Are you new to skincare and wondering where to start? Then you’ve come to the right place. It’s hard to navigate your way through the world of skincare when you don’t completely worship its ingredients and know what they do and how to use them. So, you look at the reviews before purchasing a new skincare product and base its effectiveness on how well it worked for someone else, which is a good idea, in theory. The trouble with this is that we all have different skin types, something that worked wonders for another person might only scratch the surface of your own skincare concern. But desperate for a solution, one super good review is enough for us to add it to our shopping cart with next day delivery.
If you’ve been a victim to spending hundreds of pounds on products that swore to dramatically transform your skin, and your reflection that looks exactly the same, if not worse, is shaking its head at you, know that you’re not alone. But science-backed skincare puts its money where its mouth is. You can’t go wrong with scientifically proven results - they’re worth more than a thousand good reviews.
The latest addition to our shop at Young LDN is SkinCeuticals, so you can forget trial and error with results guaranteed to show. The brand backs every move it makes with science, so you don’t have to be skincare savvy to take care of your skin.
SkinCeuticals began when a scientist (and skincare chemist, professor, and dermatologist) in a white lab coat by the name of Dr Sheldon Pinnell changed the evolution of skincare with his ground-breaking research on topical antioxidants. His discoveries have been published in 100 peer-reviewed publications and have been universally accepted by the dermatological community.
Two of his most notable breakthroughs was the role vitamin C plays in collagen production and stimulation, and the pivotal role of topical antioxidants preventing sun damage. All of which has given rise to some of the most powerful vitamin C and antioxidant formulations that the skincare world has ever seen, available exclusively at SkinCeuticals.
Dr Pinnell paved the way for the brand's debut in 1997, with its first product launches of Serum 10 and Serum 15. He believes optimising skin health is the only way to achieve beautiful skin, and judging by the results of SkinCeuticals, we’re not going to argue with Dr Pinnell. To this day they continue to push the boundaries on what’s possible by staying true to their values, mission, and commitments - watch this space.
SkinCeuticals’ mission is simply to improve skin health. They’re committed to being one of the leading skincare brands that set the golden standard in the industry (and they do one hell of a job if we do say so ourselves). Always developing new and exciting advanced skincare backed by science, SkinCeuticals is one skincare brand you don’t want to sleep on.
Their skincare philosophy is built on three fundamental pillars: prevent, protect and correct.
Prevent: prevention is always easier than finding a cure. It's recommended we begin using anti-ageing products as early as our 20’s for this exact reason. While ageing is inevitable, SkinCeuticals press pause on the process for as long as possible whilst preventing future damage to the skin.
Protect: The skin’s barrier, or the stratum corneum (if you’re fancy), is the primal barrier between the body and the environment and does most of the work. But if it’s not well looked after, it can become damaged and more exposed to environmental aggressors such as UV rays, pollution and bacteria. SkinCeuticals nurtures and maintains a strong barrier for the best possible protection.
Correct: For those who didn’t start using anti-ageing products when they were told to, SkinCeuticals rises to the challenge and corrects the visible signs of ageing to restore a youthful complexion. While correcting skin damage won't be as easy as preventing it in the first place, it's far from impossible. With the right ingredients, formulations, and routine, you can visibly correct some of your major skin concerns, such as sun damage, hyperpigmentation, acne, dullness, wrinkles, and more.
To get your best results no matter the issue, SkinCeuticals emphasises the importance of maintaining and correcting signs of a damaged skin barrier because no true healing can begin without a healthy, moisturised barrier.
When combined, these three principles are what delivers healthy, beautiful skin.
SkinCeuticals Best Sellers
As perhaps the brand's most sort-after product, SkinCeuticals' C E Ferulic with 15% L-Ascorbic Acid is the perfect daytime vitamin C serum. It combines a synergistic blend of pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) with two other powerful antioxidants, vitamin E and ferulic acid, to protect the skin from damaging free radicals for a minimum of 72 hours (because why settle for 24 hours?).
While most vitamin C's on the market are extremely unstable and lose their effectiveness over time, SkinCeuticals' patented formula has been clinically proven to defend your skin against UV, ozone, and diesel exhaust by up to 41%!
In addition to its almighty protection, this serum will actively improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, aid in collagen production, boost skin's firmness, brighten and even out the skin tone for a natural, radiant glow.
It’s ideal for virtually all ages, skin types, and concerns. Apply to the skin after cleansing in the morning and reap the benefits of antioxidant prevention, protection, and correction.
