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Skin is In: The Best Ingredients To Keep Your Melanin Hydrated

You can't deny it — there's just something about melanin skin. It's not just beauty that makes melanin skin unique. For those of us blessed with the gift of melanin, the whole game is changing. It takes products that focus on our specific skincare needs to elevate us to our absolute best.

Did you know that hyperpigmentation, or melasma, affects up to five million people in the United States alone? Unfortunately, this isn't the only skincare issue that affects those of us with more melanin; we also deal with issues like dryness, scarring, and, yes, acne (which is a primary concern for those of non-Caucasian descent, according to studies).

This week, we're focused on letting Rosettes know what blends are best for melanin skin.

Learn more about the best ingredients to keep your melanin in top-tier condition.

Hyaluronic Acid
Also known as hyaluronan, this substance is naturally produced by the body, and is found in the fluids of the skin, eyes, joints, and connective tissues.

A natural lubricant, hyaluronic acid's primary function is to lubricate and cushion, so it's no wonder why it works so well on the skin. It can be taken as a supplement or injection but is most commonly applied topically by skin serums.

Considered a wonder by many, hyaluronic acid helps retain moisture, making skin appear smoother, firmer, and supple.

Peptides
Peptides, or polypeptides, are amino acids that come together to make up proteins that help skin thrive. Collagen, which helps keep the skin looking youthful and glowing, comprises three polypeptide chains. Using products formulated with peptides can stimulate collagen production, giving skin a good and healthy effect.

On top of easing inflammation and helping to clear breakouts, peptides are also great for smoothing fine lines and contributing to the skin's firmness.

Hydroxy Acids
Alpha-hydroxy acids, more commonly referred to as AHAs, are among the most popular and highly recommended exfoliating treatments today. AHAs are typically derived from plants and are water-soluble, working on the skin's surface.

Primarily used to exfoliate, AHAs are also great for promoting collagen and blood flow, correcting discoloration and hyperpigmentation, brightening the complexion, and preventing acne and breakouts.

Although several AHAs are popular throughout the skincare industry, the two most favored are glycolic acid and lactic acid.

Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid comes from sugar canes and comprises the smallest particles of all the AHAs, giving it outstanding absorption and exfoliation power. Glycolic acid works by preserving collagen and increasing the skin's cell turnover rate, leading to smoother, brighter, and healthier skin.

Lactic Acid
This AHA is extracted from lactose (although it is usually synthetically produced when included in skin care products) and is considered one of the gentler AHAs in the group, making it excellent for sensitive or irritated skin. Mimicking natural molecules in the skin, lactic acid provides remarkably higher moisture to the skin barrier than many other AHAs.

Ready to embark on your skincare journey? Check out the Camille Rose range of skincare products designed to give your skin all the TLC it deserves.

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