As the skincare market continues to expand and develop, we are confronted with a wide selection of ingredients in every product. Each ingredient works in unison with each other, giving us our promised result. But what do certain skincare ingredients actually do for our skin? In this article, we will be exploring a collection of skincare ingredients and discussing their known benefits for the skin. Plus, we will be recommending some of the best quality products available on the market.
What is an active skincare ingredient?
In simple terms, an active skincare ingredient is an ingredient that works to address and target a specific skin concern, such as acne or eczema. These ingredients are scientifically proven to demonstrate their expected results and have undergone multiple clinical trials to test out their effectiveness. Active ingredients are most commonly found in high-quality cosmeceutical ingredients.
How do skincare ingredients help your skin?
Active ingredients are a much more powerful substance than non-active ingredients, as they work on a deeper cellular level. This is because these types of ingredients are able to penetrate into the dermis and epidermis, which helps to encourage cells to replenish and rejuvenate themselves. If you are considering trying out more cosmeceutical products, you will notice that they contain much higher concentrations of active ingredients than typical high street products. This helps cosmeceutical products become more cost-effective, as you only have to use a small amount to gain amazing results.
Are the ingredients in skincare products really safe?
For the most part, active ingredients are completely safe for use and have been scientifically proven to fulfil their purpose. However, some skincare ingredients can further irritate or inflame the skin. For example, if a product displays the ingredient ‘fragrance’, it is usually an artificial scent made up of various harmful ingredients, like petroleum. Thus, if you suffer from sensitive or problem skin, it is best to use fragrance -free skincare products to avoid unnecessary irritation. If you are ever concerned about the ingredients in your skincare products, you should always conduct some light research to confirm that the product has been verified by scientific bodies such as the MHRA or FDA.
What are the most important ingredients in skincare products?
Skincare is a matter of preference and you should always focus your skincare routine on the needs and wants of your specific skin types. However, there are a selection of skincare ingredients that can have incredible effects on the quality of your skin, regardless of your skin type.
Firstly, hyaluronic acid, a gentle substance that can help to hydrate and soothe your dry skin. This substance can be found in a variety of different skincare products such as moisturisers and serums. Hyaluronic acid can also act an anti-aging ingredient, as it deeply moisturises and nourishes your skin, preventing the formation of deep wrinkles.
Adding on to this, titanium dioxide is an amazing ingredient, if you are looking to protect yourself from harmful sun damage. Titanium dioxide is found in a variety of broad-spectrum sunscreens and helps to absorb dangerous UV rays and neutralise free radical molecules. This ingredient can also be considered to be anti-aging, as it helps to prevent the signs of premature aging brought on by excessive exposure to sunlight.
Finally, niacinamide is the perfect ingredient for acne prone skin, as it helps to protect the skin from a collection of environmental toxins. As a result, niacinamide helps to keep pores clean and clear, helping to prevent the frequency of harsh breakouts.
What are good ingredients for your face?
Your face is a very sensitive area and must be treated as such. When choosing skincare products for your face, it is best to choose natural, yet powerful, ingredients that will help you develop a blemish-free complexion.
For example, coconut oil has become a popular skincare ingredient in recent years due to its calming nature. This is because coconut oil has the ability to soothe inflammation, which in turn, helps to balance out uneven skin tones and produce a more glowing complexion.
In a similar fashion, shea butter is used to soothe skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis due to its soothing and hydrating nature. Thus, shea butter can help to treat harmful and painful irritation, leaving you with healthier and more relaxed skin.
Thirdly, many people praise green tea extract as an amazing way to protect their skin from sun damage. Green tea also contains Vitamin E which helps to hydrate dry skin, thus can help to soothe the side effects of sun burn and lessen the damage overall.
What is the best anti-wrinkle ingredient?
When discussing anti-wrinkle ingredients, it is vital that we include retinol as an effective treatment. Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative that helps to encourage increased cell turnover and collagen production in the skin. As a result, retinol can help the skin surface to become plumper, softer and more elastic after just a few uses.
At Dermoi! we offer an expansive collection of retinol products, all designed to created younger and more attractive skin. Here are just three of our favourite retinol products, with each product being available for purchase on the Dermoi! online store:
Firstly, the ‘Retinol Reface’ from Indeed Labs, uses an incredible 3-in-1 formula to create a more youthful complexion without any irritation. This product contains retinol, bakuchiol and retinol like peptides to create a slow-release formula to gradually reduce the visible signs of aging. More importantly, unlike other retinol products, the ‘Retinol Reface’ can be used in the morning or the evening for a more convenient skincare routine. The ‘Retinol Reface’ is currently selling for just £18.99.
Moreover, the ‘Intensive Clarity Treatment 0.5% Pure Retinol Night’ from PCA Skin. This product is specifically designed for acne-prone skin, to help promote a clearer complexion and fewer breakouts. By combining 0.5% retinol with 2% salicylic acid, this product helps to exfoliate the skin, as well as produce healthier skin cells, which in turn, reduces the appearance of blemishes such as whiteheads and blackheads. The ‘Intensive Clarity Treatment 0.5% Pure Retinol Night’ is available for £71.95.
Finally, the ‘Age Reverse Day Repair SPF30’ from Exuviance is a high-quality moisturiser, designed to gradually reduce all signs of aging. With a combination of UV filters and Vitamins A and E, this product helps to deeply exfoliate the skin and stimulate increased skin cell production. As a result, this moisturiser works to create younger-looking skin and reduce the sight of wrinkles and dark spots. The ‘Age Reverse Day Repair SPF30’ is currently available for £67.95.
What ingredients should I avoid in skincare?
If you choose to use low-quality skincare products, you may find that a lot of these products contain harmful materials that can seriously damage the overall quality of your skin. For example, many cosmetic products contain aluminium, which can have oestrogen-like effects on the body that can seriously affect the wider endocrine system. Moreover, a lot of high street skincare products uses mineral oil as a filler product. Mineral oil can become clogged in enlarged pores, allowing more breakouts to form within our skin. Finally, Polyethylene glycols (PEGs) can disrupt the skin’s moisture levels, causing fine lines and wrinkles to form more rapidly.
How to find ingredients in cosmetics?
If you are concerned about your skincare routine in any way, it is always best to research the product and ensure that they are right for your skin. On the Dermoi! online store, we offer an in-depth ingredients list, exploring the effects and benefits of each ingredient, so you can be sure that you are using the best quality ingredients on your skin. Moreover, you can research individual ingredients on a collection of databases and see how they reacted in clinical trials. Finally, if you are concerned about a specific brand, try contacting the manufacture directly to gain more information about the ingredients that are used in their products.
Building a skincare routine can be an exciting and unique experience for you and your skin. But if you are concerned about a number of ingredients, this task can seem quite daunting, and even off-putting. Therefore, if you are looking for products with high-quality ingredients from premium brands, try Dermoi’s selection of products and begin creating a more effective skincare routine.
Author: Melody Day