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Ingredients for All Your Skin Care Concerns

 Ingredients for All Your Skin Care Concerns

One of the questions we always get at Ling Skincare is, “What ingredients should I look for to help me solve my skin problem?” Of course, the answer to that question depends on the specific concern each person has, so we went to Ling to find out more about the best ingredients to look for, according to the most common problems. Here’s Ling:


First, I think it’s important for people to understand that skin care is a process, and there is no one ingredient that can make a problem go away. Skin needs a routine of cleansing, hydrating, and exfoliating. Once the face is prepared in that way, it is ready to accept the benefits of ingredient-specific serums and moisturizers to treat the concern. In 40 years of being in skin care, I can promise you that with proper hydration, many skin problems are greatly reduced on their own.


Every day our skin undergoes severe dehydration from the environment. We’re told to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to keep our internal organs healthy, but what about our external organ? The skin needs water just as much as the rest of our body, and no matter if you identify as dry, oily, combination or sensitive, keeping the skin hydrated is the first step towards tackling any skin issues.


Once that is taken care of, we can start to choose the best ingredients to suit any specific skin type or concern.


Oily, Congested, Large Pores


If your skin is oily, it means that your sebaceous glands are producing too much oil. The best way to tackle this problem is by controlling it. Look for products with Hyaluronic Acid which holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water and will keep your glands hydrated, reducing the need for them to overwork and make too much oil


Dull, Sensitive, Prone to Breakouts (and for Smokers)


Dullness is a sign that the skin isn’t getting enough oxygen. Look for products that contain perfluorodecalin, an oxygenating molecule that instantly soothes and revives the skin. Perfluorodecalin works by dissolving oxygen and then delivering it to the surface of the skin, resulting in instant, visible brightening.


Thin, Dull, Dry


Skin that’s thin, dull, and dry needs a lot more protection than other skin types. I would recommend the addition of oil to your skincare routine, but know that different oils have different molecular structures and not all can be absorbed into the skin. Also, be careful about using your body oil on your face as it could result in breakouts. I recommend squalane oil, which is derived from olives and provides deep hydration to soothe chronically dry skin.


Aging, Sagging, Puffy


A common misperception is that Retin-A, retinol and glycolic acid are excellent anti-aging treatments. While these products work quickly to help the skin renew itself, they just remove the top layer of the skin, providing an effective yet short term solution. I always look for products with peptides, Teprenone, and apple stem cell which all work to get down deeper through the layers of the skin, providing longer lasting, more permanent results.


Dry, Rough, Flaky


The only way to fix dry, flaky skin is to first remove the dead cells that are causing the problem. Fruit-based enzymes such as papaya work to eat away at the old, dead cells, dissolving them and allowing for new, fresh skin to come through. If you’re suffering from flaky skin, make exfoliation part of your daily routine and follow it up with a nourishing moisturizer to protect those fresh, new cells.


Tired, Breakouts, Large Pores


Skin that looks tired all the time needs to be revived, and antioxidant-rich ingredients such as Vitamin C are the best way to bring the skin back to life. Vitamin C is a natural brightener which can also work to reverse sun damage, reduce the appearance of sunspots, and fight free radical damage from the environment.

Do you have a skin care concern that’s bothering you? Need help finding the right product or treatment? Send Ling your questions at or send her a message on Facebook at


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