Not all skincare products are created equally. You’d be surprised how many low-quality serums are being sold at luxury prices, while some cheapie products on the drugstore shelf would be a better choice!
A serum, lotion or cream for your skin is only as good as its ingredients, but if you’re not a dermatologist it can be hard to make sense of the list on the bottle. A lot also depends on your skin type and the goal you’re hoping to achieve by using the product.
If you want a quality product that’s not only going to work but is going to last, look for these three critical ingredients.
Yep, the same ingredient in your morning glass of OJ!
This superstar vitamin works to destroy free radicals that cause signs of aging. It promotes the production of collagen, the structural protein responsible for keeping your skin firm and supple. Finally, Vitamin C gives your complexion that dewey “glow” we all want.
Sounds great, right? Of course! But many products use a low-quality, diluted form of Vitamin C which isn’t as effective and loses potency more quickly (as soon as you open the bottle, the shelf life starts running out).
The ingredient you want to look for is ethyl-ascorbic acid, a stable form of Vitamin C that ensures maximum potency at the time of use and provides superior penetration.
It sounds like something only a scientist would use, but acetyl hexapeptide-8 is a girl’s best friend for keeping skin looking young. Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 is a special peptide.
Acetyl hexapeptide-8 is a special peptide that decreases facial muscle contractions and smooths the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines that occur from smiling or frowning. The best part is with this ingredient, there’s no needle required!
Some call sodium hyaluronate the magic molecule because it can absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Sounds pretty cool, but why does that matter? Well, aging skin tends to lose its plumpness, causing it to have a sagging look.
Sodium hyaluronate absorbs water and creates a “plumping” effect, reducing the appearance of wrinkles while stimulating collagen production. The ingredient also helps to reduce inflammation, which is a source of many skin issues.
There’s a lot of debate out there over a common skincare ingredient: alcohol.
On the plus side, it helps products go on smoother and dry faster and provides a temporary drying effect for oily skin. On the bad side, it can be seriously harsh on skin, leaving your complexion more damaged than before you used the product. Also, this type of drying can actually stimulate more oil production as your skin tries to compensate for the excess dryness.
It comes down to the type of alcohol in a product and the amount used. In general, SD alcohol, denatured alcohol, and isopropyl alcohol are no-no’s. They can permanently damage skin and erode its surface.
Ingredients are listed starting with the largest one first, so if these types of alcohol are listed among the first five or six ingredients, steer clear.
Certain types of alcohol ingredients can be okay for skin, specifically cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, and cetearyl alcohol. In small amounts, these alcohols can increase a product’s absorption and help keep other ingredients stable.
As always, consult with a dermatologist before using a product or ingredient you’re unsure of.
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