Hey my lovelies I thought I would do a little bit of beauty jargon busting today. Recently we’re seeing so many long fancy chemical names used in advertising skincare products, but unless you’re in the industry it just that – “long fancy chemical names”. So I thought I would list some of the most common beauty ingredients with a brief explanation of what they really do, hope you guys find it helpful.
Antioxidants – These guys are vitamins usually used in moisturiser’s. Now here’s the science part, so bare with with. There are molecules all around us called Free Radicals, they occur from pollution, cigarette smoke and sun exposure. Now these guys are BAD news because they can destroy cells (like skin cells) and collagen. Now imagine antioxidants as the GOOD guys; who like nothing more than to eat only free radicals for breakfast, lunch and dinner (pretty useful guys don’t you think). An example of an antioxidant would be Vitamin E, which is why you may notice quite a few facial creams contain vitamin E.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) – These guys are basically “fruit acids”. Not all dead skin cells on the skin’s surface just fall away, this is because they are still slightly attached to the new skin underneath. AHA dissolves these attachments, helping to remove the layer of dead cells leaving the new smooth skin cells exposed. These tend to be found in chemical peels and anti-aging products, but a word of warning if you have sensitive skin these guys can cause irritation or redness.
Ceramides – These are naturally found inside our skin cells and help to hold onto water/moisture, and are commonly found in Facial creams and Body moisturisers.
Collagen – This is a protein found in our skin which gives its elasticity; youthful appearance. As you get older the amount of collagen produced in your skin decreases, causing the skin to sag. Collagen tends to be incorporated in facial creams promoted as anti-aging, but remember these products will only add collagen to the skin’s surface (NOT deep within the cellular level – where it is needed to make a permanent difference) so they are not going to give permanent results.
Enzymes – Help gently remove the layer of dead cells on the skin’s surface, they are commonly used in facial masks and creams promoted as anti-aging (e.g. CoEnzyme Q10).
Humectants – These ingredients attract and retain water/moisture, and are fantastic in moisturisers for dry skin. Glycerine and Urea are examples of humectants commonly used in skincare products.
Liposomes – These guys are prime examples of the advancement in cosmetic chemistry. Imagine them as minuscule spherical particles which are capable of holding moisturising ingredients, transporting and depositing them deep within the skins intercellular structure (where you want it the most). These guys are now being incorporated into moisturising creams and foundations especially those tailored for dry skin.
That’s all for now guys more will be coming up soon, I don’t want to bombard you with too much. One point I do want to mention is always remember “Don’t Always Believe the Hype”, companies want you to buy their products so they’re going to try and grab your attention the best way they can. So give yourself a head start by checking out reviews and checking out the ingredients, don’t always expect to see results instantly it may take some time.
If there’re any ingredients you’re not 100% sure on do feel free to ask and I’ll try my best to answer any concerns. Until next time, Stay Beauty Obsessed, xxx