Understanding The Ingredients In Skin Care Products
Beauty industry is a confusing one. Sometimes it seems only people with technical knowledge can make sense of beauty labels and ingredient lists. That’s a problem, of course – the less information we have, the more vulnerable we are, and that is true for most consumer areas, not just cosmetics. Read this informative article to find more about ingredients used in skincare products.
Always read the ingredient list. It’s still not a 100% guarantee that you know what you get (or whether they will work for you), but it’s a good starting point, and it’s a lot more honest than beauty marketing and those glossy ads. There are 6 Skin Care Product Ingredients for Sensitive Skin that you must know.
There are many ingredients with moisturizing effects. See a few of them:
Despite what its name might suggest, hyaluronic acid is not an exfoliant, but a moisturizing ingredient. It’s a humectant, which means it attracts water molecules like a magnet and retains the moisture to hydrate the skin. Hyaluronic acid is especially useful as one HA molecule can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water.
An excellent natural humectant that attracts and traps moisture, thus making the skin smoother and more hydrated. It’s often combined with other hydrating ingredients, like essential oils, because it can strengthen their moisturizing benefits. It’s easily absorbed by the skin and glides on smoothly, and is also suitable for acne-prone skin.
Exfoliation is an essential skincare step. It removes the dead cells from the top layer of the skin. It makes the skin more glowy and radiant and also helps the absorption of other right skin-nourishing ingredients.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids are generally recommended for standard skin types, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, sun damage, and fine lines.
The most common AHAs:
+ Glycolic Acid – can be made from natural sources (sugarcane) or synthetically. It has the smallest molecule size among the acids, which means it can penetrate the skin very well, but can also irritate it sometimes, so it’s best to start with a low % and gradually prepare your skin for more.
+ Lactic Acid – made from milk, recommended for sensitive skin and rosacea
+ Malic Acid – typically used as a supplement to glycolic or lactic acid
Though the anti-aging claim is slapped on almost all beauty labels, in reality, there are only a handful of ingredients that are proven to have any kind of anti-aging effects – which means they can somewhat slow down the inevitable process by increasing cell turnover and collagen production. These are:
The natural form of Vitamin A and the one ingredient most dermatologists agree has anti-aging effects. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, improves texture, lightens age spots, and boosts the thickness and elasticity of the skin.
There are many different Vitamin A forms (like Retin-A, Tazorac, tretinoin) and each differs in effects, so it’s best to consult a dermatologist before starting on a regimen.
A powerful antioxidant that can brighten the skin, boost collagen, and help fade spots. The best form of Vitamin C is L-ascorbic acid or Ascorbic acid. Vitamin C works well Vitamin E and ferulic acid, so if you see all three of them on a label, it’s a good start.
Antioxidants have an essential role in fighting free radicals. Look for the following ingredients (antioxidants) in the packaging and ingredient list of skincare products:
+ Vitamin C
+ Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
+ Ferulic acid – best combined with Vitamin C and E
+ Green tea
+ Grapeseed extract
+ Coenzyme Q10
Friends, before going for any product, just search about the main key ingredients of the product. Click here to know about Harmful Effects Of Ingredients In Your Skin Care Products. Comment down below if you want a detailed article on the same topic.
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