Get to know the Ingredients in your skincare products (THE GOOD ONES) Part 2:

February 17, 2015

Skin Care ingredients Part 2:

In Part 1 we discussed the harmful ingredients that are in a lot of skincare products which you should try avoid. In Part 2 I’m going to fill you in on some skin loving ingredients that you should be looking for on the back of your Skin Care products. Its important you know what your putting into your skin so read on ;-)!

 Ingredients that your skin will love;

1.     Sun Cream (a.k.a the Preventer)

Keeps skin from pre maturely wrinkling, sagging and getting blotchy.
Protects skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays- these rays destroy collagen and elastin fibres in our skin.
Sun cream molecules called UV filters, absorb UV light protecting our skin from damage.
Choose a broad Spectrum UVA and UVB with spf of 30 or 50

  1. Alpha Hydroxy Acids ( a.k.a the Radiance Makers)
AHA’s such as glycolic acids, add radiance, smooth lines and help fade blotches. They allow other anti ageing ingredients to penetrate faster and work better into the skin. Commonly found in exfoliators or peels.
The acids easily break the bonds between the dead cells and skin- leaving a brighter complexion.
Don’t use too often as you may damage the skins natural barrier. X1-2 weekly.

  1. Hyaluronic Acid ( a.k.a  the Hydrater)
This is a naturally occurring substance in the human body that regulates cell renewal. Maintains skin moisture and elasticity. This substance breaks down or gets lost in our skin as we are affected by environmental factors and ageing.
When applied to the skin it creates a moisture barrier on the skin, helping to make it smoother and softer. It is AMAZING FOR DRY SKIN. Because this naturally occurs in our bodies it is a safer alternative to synthetic ingredients as it is less likely to be rejected as a foreign substance.
Commonly found in serums and moisturisers.

  1. Retinol (a.k.a the Cure All)
This is an active form of the Vitamin A molecule
It is a powerful exfolaint for those concerned with pigmentation and ageing.
Retinol can make your skin more sensitive so wearing an spf is very important.
Found in Serums, eye care and moisturisers.

  1. Ceramides (a.k.a the Skin Plumper)
Lipid molecules are found in high concentrations within the cell membranes. In the top layer of the skin- ceramides hold the skin cells together, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture.
In skincare products Ceramides replenish the natural lipids that are lost from exposure to harsh environmental factors. Also effective for treating Eczema.
Found in serums, eye care and moisturisers.

  1. Peptides (a.k.a the Power Ingredient)
These are my favourite! Because they are the most Powerful!!

Peptides are segments of active proteins that communicate with cells and instruct them to behave in certain ways. In the skin, peptides may signal elastin production (elastin helps skin ‘bounce back’) or prompt skin to heal itself after a wound.

The peptides used in anti ageing skin products, enter the cells and instruct them to do certain things such as produce collagen, reduce redness, or signal muscle to relax, thereby minimising wrinkles.
Peptides are SO small they can penetrate deep down to the lower layers of the skin where other ingredients cannot reach.

  1. Licorice (a.k.a the Healer)
Best natural anti inflammatory ingredient for redness and rosacea.
The plant is also good for reducing  pigmentation, by blocking the production of melanin.
This is a good ingredient to look out for in eye care to help with dark circles.

  1. Vitamin C (a.k.a the All Rounder)
This is a great ingredient to help dull, ageing, sagging skin. Vitamin C helps with collagen build up so therefore its essential for skin firmness. It has antioxidant benefits to help fight free radical damage and lightens dark spots. Vitamin C can also regulate sebum production and help balance out oily skin types and prevent acne.

  1. Witch Hazel (a.k.a the Pore cleaner)
This has been around for centuries.
It is an excellent ingredient in toners and moisturisers controlling oil, giving hydration and soothing redness.
The witch hazel astringent found in drugstores is not recommended as it contains alcohol and will strip your skin of moisture.

  1.  Antioxidants (a.k.a the Skins Knight and shining Armor)
Vitamins such as A & E act as a powerful defence against harmful free radicals (oxidants) caused by environmental factors,smoke, uv light and toxins. Free radicals damage and attack the skin causing pre mature ageing.
Antioxidants are found in most cleansers, serums and moisturisers.

I hope you have leant something new by reading this post today and you understand the benefits of knowing what ingredients are in your products. Don't just buy a the product because a certain someone uses it.. check the ingredients first, make sure its suitable for YOU!

This picture above is my Dermalogica moisturiser with an SPF50.It has very gentle but stimulating ingredients.Helping to hydrate the skin (Hyaluronic acid).Peptides that regulate melanin production.Red Algae and botanical extracts help balance uneven skin tone

*Make sure you have read part 1 (BAD INGREDIENTS) over Here 



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Best Skincare Advise

1.Never Sleep in your Makeup 2.Cleanse & Moisturise everyday twice a day 3. Exfoliate x2 week, Apply a mask 1-2 week 4. Drink plenty of water 5. Eat fresh fruit & Veg 6.Avoid Using Makeup Wipes 7. Beauty sleep is a thing- our skin regenerates as we sleep. 8.Never apply body products to the face 9.Always wear SPF no matter what the weather. 10. Clean makeup brushes every few days and change pillow cases regularly.