5 Holy Grail Skincare Ingredients

Posted by Azadeh Shirazi MD on

New skincare ingredients are entering the world of skin care more than ever, making it challenging to determine exactly what your skin needs. So, here’s the ultimate 5 skincare ingredients Dr. Azi swears by.

 1. Green Tea Polyphenols 

Potent antioxidants that protect and repair our skin. They are vegan polyphenolic compounds that reduce inflammation, redness, and swelling.  Many of AziMd Skincare’s products are formulated with green tea as it benefits all skin types and supports our skin in many ways. The PuriFY cleanser is a great universal cleanser with GTP, soothing and cleaning the skin. 

 2. Niacinamide less than 5%

Dr. Azi doesn’t favor this as a stand alone product, but as an adjunct ingredient as it gets along well with other ingredients. It helps reduce inflammation particularly beneficial for acne and rosacea patients.  It strengthens the skin

barrier by promoting the production of ceramides, regulates oil production, and it helps brighten the skin by reducing hyperpigmentation. A great product formulated with Niacinamide DermaBright Pads formulated with other natural brighteners.

3. Bakuchiol

Comparable to retinoids but better tolerated so great for even the most sensitive skin types. It helps improve skin texture, overall skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, and pigmentation. It doesn't make you sun sensitive and reduces inflammation. Dr. Azi recommends Lift + Renew Serum, a Bakuchiol and retinol serum that reduces irritation while boosting the benefits of retinoids.

 4. Retinols

The powerhouse ingredient- dermatologists love this ingredient because it does so much for our skin and there’s so much science and research supporting its benefits. It helps protect our collagen, stimulate new collagen, strengthen our skin barrier, improves fine lines and wrinkles, stimulates new blood vessels to enhance circulation, fades age spots and discoloration, brightens skin tone, and improves skin texture. 

 5. Vitamin C

Antioxidant that protects our skin against UV damage and environmental stressors such as pollution and supports collagen synthesis. Best combined with Ferulic Acid to stabilize it and boost its potency. The formulation really matters more than the concentration. Dr. Azi highly suggests trying out illumiC Ferulic acid with Vitamin C,E, and Ferulic Acid.

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Dr. Azadeh Shirazi, MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist.

Specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Shirazi received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University Of Kentucky College of Medicine. After doing a Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, she completed her residency training in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in addition to completing her training in dermatology and cosmetic surgery at the University of California San Diego.

She has received multiple research scholarships from iconic institutions including Harvard University and the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has several peer-reviewed publications to her name.