Remember earlier when we talked about SkinCeuticals' dedication to building and maintaining a strong, healthy skin barrier? The evidence is in the sauce with this one, as one of the Best Beauty Buys according to InStyle's 2020 review. The Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 cream contains the optimal lipid ratio of 2% ceramides, 4% naturally occurring cholesterol, and 2% fatty acids that have been proven to restore the skin's essential lipids, repair the skin barrier, and support self-healing.
This heavenly cream is known as an anti-ageing miracle for a reason. Our skin naturally produces less of these natural moisturising factors as we age, contributing to dryness, dullness, loss of elasticity, and even a compromised skin barrier. By replenishing the skin with these natural moisturising factors our skin knows and loves, you can instantly see improvements in how the skin looks and feels.
If you live and breathe skincare or even if you’re just starting to dip your toes in, you’ve probably heard of hyaluronic acid. This natural hydrator is produced by the body to help our skin hold water and bind moisture to the skin. Hyaluronic acid helps to keep our skin visibly hydrated, plump, and healthy-looking - a must-have ingredient in any formula that sets out to hydrate.
Paired alongside vitamin B5, SkinCeuticals' Hydrating B5 Gel is an easy to use (perfect for anyone) gel that hydrates, replenishes moisture, and supports suppleness. Especially for those with dry or ageing skin, or if you live in a drier, cooler climate, this product will draw and hold much-needed water into the skin. Plus, hyaluronic acid pairs well with pretty much all other ingredients and actives.
If you didn't guess it already, this desired eye cream targets ageing skin around the eye area and keeps the delicate under-eye skin looking fresh and youthful for years to come. A.G.E Eye Complex minimises dark circles, puffiness, crow's feet, and wrinkles through a gentle (but potent) blend of peptides and antioxidant flavonoids that improve texture, firmness, and tone.
It also utilises anti-glycation ingredients such as blueberry extract to help fortify the skin's matrix (which is responsible for the skin's structural integrity and stability) and prevent the appearance of wrinkles and sagging.
Acne and ageing are two A’s we all loathe. Blemish + Age Defense is an oil-free serum for break-out prone skin. As a leader and skincare revolutionist, the brand was the first to create a targeted blend of alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids to reduce acne and unclog pores while improving the skin's overall texture and vibrancy.
The key ingredients of the serum are dioic acid, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid. Dioic acid is a naturally derived vegetable acid that helps reduce excess sebum production and the rise of acne-causing bacteria. Salicylic acid (a beta-hydroxy acid) gently exfoliates the skin, decongests pores, refines the appearance of pores, improves skin texture, and reduces the formation of acne - it's truly a powerhouse ingredient. Glycolic acid (an alpha-hydroxy acid) exfoliates the top layer of skin to smooth, improve acne scars, and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
For those with normal, dry, or sensitive skin, Emollience is an everyday moisturiser packed with natural algae extracts, lavender, rosemary, and peppermint essential oils that nourish the skin. Emollience also features rich, restorative plant oils like grape seed, rose hip, and macadamia nut that maintain the skin's moisture levels and promote healing. It's rich, creamy, calming, and absorbs quickly into the skin, making it ideal for everyday use and prepping the skin before makeup.
For those struggling with one of the most difficult to treat skin problems (dark spots and discolouration), SkinCeuticals' Discoloration Defense correcting serum targets those stubborn bits of melasma, post-acne marks, and uneven skin tone with a blend of 3% tranexamic acid, 1% kojic acid, 5% niacinamide, and 5% HEPES (sulfonic acid).
It uses some of the best-known ingredients for treating skin discolouration and hyperpigmentation. Tranexamic acid is a synthetically derived ingredient that, with continued use, will minimise the reoccurrence of discolouration. Kojic acid, produced naturally by certain fungi, is known to brighten and improve skin's appearance. While niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, evens skin tone and reduces discolouration.
As SkinCeuticals is all about using the finest ingredients and innovations to heal and protect the skin, it's no surprise that this first-of-its-kind night concentrated serum uses 1% pure, stable, antioxidant-rich resveratrol in combination with other antioxidant allies baicalin and pure vitamin E to heal and support the skin overnight.
Resveratrol B E is designed specifically for nighttime to keep your morning routine low maintenance and defends the skin against free radicals, reduces and prevents the signs of ageing. Users of this serum wake up with brighter, smoother skin in as little as a few weeks—remember, even the best skincare products aren’t an overnight fix, it's all about patience and dedication which we know you can do.