Ingredients to Look for in Skincare, Read in Our Skincare blog
When it comes to anti-aging creams and other skincare products, everyone is looking for a quick fix that will reduce wrinkles or fine lines otherwise known as crow‘s feet or expression lines. We are aging every day, and many of us do not know how to rejuvenate our skin, yet there are hundreds of products out there all advertising that they help you do just that. So where do you begin? Let‘s look at some of the ingredients found in these products so you can narrow your search and determine what you need.In this Skincare blog, We review some of these ingredients.
Allantoin –Aids in the repair and regeneration of skin cells. It has healing and anti-inflammatory properties and helps smooth the skin.
Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA) – Contains Glycolic Acid that exfoliates, repairs and enhances the skin. It stimulates the production of collagen, increases the thickness of the skin, and improves elasticity and texture, and smoothes skin tone. It can also minimize enlarged pores and provides an effective way to treat acne.
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Argireline – an ingredient used in some anti-wrinkle cosmetic products that are on the market. These products are applied directly to the skin. Argireline is the trademark name for the molecule acetyl hexapeptide-3. Argireline is made up of a chain of six amino acids or proteins. It is similar to Botox, but the Argireline peptide string is shorter than that of Botox.
Beta Hydroxy Acid or Salicylic Acid – Used to enhance the tone and texture of oily skin. It is often used to treat acne as an alternative to AHA. Concentrations should be 1- 2% to be effective.
Coenzyme Q-10 or Co-Q10 – An antioxidant that repairs skin damaged by the sun. It stimulates new skin cell growth. It increases the firmness of the skin and smoothes the texture.
DMAE – Effective in minimizing wrinkles and fine lines and firming sagging skin. It enhances hydration and is often used along with other vitamins.
Green Tea – Used as an antioxidant to help heal the skin, while it reduces puffiness and minimizes inflammation. Often used in moisturizers, it reduces large pores, wrinkles and fine lines.
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Hyaluronic Acid – Clinically proven to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Use it with vitamin C to increase absorption into the skin.
Kojic Acid – A clinically proven treatment for lightening hyperpigmentation or brown spots. It deters the production of melanin in the skin. It is an alternative to hydroquinone.
Liposomes – Effective in reducing wrinkles and fine lines while enhancing the texture of the skin. They are also used to provide nutrients directly to skin cells.
Matrixyl 3000 – developed by the Sederma Corporation, this ingredient is made up of the matrikines peptides Pal-GHK (palmitoyl oligopeptide) and Pal-GQPR (palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7). They work together as antioxidants to fight the damaging signs of aging on the skin. Together they stimulate the matrix molecules (collagens and fibronectin), which in turn allows the Matrixyl 3000 to reduce wrinkles. It is distributed as a gel with a pH of 4.0-6.0, and 30% water content.
Palmitoyl Pentapeptide or Matrixyl – Enhances the production of collagen and helps repair skin damaged by the sun. It also reduces wrinkles and improves elasticity so the skin is firmer. It is an alternative to retinol.
Retinoic Acid or Retin A or Tretinoin – Although it can cause irritation, it is the strongest form of vitamin A used to treat skincare issues. It reduces wrinkles, increases the production of collagen, exfoliates, and smoothes the skin while improving elasticity and reducing the occurrence of acne.
Retinol – Another form of vitamin A, it is not as effective as Tretinoin because it does not absorb well into the skin. It may cause skin irritation.
Retinyl Palmitate – a vitamin A derivative similar to Tretinoin, but it is milder so it won‘t irritate the skin.
Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid – Increases production of collagen, heals the skin, and has potent antioxidant properties.
Vitamin E or Tocopherol – An antioxidant that protects and heals the skin. It is effective in treating dark circles under the eyes. It can also be used to treat bruises and broken capillaries.
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