Skin Care Ingredients – how do they work?

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It’s important to remember that not all beauty products are equal when it comes to their ingredients and the results you can expect from them.   At our Winchester skin clinic we’re proud to stock DIBI Milano products, a cosmeceutical skincare range from Italy.  DIBI products contain clinically proven active ingredients and innovative formulations for a skincare regime to deliver visible results. They are available to purchase in salon and via our online shop.

So what are the key ingredients you can expect to find in high quality skin care products, and what do they do?

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Vitamin C and Vitamin E Skincare

Vitamins C and E are powerful antioxidants that works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin, strengthening and brightening it.  They neutralize damaging free-radicals and protect against UV damage.   Vitamin C also strengthens and brightens the skin.

Which Vitamin C Skin Care Product do we recommend?   Vitamin B-C-PP Concentrate is rich in anti-oxidant active ingredients and vitamins to protect the skin against the damage of the environment and free radicals. It calms damaged skin and leaves it feeling nourished and moisturised. The special mixture of active ingredients protects the collagen and elastin fibres.

Retinol Skin Care Products

Professional Skin Care Products Sparx Winchester Beauty Salon onlineTo keep your fresh glow you need a product to boost skin cell turnover – and that’s where retinol comes in.   It does wonders for your skin cells and also boosts production of collagen – needed to keep your skin looking smooth.

What is Retinol?  Retinol is a topical derivative of Vitamin A (i.e. a derivative designed to be applied to the skin).  When choosing a product containing retinol, you need to consider the concentration, as retinol products come in varying strengths. 

Low retinol content products can be applied daily, but moderate or high strength products should be used more sparingly, and only after your skin has become accustomed to them.   At Sparx we are fully trained skin-care experts and can advise you on the best products for your skin type.   Email us at for more information. 

When should I start using retinol? Retinol is sometimes considered to be something you should start using as your skin starts to mature, perhaps when you spot your first wrinkle.  Skincare is a long game though, and the latest research suggests that the ideal age to introduce retinol into your skin care regime is age 25.   But don’t worry if you haven’t started yet!  There’s never a bad time to introduce retinol into your skin care regime.

Which Retinol Skin Care Product do we recommend?  DIBI Milano No Age Bioactivating contains a wide range of the best anti-aging ingredients, including retinol to boost the skin’s elastin.

What are AHAs?

If you’ve heard of retinol, you’ve probably also heard of AHAs – also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids.  Retinol works really well when it is teamed with AHAs.  Retinol works at a cellular level, whereas AHAs work on the top surface of the skin.  In effect, the AHA clears the debris from the surface of your skin so the retinol can penetrate the layers below. 

If you have sensitive skin or skin that tends to become irritated, be aware that you may experience redness, irritation or flaky skin when using retinol or a combination product containing retinol and AHAs or BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids) such as glycolic or salicylic acids.    Speak to your Sparx skin care therapist for advice on the best products containing AHAs for yo.