Beauty Ingredients Decoded
I’m a sucker for beauty products so I know it pays to know what we are putting on our skin so as to be sure of what is best for it and what should be avoided.
The following are commonly found ingredients in most of our beauty products:
1. Perfume: The term ‘fragrance’ or ‘perfume’ on a skincare label can refer to any of over 200 ingredients. It is the most likely cause of irritation and adverse reactions among sensitive skins.
2. Alcohol: Alcohol occurs naturally so it’s often used as a preservative in organic or all-natural products. It can also dry skin, so be sure to combine with an alcohol-free moisturizer.
3. Aqua/Water: Much lighter than oil, aqua is great for keeping skin moisturized without congesting it.
4. Parabens: Parabens (methyiparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben) have a potential link to breast cancer but scientists are still unsure of the risk. We just know they are the most widely used preservative in the business, stopping bacteria and fungus from multiplying.
5. L-Ascobic Acid: Vitamin C is great for skin (its antioxidant properties turbocharge collagen production and help minimize scars) and L-ascorbic acid is its most skin-friendly form. It’s especially effective when combined with hyaluronic acid, which optimizes penetration.
6. Lanolin: 100% natural. its ultra-hydrating properties make it perfect for use on dry skin and cracked lips. It’s great at repairing cells and creating a protective barrier over the skin- however, as it can easily clog pores, avoid it if you have oily or blemish-prone skin.
7. Hyaluronic Acid: It lubricates our connective tissues, keeping skin plum and hydrated. It is typically a good anti-ager.
8. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate: It is a commonly used foaming agent. It can strip the skin of its natural lipid protection, leaving it open to irritation. It is wise to avoid this if you have sensitive skin.
9. Salicylic Acid: Also known as beta hydroxy acid (BHA), it is an excellent exfoliant, removing dead skin cells that clog up the skin surface. It can also penetrate oily hair follicles, making it a perfect treatment for acne-prone skin.
For that flawless-beyonce skin, let us pay more attention to what is contained in our beauty products…xo!!