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#LuxevaExpertSpeak: How To Find Natural Alternatives To Essential Skincare Actives

With the extended lockdown, it is only likely that you may be running out your favourite products, so let's talk bringing drugstore ingredients into use. There are a few names that stand out when we talk about the top ingredients for your skin. And that is what we are going to find natural alternatives for. Some caveats: The stuff you get at the chemist is much more effective and stronger. While they may be derived from natural ingredients, they need to be distilled out into its most potent form and the right percentage for the best result.
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Vitamin C

Our skin loves the 10-30% vitamin C but it could be tough to get that right now during the lockdown. As we have discussed a couple of times, Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant which protects against UV damage, reduces pigmentation, helps with glow, prevents tanning and also boosts collagen! It also protects the skin against pollution-related damage. Could there be anything better! Interestingly, Amla has 600-700mg of vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) in it, so its a great alternative to a serum you may have been using.  However to be fair, drugstore serums are better absorbed by the skin, they are more bioavailable and don't get inactivated by the sun. Also, vitamin C in food has both L-ascorbic Acid and D-ascorbic Acid, and L-ascorbic acid is definitely better. So the question is, how to make your vitamin C serum at home?
Mix Amla juice in distilled water. For extra moisture, add some honey or glycerin. A tip to swear by? Do not use lemon—it is too irritating and amla has the most vitamin C of any of the fruits in India.
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Retinol

A great anti-ageing booster, this active is proven to improve skin turnover and increase collagen synthesis. We ought to be using this at night. Retinol is derived from Vitamin A, and certain derivatives of Vitamin A are more active than others. So how does one get this super fun active at home?
Use foods rich in Vitamin A such as carrots! Make carrot juice and apply it to the skin; it has beta-carotene, a derivative of Vitamin A and a precursor to retinols. While it won't be nearly as strong as retinol, you can at least get a little anti-ageing boost from the safety of your own home.
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Vitamin E

With vitamin E, you are improving the skin texture, healing it from dryness, and helping with a poor skin barrier. Now some of us used to open a Vitamin E oil capsule and apply it. But with the ongoing lockdown, it's tough to get access to it now. As an alternative, for those of you who are not acne-prone, - almond oil serves great. Full of vitamin E, it's great for moisturising and replenishing what may be required for the skin. 
 
And now that you know how to do it safely, enjoy the three big and essential actives at home. Stay safe!

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