Skincare expert reveals the beauty ingredients that actually work

Scientific advances in the beauty industry happen faster than the blink of an eye, but what products are worth our time and money?

David Khoo, Olay’s head scientist, takes the guess work out of the skincare game by letting us in on a few ingredients that really work and the ailments they aid.

Top of the class

According to David, niacinamide has been found to play a huge role in maintaining skin health.

“Our research has found that among other things, it is energising, anti-inflammatory, stimulates skin cell renewal and builds the barrier,” he explains. “Olay scientists have been well-published scientific leaders in understanding the role of niacinamide, and we have numerous patents around its formulation.”

As one of the most extensively researched skincare ingredients, it’s little wonder that so many in the industry, especially dermatologists, tout it as one of their favourites. 

A wrinkle in time

Although there are many formulations that are aimed at reducing the appearance of wrinkles, David says retinol can be very effective, however it can cause a level of irritation in some people.

“It’s part of a larger family of ingredients known as retinoids,” he explains. “Olay uses a retinoid known as retinyl propionate that causes less irritation and has been scientifically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles along with visible hyperpigmentation, while boosting collagen production.”

Complexion perfection

If your skin is sporting pigmentation and dark spots, David explains that it’s due to an overproduction and accumulation of melaniin a certain area.

“There are a number of ingredients that help to do this, such as niacinamide, sepiwhite and carnosine – they work as a team at different stages of melanin production to prevent or remove the pile-up,” he says.

Aiding sun damage

Sun damage is responsible for many troubles as the breakdown of the skin’s collagen structure can result in uneven texture, wrinkles and sagging. Along with this, he explains that melanin production can then go haywire, which results in spots and an uneven complexion, and the skin then dulls due to a slow in renewal.

“The first step is to prevent further damage,” he states. “Your skin is constantly seeking to renew and repair itself already, and using a good sunscreen along with antioxidants like Vitamin E, C or green tea, can help your skin’s efforts show.”

Then he recommends using products that contain niacinamide or a retinoid, along with a cleanser targeted at renewing dull skin. Last, but not least, he says a little intensive care in the form of a penetrative mask can’t hurt either.

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