What is collagen and why do we need it?
We all have different skincare needs. When you think of applying masks, what do you usually have in mind? For me, a cup of tea, some candles, PJ’s, cozy slippers, soaking in the tub with a few bath bombs (without kids), maybe even hanging out with the girlfriends, if we are so fortunate as most of us are usually “running around on empty” by the end of the day. It’s typically a night home dedicated to pure relaxation. This is fun… just make sure it’s time well spent.
My recommendation is to skip the apricot scrub or charcoal mask and focus on what your skin is really in need of. The ingredients the skin is usually in need of include chemical exfoliants (glycolic, lactic acid, retinol), which assists with dullness, removes excess oils and unclogs pores. The second ingredient is antioxidants like Vitamin C which helps prevent premature aging and helps brighten. The third are peptides such as collagen and hyaluronic acid, which improves skin tone, making the skin more supple and plump. Remember; always apply serums prior to lotions and/or creams for greatest absorption.
When it comes down to it, don’t choose the treatment that is most appealing to you or what everyone is raving over, choose the one that will be most beneficial for your individual needs and never skimp on sunscreen.
Nicole Winterhalter, Nurse Practitioner
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