Beauty

8 ingredients you should ALWAYS look for in skincare products

Take out your notebook and start scribbling, because this is the ultimate check-list in determining how effective a skincare product is!
 

1. CERAMIDES
Usually found in: Moisturisers
Think of ceramides – lipids that are naturally present in skin – as the glue that holds skin cells together, helping the skin maintain its firmness and reportedly retain moisture. As we age, they deplete, leading to
dry, saggy skin. Moisturisers formulated with ceramides can help replenish the skin’s lipids and help prevent moisture loss.

2. DIMETHICONE
Usually found in: Moisturisers
This emollient forms a protective layer over the surface of the skin to keep moisture in, making it particularly good for dry skin.

3. RETINOIDS
Usually found in: Moisturisers and night creams
Touted by dermatologists as one of the most powerful anti-ageing ingredients, retinol reportedly stimulates the production of collagen, which keeps skin plump and supple, for a younger-looking complexion with fewer visible lines and wrinkles. It also evens out skin tone and reportedly even repairs sun damage.

4. KOJIC ACID
Usually found in: Lotions, serums and moisturisers
Naturally found in certain species of fungi, kojic acid is known to help reduce dullness and lighten dark spots.

5. HYALURONIC ACID
Usually found in: Lotions, serums and moisturisers
Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the body but depletes with age. It not only delivers moisture to the skin, but also helps lock it in – it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water – so skin is kept hydrated for longer.

6. SALICYLIC ACID
Usually found in: Cleansers, exfoliators and acne treatments
This ingredient draws out sebum and dirt from clogged pores to prevent pimples from forming. It also speeds up skin cell renewal, making skin softer and smoother.

7. BENZOYL PEROXIDE
Usually found in: Acne treatments
Great for acne-prone skin, it is said to control sebum production and works like an antibiotic, killing zit-causing bacteria.

8. ARBUTIN
Usually found in: Cleansers, exfoliators and moisturisers
It fades pigmentation by reportedly reducing the production of melanin, and is a gentler alternative to hydroquinone, a brightening ingredient that can cause irritation, sun sensitivity and bluish-black hyperpigmentation when used over a long period of time.

9. VITAMIN C
Usually found in: Lotions, serums and moisturisers
This antioxidant, which can be found in many radiance-boosting products on the market, lightens hyperpigmentation and dark spots caused by acne, sun damage and the skin’s natural ageing process. Apparently, it can also prevent the formation of future spots and reduce free-radical damage caused by UV rays.

 

This story was originally published in the November 2015 issue of Her World magazine.

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