By Katie Hull
If you’re like most of us, we take a look at an ingredient list for a product and have no clue what any of the ingredients mean or how to pronounce them. The list of ingredients can be overwhelming and we tend to overlook the list altogether. Unfortunately, most people decide what skin care product to buy based on what it looks like or what they saw on the internet. This typically leads to damaged skin and unhappy results. This article is going to help consumers identify the 10 best skincare ingredients that are safe and beneficial to their skin as well.
Niacinamide is valuable to all skin types making it an ideal ingredient for anyone. Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that helps visibly minimize enlarged pores, tighten pores, improve uneven skin tone, soften fine lines and wrinkles, diminish dullness, and strengthen a damaged moisture barrier. Niacinamide is uniquely compatible with any of the products in your skincare routine making it versatile.
2. Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid is best used for oily skin that has blackheads and whiteheads. The structure is important because it makes salicylic acid more oil-soluble so it can penetrate the pores of the skin. When our skin is oily, we need oil-soluble products to help break down the dirt and oils in our face. A water-soluble product wouldn’t be strong enough to break through the oils we produce. Once salicylic acid penetrates the skin, it does a great job of breaking up dirt and oil that clogs our pores.
3. Lactic Acid
Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid used to exfoliate, lighten dark spots, and improve fine lines and wrinkles. Lactic acid will exfoliate the skin and help to speed up cell turnover and cell renewal. It gently exfoliates the skin, making it an ideal exfoliant for sensitive skin. Lactic acid has a larger molecular size, this helps make it more gentle for irritable skin types. It can also improve signs of aging by stimulating collagen renewal and can boost plumpness to the skin over time.
4. Glycolic Acid
Glycolic Acid is best used for anti-aging, hyperpigmentation, and acne. It’s looked at as one of the top acids to use because glycolic acid has keratolytic properties to exfoliate the dead skin cells that surface our skin. This then helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, fade hyperpigmentation, and heal acne. Glycolic acid is also a humectant, which means it has the capability to draw moisture to its self. So not only is glycolic acid exfoliating your skin, but it can also help hydrate your skin.
5. Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid can help make your skin look and feel supple and soft. Hyaluronic acid is also a humectant, so it does an amazing job of drawing moisture to your skin. It penetrates the skin and binds water to skin cells thus infusing your skin with moisture. Over time, this helps slow down the disintegration of the lipid barrier and further protect it. When the lipid barrier is saturated with hyaluronic acid the skin is also able to defend against environmental factors and pollutants.
Peptides are amino acids that make up special proteins that the skin needs. Adding peptides to your skincare routine can help stimulate collagen production. Producing more collagen can help lead to firmer skin and prevent wrinkles. Peptides can also help aid in protecting the skin’s barrier by improving the elasticity in our skin. Peptides fabricate elastin fibers, which then assist in making the skin more taught and firm. Some peptides are also antimicrobial, this means the peptides can kill bacteria and clear acne.
Retinol is a synthetic by-product of Vitamin A by converting it into a retinoic acid through enzymes that are found in the skin. Retinol mainly helps benefit the cell turnover rate and prevent congestion of bacteria. This then aids the prevention of acne breakouts and allows other skincare products to evenly and effectively penetrate your skin. Consistently using retinol in your routine to prevent acne breakouts thus prevent acne scarring also. Retinol will help improve results for your overall skincare routine and maximize the results as well.
8. Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is lightweight and non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores and it’s safe to use for all skin types. Grapeseed oil contains a large level an omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid. Linoleic acid can help decrease acne because most acne-prone skin types lack linoleic acid in their skin. Being deficient in linoleic acid makes the skin thick and oily therefore large amounts of sebum are produced. Grapeseed oil is also anti-microbial making it effective to fight current acne breakouts. The Vitamin E in grapeseed oil can also help diminish acne scars as well.
Squalane is actually a natural oil that exists in your epidermis. Since squalane is also an emollient, it does an amazing job at protecting the skin’s moisture barrier by mimicking your skin’s natural oils. Since it helps nourish the skin, it also prevents the looks of wrinkles and texture, creating a youthful glow to your skin. Squalane also creates a calming sensation, making it great to soothe irritation in the skin. Squalane is also non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores and actually mimics your skin’s natural sebum production. It’s highly effective and safe to use for all skin types.
10. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has been used for centuries to aid in skin irritation and burns as well. However, aloe vera has several other benefits like improving the look of dark spots. A compound called aloesin in aloe vera can help lighten the appearance in dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Mucopolysaccharides are also found in the aloe vera plant and help retain moisture in the skin. When we apply mucopolysaccharides topically, it can increase the water content in the outermost layer of the skin making it ideal for dry skin. Aloe Vera is also antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and also has a natural source of salicylic acid. This makes it great for breakouts and acne-prone skin as well.
It can be crazy to hear all of the dangerous products people will put on their faces and not know the actual damage it’s causing to their skin. The skin is the largest organ in our body and it’s important that we take care of it for the long run. We shed skin cells constantly throughout the day and we need the proper skincare routine to maintain and take care of our skin. Using hazardous skincare products can permanently injure your skin, making it equally important to understand and know what ingredients you may put on your face.
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