super ingredients in your summer skincare

these are the super ingredients you *need* in your summer skincare routine

The transition to summer weather brings the smell of the sea, longer nights, and lazy days sipping cocktails. But there are a few things that aren’t quite as dreamy, like dramatic changes to your skin. We’re talking breakouts, dehydration, and premature ageing. To make the transition a little bit easier, we’ve rounded up seven of the super ingredients you need in your summer skincare regimen - in fact, you can find them all in our summer-in-a-bottle serums!

vitamin C (ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate) & vitamin E

Want fresh, glossy skin? Vitamin C is widely regarded as the ultimate skin brightening agent. Vitamin C products play a major role in collagen production. This means the super ingredient can help plump your skin, adding to the youthful look that everyone wishes for this time of year. Identifying the right type of vitamin C for your skin is essential. Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate is one of the most stable derivatives of vitamin C. Because it’s oil-soluble, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate can be used in higher concentrations without irritating the skin, making it our pick for the best form of vitamin C. And things get even better when vitamin C and vitamin E - which fights off free radicals - get together. The combination is more effective in preventing photodamage than either vitamin alone.

retinol (hydroxypinacolone retinoate)

Retinol is an important step in all preventative skincare routines, especially in summer when skin tends to be more susceptible to dark spots. It works by strengthening the protective function of the epidermis. For the same reason, retinol protects against environmental stressors like UV damage (let’s call it hyperpigmentation’s nemesis). If you’re looking to up your glow in a hurry, start with hydroxypinacolone retinoate, which is an extremely effective yet less sensitising version of retinol. Just remember to use a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 to 50 to make sure you're properly protected.

hyaluronic acid (hyaluronic acid complex) & niacinamide

High temps and drying air-conditioning can leave skin dehydrated, so an extra dose of moisture is essential for keeping skin dewy. If you’ve just spent a full day outdoors, focus on ingredients that lock in moisture. As a result of its water retention properties, hyaluronic acid (HA) can be extremely beneficial. Especially hyaluronic acid complex, which delivers high levels of the powerful ingredient. In addition to HA, niacinamide (aka vitamin B3) boosts your skin’s hydration level. The best part: it’s safe to use on all skin types, perfect for anyone with inflamed, irritated, or stressed-out skin.

salicylic acid

Acne sufferers listen up - In the summer, higher levels of humidity can cause amplified oil build-up. High humidity means that sweat stays on your skin longer, clogging your pores and causing acne. Salicylic acid exfoliates the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, revealing smoother skin underneath. A two-percent concentration of salicylic acid has been clinically-tested to help keep pores clear and prevent breakouts.

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glycolic acid

Suffering from dull or uneven skin. Then glycolic acid is just for you. Glycolic acid is an alphahydroxy acid that was originally derived from sugar cane and has become one of the most popular alphahydroxy acids (AHA) used in skincare products. Glycolic acid has a small molecular size which allows it to be easily absorbed through the skin and its primary action is to exfoliate the outer skin layer and to increase cell turnover. This results in smoothing of uneven skin tone, refines the appearance of pores and helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. A super effective at home chemical peel that requires no neutralisation.