Please welcome a guest post today featuring skincare ingredients you do & don’t want.
Skincare products are changing rapidly as advances are made in understanding active ingredients. Reading labels are important, but can be very confusing if you’re not familiar with the terminology. Look for a few key ingredients, both the ones you want and those you should avoid, to understand what you’re buying. Combined with skincare treatments, the right products will keep your skin healthy and radiant for years to come.
This is an ingredient you should avoid regardless of your skin type. Even if you have oily skin, avoid products with SD, denatured alcohol, or isopropyl alcohol, as they will strip away oils your skin needs to remain soft and can actually erode the surface of your skin. Instead look for fatty alcohols, which will be listed as cetyl, stearyl, or cetearyl alcohol. These are much gentler on the skin, helping it to remain soft and moisturized.
Antioxidants and Vitamins
You really want to see these in all types of anti-aging products. On a related note: just because you’re in your 20s or 30s doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be using anti-aging products. The earlier you start, the earlier you’ll be fending off the aging process and the longer you’ll have great looking skin. Antioxidants clean up free radicals, which are unpaired electrons that fly around looking for other electrons to steal a partner from. Oxygen molecules, which we biological creatures are rife with, have two unpaired electrons. They aggressively seek others to pair up with, gluing themselves onto other oxygen molecules and gradually reducing the amount of oxygen in our cells, a process called oxidation. Antioxidants are atoms that attach to the radicals so they stop stealing from others.
The antioxidants you should look for in skincare products include vitamins A, C, and E; resveratrol (found in grape skin, as well as, cranberries and blueberries); green tea, under the name EGCG; retinol; and flavonoids. These will keep radicals from damaging your skin cells and reducing your collagen. Many serums will pack in as many of these as possible in one product. That’s a good thing because they work better when combined, so don’t avoid a product as “too good to be true” – if the ingredient list contains a lot of these antioxidants, it’s great for your skin.
Fun fact: Antioxidants start to break down when they come into contact with air, so packaging with a small neck or other way of restricting air keeps their strength up.
Naturally residing in our skin but decreasing over time, hyaluronic acid is like a sponge, with an ability to hold tons of water. It’s an absolute must in skincare products and can be used on all skin types, though is best in a serum or fluid solution for those with oily skin. Its moisture-retention properties are what allow it to instantly smooth out those fine lines, and the magic isn’t just ‘cosmetic.’ Consistent use of a product containing hyaluronic acid will mean that your skin is better able to retain moisture at the cellular level.
Whatever form you choose them in, the above ingredients should find their way into your daily regimen for a lifetime of healthy skin.
Cheers to fresh skin for the New Year!
Disclosure: I received compensation in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here represent my own, which I take great pride in providing pure honesty…because I’m OBSESSED with sharing the Good!