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5 skincare ingredients that improved my skin

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MARCH 22, 2023

I will admit that I wasn’t always a skincare girlie. I once fell victim to harsh exfoliants and pore-clogging skincare products that ruined my skin barrier. Over time, I’ve tried and tested various skincare ingredients, hoping to find the holy grail product that gives me glowing skin. I’m still on my skincare journey and trying new products, but these are some ingredients that have improved my skin. 


Niacinamide was one of the first skincare ingredients I discovered, and once I started using this ingredient, I never looked back. One property of niacinamide is its ability to regulate and reduce oil production. This is great for anyone who is acne prone and has oily skin. It is also a hydrating ingredient, so it can lock moisture into your skin and it won’t feel dry. 

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredient. This means it’s perfect for anyone who is acne prone because it can reduce inflammation and redness on your skin. I’ve found that it helps reduce both active acne and acne scars. Be sure to dilute it with a carrier oil before using it because it can be harsh on some skin types. 

Snail mucin

Maybe you’ve seen this ingredient all over TikTok, and it’s for a good reason. I’ve only recently started using this ingredient, but have found that it helps moisturize my skin. It can improve skin texture by exfoliating any dead skin cells from the face. Using this ingredient is a step to achieving glass skin.  

Salicylic acid

If you’re prone to blemishes and breakouts, look no further because salicylic acid has your back. Salicylic acid can unclog and reduce the size and appearance of pores, therefore improving breakouts. It can also remove dead skin and reduce redness. Salicylic acid is especially useful for treating whiteheads and blackheads.

Mandelic acid

Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), meaning it has exfoliating properties. It’s great for reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation and acne scars. It also stimulates the production of collagen and can therefore improve one’s fine lines or wrinkles.

No matter what your skin type is, trying out a skincare routine is worth it. There are plenty of ingredients, including many not listed, that work for specific skin types and can give you that glowing, glass skin you’ve always wanted. As with trying out anything new, take it slow and allow your skin to get used to a new product. 

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MARCH 22, 2023