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Skin Care Ingredients Explained

There's a large array of skin care ingredients out there at the moment, and it's hard to keep up with what they all do. That's why we've created this skin care ingredient fact sheet where you can find all the information you need on the most popular skin care ingredients.

Skin Care Ingredients - What Are They And What Do They Do

Here you'll find facts about Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Creatine, Argan Oil, Q10, Hyaluronic Acid, and Soy Extract so you can find out what the best skin care products are for you and give your skin the best skin care for it.
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Vitamin C

Vitamin C has many benefits for your skin, it contains lots of antioxidants and is vital for collagen production in the skin. It's suitable for all skin types and is a wonderful anti-aging skin care ingredients due to its involvement in collagen production, helping to give your skin a more youthful glow and firmness. 

The 6 mains skin care benefits of Vitamin C are:

  1. Reduces hyperpigmentation of the skin
  2. Firms skin
  3. Reduces skin redness
  4. Hydrates skin
  5. Helps protect against UV light
  6. Enhances the skin's natural defence mechanism

Read more about Vitamin C as a skin care ingredient here, or take a look at the NIVEA Q10 Energy range which contains some of the best skin care products you can buy containing Vitamin E. From face masks, to body lotions, night creams and day creams there's something for everyone in this skin care range.

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Creatine is a substance that's naturally found in the body, and is responsible for supplying energy to the bodies cells. The bodies natural production of creatine declines as we age so it's important to replenish the skin's supplies. 

Creatine's main functions as a skin care ingredient when applied topically to the skin include:

  1. Boosts skin cell turnover and repair, which in turn helps to combat signs of ageing and minimise fine lines and wrinkles, as well as reducing signs of hyper-pigmentation
  2. Increases water content in cells to keep skin looking and feeling hydrated and moisturised for longer

Read more about Creatine as a skin care ingredient here.

Try the NIVEA Q10 Power Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Replenishing Serum Pearls, containing 10x more creatine than other products containing this effective anti-aging skin care ingredient.

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Vitamin E

Much like many substances that are good for our skin, Vitamin E also declines as we age if not supplemented in our skin care and our diet. It's especially good for helping to combat signs of ageing even before wrinkles appear, as it contains so many skin benefits that maintain a youthful complexion. It's also perfect for someone with mature skin, or very dry skin as it's extremely moisturising and helps to strengthen the natural skin barrier.

The main benefits of Vitamin E as a skin care ingredient include:

  1. Strengthens the skin barrier
  2. Powerful antioxidant
  3. Treats hyperpigmentation
  4. Increases your resistance to sun overexposure
  5. Helps reduce signs of acne scarring
  6. Promotes cell turnover and cell regeneration
  7. Extremely moisturising

Read more about Vitamin E as a skin care ingredient here.

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Argan Oil

Argan oil is known as 'liquid gold' because of how beneficial it is for skin and also hair. Derived from the nuts found on argan trees that are native to morocco, it contains Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Phenols, and Fatty Acids. All these skin care ingredients work together to produce one element that has it all. 

The main skin benefits of argan oil are:

  1.  Boosts skin elasticity
  2. Hydrates skin
  3. Prevents & reduces stretch marks
  4. Prevents & minimises sunspots
  5. Controls oily skin
  6. Reduces breakouts
  7. Helps to prevent wrinkles

Argan Oil can be applied to the skin as an oil, or mixed in with a day cream or night cream for every day use. Try the NIVEA Q10 Power 60+ range, all of which are enriched with rich argan oil.

Read more about argan oil as a skin care ingredient here.

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Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid has the unique ability to retain over 1,000 times its weight in water. It's produced naturally by the body and is found in our eyes, joints, and connective tissue. Hyaluronic acid works wonderfully as an anti-ageing component in face creams and face serums because it helps the skin to retain moisture when skin gets drier due to ageing.

Skin benefits of Hyaluronic Acid:

  1. Skin hydration
  2. Anti-wrinkles properties
  3. Skin healing properties
  4. Maintains healthy skin due to antioxidants

Read more here about what makes hyaluronic acid one of the best skin care ingredients on the market.

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Coenzyme Q10 is found naturally in all body cells, and it fulfils the skins basic functions such as cell repair and regeneration. Q10 levels in our skin decrease as we age, so it's important to replenish these levels to support the skin and protect it from damage that leads to visible skin ageing. 

Skin benefits of using Q10:

  1. Visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  2. Delays the onset of new signs of skin ageing
  3. Helps to maintain a youthful complexion for longer
  4. Skin feels softer and well nourished
  5. Protects the skin from damage due to free radicals

Discover more about Q10 as NIVEA's best anti aging skin care ingredients.

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Soy Extract

Soy extract comes from soybeans, and it's traditionally used in Chinese medicine. Asian soybean factory workers were actually known to have especially even-toned and smooth hands due to their frequent handling of soy. This is one of the major benefits to using soy extract as skin care ingredients. Soy extract is also packed full of antioxidants and nutrients that work together to help improve the health and condition of the skin and also works to slow down signs of skin ageing.

Skin benefits of soy extract:

  1. Prevents skin damage from free radicals
  2. Contains antioxidants to boost skin condition
  3. Improves skin elasticity
  4. Moisturising and oil production control
  5. Stimulates production of hyaluronic acid
  6. Natural source of Vitamin E for skin

Find out all there is to know about soy extract as one of the best skin care ingredients for youthful, smooth skin.