Overworked skin is a thing and we all suffer from it. Dullness, sagginess, dryness and wrinkles are all signs of our skin’s lack of energy. Why? Because of the environment we live in. Pollution, staring at computer screens, rushing around, not getting enough sleep – we’re all guilty of it because it’s the lifestyle we’ve adjusted to living. However, incredible, innovative ingredients are being added to skincare formulas every day. Could they be our skin saviours? Let’s take a look.

The Science

When comparing healthy skin cells to overworked ones, results are known to show that the latter struggle to regenerate. This process normally happens at night time while our skin moves into repair mode. Anti-inflammatory and anti-stress hormones are released allowing us to effectively sleep our skin younger. However, all those late nights spent watching that extra episode on Netflix or scanning socials on our phones before we finally turn in often stop us from doing this.

If we were to aim to sleep longer, improve our organisation skills to decrease stress levels and generally slow down a little bit, this would lead to healthier skin in the long run that would produce more energy cell regeneration vitamins. However, to optimise this process, skincare comes in rather handy. More and more ground-breaking ingredients are coming to the surface every day.

Ingredients To Look Out For

Moonlight cactus –  Repairs skins radiance and is as efficient as melatonin, the chemical our body produces while we sleep. It has high levels of vitamin E which keeps the skin nourished by drawing in maximum moisture while boosting the fatty acid known as linoleic which encourages cell growth.

FD Recommends:

Pacifica Cactus and Kale Lotion, £10.80 / RRP £15.99

Marsh Mallow – The extract of this plant helps to soften skin, lower swelling and kill bacteria. It’s also known to treat sunburn and dry skin too.

Barbary Fig – Helps to support skin structure with its antioxidant-rich, light oil that provides intense hydration. This deeply moisturising ingredient easily penetrates the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin).

FD Recommends:

Di Palomo Wild Fig & Grape Body Wash, £7.99 / RRP £10.00

Orange Blossom – Renowned for its many uses and benefits, orange blossom extract naturally contains anti-microbial properties to provide the skin with a fresh feel, while removing excess dirt and oil that clogs pores resulting in supple, nourished skin.

FD Recommends:

The Naked Bee Orange Blossom Honey Moisturiser, £11.99 / RRP £15.99

Glycolic Acid – Known as the holy grail for exfoliation, this acid effectively removes the outermost layer of dead cells to reveal brighter, fresher skin. It’s great for treating scars, discolouration, ageing, fine lines and wrinkles.

FD Recommends:

Avant Skincare Glycolic Acid Rejuvenating Exfoliator, £82.00 / RRP £92.00

Ribose – Increases skin hydration, reduces the surfaces of wrinkles, boosts plumpness and smooths skin. It’s actually the only known cosmetic ingredient used by skin cells to control energy restoration and effectively give new energy to tired, overworked skin.

Peptides – Short chains of amino acids that act as building blocks of proteins such as collagen, elastin and keratin. All of which are proteins that make up the foundations of your skin and are responsible for texture, strength and resilience.

FD Recommends:

Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Triple Peptide Eye Cream, £41.24 / RRP £65.60

Vitamin C – Evens out your skin tone, shields skin from visible impacts of pollution, significantly improves hydration and keeps your skin looking younger for longer.

FD Recommends:

Philosophy Microdelivery Vitamin C Peel Kit, £52.99 / RRP £59.50