Many people prefer to buy skin care products like cleansers and moisturizers from brand names they recognize, often on the basis of the benefits manufacturers claim regular use could bring. However, while the packaging may be familiar, some of the contents may be less so.
Here’s a brief guide to the ingredients you can expect to see in most of the leading skin care products, along with an explanation of what they are said to do. If you would like additional information, also be sure to read more about skin care through https://www.amairaskincare.com.au.
10 Ingredients Commonly Found in Reputable Skin Care Products
#1. Vitamin E
Lots of face creams add this to help keep vitamin C stable, and to help protect the skin against sun damage.
#2. Vitamin C
A well known antioxidant which helps protect the skin against sun damage and repair wrinkle damage, vitamin C is a difficult thing to work with and can easily become unstable and spoil. Skincare products made with ascorbic acid (taken from vit C) avoid this issue.
This is taken from vitamin A and used to work magic on everything from helping keep skin smooth, and keeping pores clear to banishing age spots and is a popular ingredient in night creams.
You may have heard about tumeric being great for skin health, and curcuminoids are the antioxidants turmeric has. This is added to skin care products to brighten the face.
#5. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs)
Another popular additive to popular skin care products AHA’s (typically the scary sounding glycolic, tartaric, citric and lactic acids) are used to help fight fine lines, and age spots. These make skin more sensitive to the sun so make sure to wear good sunscreen if using creams with any of these in the ingredient list.
#6. Copper peptide
A more recent addition to skincare products, copper peptide mimics the benefits of antioxidants and encourages skin to repair and plump out, making it smoother and less line in a fairly short time, and repairing skin damage such as scarring caused by acne.
#7. Dimethylaminoethanol [DMAE]
This is a substance which occurs naturally in the body and in oily fish, and usually praised for being good ‘brain food’, and when added to skincare products it is said to be very efficient at banishing wrinkles and lines.
#8. Kojic Acid
Ageing skin often develops pigment problems, where part of the skin get darker, and kojic acid, as a natural lightening agent, can help tackle them.
#9. Hyaluronic acid
Added to improve skin hydration this is another natural product which starts to decrease in the body as we age. However, it is important that only regular hyaluronic acid is being sold. If the ingredients list the micronized version it won’t provide any benefits.
These miracle workers encourage collagen to both stick around and even to increase, which helps keep skin looking youthful.
The Bottom Line
The ingredients commonly found in skin care products can sound a little scary, but many of them are just terms for naturally occurring products, and if used correctly at the manufacturing stage they may well be beneficial.