As our collective obsession with skincare continues to grow, an increasing number of us are investigating the ingredients found in our favourite beauty products. Whatever you want to focus on in your skincare routine, you'll find a hero ingredient here to help. Here are four to look out for and where to find them.
Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a (non-psychoactive) chemical derived from cannabis. It was the biggest beauty buzzword of 2019 and is now found in a growing number of skincare products, as well as supplements and oils that help with anxiety and pain relief. Proven to have anti-inflammatory properties, it works wonders on stressed-out skin.
Also known as Vitamin A, retinol is one of the few skincare ingredients that's clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while improving the skin's elasticity. Celebrity dermatologist Dr Lancer explains: "Retinol is lauded for its medically and scientifically-proven ability to speed up the skin's cell cycle. It is one of the few ingredients on the market that comes with this absolute guarantee. It has no gimmicks." But it doesn't come without its drawbacks. Products containing retinol can initially cause dryness and irritation, so it's important to start small and build up your tolerance slowly.
You may have long associated Vitamin C with a healthy diet, but it's also a miracle skincare ingredient. It brightens your complexion, visibly reducing the appearance of scars and smoothing fine lines. It also helps to protect your skin from the effects of pollution, so it works best as part of a morning routine.
Rose is a skincare ingredient that's stood the test of time, most likely because it's a great all-rounder. Not only does it have a relaxing scent, it's also soothing and boosts hydration, while boasting antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, meaning it'll seriously help skin that's prone to redness and irritation.