medicinal plant-based remedy is native to North America and contains natural antioxidant and astringent properties that are effective in reducing inflammation. This prevents signs of aging and speeding up the process of healing. As for skincare, it works as a natural remedy for skin discoloration and refreshes skin to:
Prevent oily skin
Refine large pores
Stop swelling and redness from inflamed spots
Further lock in moisture to give your skin all-round soothing rejuvenation
4. Wild Yam Extracts
Much love is given to potatoes in food, but did you know that the lesser-known yam also deserves some recognition, especially in skincare? The scientific term for wild yam is ‘Dioscorea villosa’, and it’s filled with steroid saponins—naturally occurring plant molecules that have a whole suite of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties. In fact, one specific compound known as diosgenin enhances DNA synthesis in human skin, penetrating deeply into your skin to restore skin cells while fighting the loss of collagen. Wild yam extracts are also great in preventing wrinkles and sagging skin, reducing pigmentation, plus soothing irritated and sensitive skin.
Ceramides are natural components of your skin, with all four layers of the epidermis containing ceramides. But what do they actually do? Well, they are essential in retaining your skin’s moisture, building a natural barrier that locks in hydration for a supple complexion. If your skin lacks ceramides, you’ll start to see dry skin and wrinkles appear. Ceramide levels also dip considerably as one ages, so it’s important to use skincare that contains a sufficient amount of ceramides to ‘top up’ what your skin lacks.
Now that you know the 5 ingredients that are vital in delivering you a flawless complexion, we’ve got exciting news to share! If you’ve been a fan of the anti-pigmentation and anti-aging moisturizers from The Moisturizers Co, you’ll be happy to know that they have launched a new product—the Ultra Pore Refiner Anti-Blemish Night Cream…and it contains all the key ingredients we’ve mentioned, combining all their benefits into one glorious skin treat!
With carefully measured concentrations of these powerful ingredients blended with superior technology under GMP Certified conditions, The Moisturizers Co’s Ultra Pore Refiner with Niacinamide is a high efficacy moisturizer that is non-greasy and non-drying to help you achieve clear, smooth and supple complexion with reduced blemishes. Or to put it simply, just look absolutely flawless.
So if you have oily/combination skin, experience frequent breakouts / enlarged and clogged pores, while also dealing with premature aging and fine lines concerns from regular usage of drying, oil-control skincare, this night cream from The Moisturizers Co. is perfect for you.
It might sound too good to be true, but we tried it ourselves. We’re sure this new night cream will prove just that!
Also known as Vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is an effective ingredient with various benefits that range from pore minimizing qualities to the reduction of fine lines and dullness.
Refresh and refine your skin with Ultra Pore Refiner Anti-Blemish Night Cream with Niacinamide from The Moisturizers Co. that contains a skin-pleasing mix of Niacinamide, AHA, Wild Yam Extracts, Witch Hazel and Ceramide to help you achieve a clear and smooth complexion with reduced blemishes. Or to put it simply, just look absolutely flawless.
About us: We are Skintelligence, a team focused on a 'skin-first' approach to beauty through artificial intelligence. We match products to you based on your unique skin type and needs. Results are highly accurate and personalized with AI and machine learning. It's fun, convenient, and it works. Try it here.
As featured in Her World, CLEO, FEMALE, Shape, Nuyou, Singapore Women’s Weekly, Daily Vanity, Layers of Skins.