06 Sep 2017by Ella
Best Skincare Ingredients
20 Best Skincare Ingredients
Understand and know your skincare ingredients, what they do, how they work, what they target and what to look for.
If you need to know the best skincare ingredients for your daily skincare routine, and look out for them in your skincare products, then read below and find out about 20 Best Skincare Ingredients, and what you need to look for when buying your skincare products.
New anti-ageing products are packed full of ingredients that are used as Anti-Inflammatories. Deep set lines and wrinkles are being treated like wounds with new healing creams.
To counteract potential future damage top dermatologists recommend you look for the following antioxidants in your daily moisturiser: Idebenone, Ferulic Acid, Vitamins C and E, Coenzyme Q10 and Lycopene.
By law the first ingredient listed on a label should have the highest concentration in the formula. The term ‘active’ means an ingredient that works beneath the skin’s surface to produce visible changes. For it to work, however, it has to be protected from air and light, and used regularly.
Vitamin C is essential in both face creams and diet because it is necessary for the formation of collagen, the protein that gives skin its elasticity and strength. As an antioxidant it destroys harmful free radicals in the body, caused by pollution, stress and poor diet. If unchecked these attack the skin and lead to premature ageing.
As well as vitamin C and E, potassium and magnesium, kiwi fruit contains high concentrations of alpha-linolenic acid which helps retain moisture in the skin and hair. Kiwi seed oil contains more than 60% of ALAs, making it ideal for skin products.
Fermented extract of the Kombucha Mushroom is a new treatment for the face which promises to multiply the production of collagen in the skin cells, which in turn will plump up the skin and generally improve its appearance.
Long known for their effectiveness in treating damaged skin, Peptides are now thought to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. They can help stimulate the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin’s upper layers, which is vital in the support structure of the skin which breaks down as we age.
Look for this ingredient in organic skincare products, the sweet light oil has long been famous for its purifying properties, and in cream forms it is used for soothing and toning, and as a skin repairer in anti-ageing products.
When skin begins to look dull and lifeless vitamin A can provide assistance. Found in Retinol, Tretioin, Tazarotene and Palimate (new developments are on the way) it increases skin elasticity and dermal thickening and reverses photo-ageing.
Alpha-lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant that can help repair existing skin damage and fight future damage, because it is soluble in both oil and water, which permits its entrance to a;; parts of the cell. It diminishes fine lines and gives skin a healthy glow.
Retinoids are the synthetic version of vitamin A, the first generation of which are called Retin-A and Retinol. They have been shown to have fantastic results in treating wrinkles and spotty skin as they increase the turnover of cell growth and regenerate the new skin.
Although only available on prescription at the moment, British scientists think Tazarotine and Tretinoin (whose active ingredients is related to vitamin A) can effectively reduce visible wrinkles, especially those caused by sun damage.
Skin Saving Antioxidant E
Vitamin E is known to be one of the most powerful antioxidants, which can help prevent free radical damage caused by the environmental factors like the sun. It is found in more and more skin creams to help ward off this damage, but you can source it nutritionally from leafy green vegetables and olive oil.
Creamy Copper Peptide
Copper peptide is found naturally in the human body, and combines the element copper with three amino acids, making it a tripeptide. When added to skin creams, copper peptides combine with other enzymes in your body and have been shown to promote collagen and elastin production. They can help to reverse the ageing process by thickening the skin and reducing fine wrinkles.
Sooth It With Oils
Lavender is the most versatile essential oil, good for helping general fatigue and tension as well as easing skin irritations. Neroli oil distilled from the leaves of the bitter orange tree can help balance both oily and dry skin, and sandalwood is a wonderfully balancing oil which can also help soothe skin irritations.
Wrinkle Fight With Malachite
The exquisite green mineral is thought to be a powerful tool in the anti-ageing battle. The mineral increases cellular water retention, giving the complexion a temporary tighter, firmer appearance.
Look for skincare products containing the plant growth hormone Kinetin (N6-Furfuryladenine), which has been shown to have dramatic effects on ageing skin, helping to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce blotchiness.
A Natural Antidote To Maturing
Hormone production in the body declines with age, and everything starts to dry out, especially the skin. Look for wrinkle cream with Phytoestrogens called Isoflavones which mimic the effect of the female hormone estrogen, which will help keep skin hydrated and toned.
Skincare products containing DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) show good results in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Source it naturally as well by eating more fish, such as anchovies and sardines which contain high concentrations.
Papaya Pick Me Up
Look out for papaya enzyme peel, which uses the natural fruit enzyme papain to give your skin the same smooth fresh feel as an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) treatment but without the harsh chemicals.