Thursday, October 3, 2019

Skincare Ingredients

Hello Everyone!

The ingredients in the skincare products that I use is  important to me. The ingredients in your skincare products should be important to you too. Different skincare ingredients are targeted for special skin issues or maintaining healthy skin. Today I'm going to share a few skincare ingredients for some of the products that I use.

Disclaimer: To provide information for these ingredients I used information listed here.


1. Essential Oil

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep Lavender Vanilla contains Essential Oil

An essential oil is a concentrated aromatic liquid extracted from plants, particularly in the seeds, bark, stems, roots or flower.
Essential Oils are also used in aromatherapy to address a variety of health issues, including anxiety, insomnia and inflammation, among others.

Argan oil has become one of the biggest oils in the beauty industry. Made from the fruit of Argan trees native to Morocco, this oil is high in oleic and linoleic acid and rich in vitamin E, making it an excellent moisturizer and antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. A common ingredient in anti-aging creams and moisturizers, argan oil is also popular among hair products for its ability to provide ample moisture, repair damage and restore shine.


2. Glycerin

Clinique Clarifying Lotion contains Glycerin

Glycerin, also known as glycerine or glycerol, is naturally present in skin. As a powerful humectant, it attracts water to the skin, helping maintain its moisture level. Studies show glycerin combined with emollients (moisturizers) promotes healing, reduces irritation and restores normal skin barrier function.

It is used in several skin care products, particularly moisturizers as well as a bonding agent for many types of makeup.


3. Argan Oil

Dove Body Wash with Argan Oil

Argan oil has become one of the biggest oils in the beauty industry. Made from the fruit of Argan trees native to Morocco, this oil is high in oleic and linoleic acid and rich in vitamin E, making it an excellent moisturizer and antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. A common ingredient in anti-aging creams and moisturizers, argan oil is also popular among hair products for its ability to provide ample moisture, repair damage and restore shine.


4. Coconut Oil

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula products contains Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is rich in triglycerides, lauric acid, vitamin E and proteins. It is the most abundant source of lauric acid, a fatty acid known for its antimicrobial, moisturizing and hormone-balancing characteristics. This helps strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and improve moisture retention, healing dry, irritated skin conditions including eczema. Aside from fatty acids, coconut oil is also packed with antioxidants to help prevent signs of aging and repair damaged skin and hair by increasing surface level lipids.

Because of its high content of saturated fat, pure, unprocessed coconut oil may block pores, which is why some dermatologists recommend it to be used as a moisturizer just for the body, but not for the face


5. Glycolic Acid

Derma E Essentials Radiance Toner contains Glycolic Acid 

A derivative of sugarcane, glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), a group of naturally occurring acids that can be found in foods. AHAs work by loosening the glue-like substance that holds dull and dead skin cells on the topmost layer of your skin, revealing newer, healthier skin. And because glycolic acid has the smallest molecular size of all the AHAs, it’s the most bioavailable and active, allowing it to penetrate the skin the most easily. It is also a humectant, able to pull water into the skin.

Glycolic acid peels, the ones administered in your dermatologist’s office, contain a high concentration (up to 30 percent) and can address various skin concerns from acne scars to sun spots. Serums and moisturizers containing glycolic acid use between 5 to 10 percent concentration.


6. Salicylic Acid

Derma E Acne Skincare contains Salicylic Acid

Often naturally sourced from willow bark, salicylic acid works by neutralizing acne-causing bacteria, cleansing pores and accelerating cellular turnover and to heal skin more quickly. Due to its ability to reduce inflammation, this makes it a staple ingredient in products designed for acne, psoriasis and rosacea.

Take Caution If:

You’re pregnant, have extremely dry skin or are taking certain medications, like blood thinners. Overuse of products that contain salicylic may cause skin dryness or interact with medications.


7. Vitamin C

Derma E Vitamin C Brightening Clay Mask contains Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant molecule that plays a vital role in skin health. Often found in topical products, vitamin C protects the skin from free radicals, sun damage and environmental pollution that can break down collagen and stimulate the formation of brown spots and wrinkles. There are several forms of vitamin C. Among the most common ones used in skin care products are L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate.


8. Vitamin E

Derma E Essentials Microdermabrasion Scrub contains Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant often found in oils, lotions, gels and creams because of its ability to strengthen skin, enhance elasticity, repair damage and accelerate wound healing. As an antioxidant, it stabilizes vitamin C and helps neutralize free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules caused by environmental pollutants). Best known for its anti-aging properties, Vitamin E is commonly found in serums and moisturizers that target fine lines, wrinkles and dryness.


9. Aloe Vera

CVS Health Aftersun Aloe Vera Soothing Gel contains Aloe Vera 

Because of its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties, aloe is commonly used in lotions, as well as products designed to soothe skin concerns such as psoriasis and sunburns, in addition to other minor burns and cuts. Aloe also contains antioxidants and other nutrients, such as proteolytic enzymes, which help encourage collagen and elastin growth. This may help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks.


10. Charcoal

Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask contains Charcoal

Charcoal, a natural agent made from burned carbon, is prized in skin care for its ability purify and detoxify the skin, acting as a sponge to soak up surface oil, deep-seated debris and environmental pollutants. This action is said to balance oil production, exfoliate dead cells and create a brighter and smoother complexion with smaller-looking pores.

Charcoal becomes “activated charcoal” when high temperatures combine with a gas or activating agent to expand its surface area, making it more porous than regular charcoal.


11. Hyaluronic Acid

Derma E Hydrating Cleanser contains Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a hydrophilic (water-loving) compound that has the ability to draw moisture right out of the air and hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water in the skin.

It is naturally present in all our connective tissues and skin, but because our body’s production of this slows as we age, this ingredient is widely used in skin care products designed to battle dryness and improve skin texture and elasticity. Hyaluronic acid is also used as a natural alternative to synthetic fillers injections.


12.  Jojoba Oil

Derma E Psorzema Cream contains Jojoba Oil 

Jojoba oil is a lightweight yet rich source of fatty acids and antioxidants, which offer various skin benefits including boosting hydration, repairing damage and soothing skin irritation. Jojoba oil’s texture is similar to the skin’s natural oil (sebum), which makes it a popular ingredient for moisturizers designed for dry skin and can cause break out in oily skin. Jojoba oil is also used as a moisturizer for dry hair.


Over the years I've researched the ingredients in my skincare products and these are types of products that I like to use

- Paraben Free
- Vegan
- Non Drying
- Oil Free
- Fragrance Free or Not too strongly scented
- Reasonbly Priced (occasionally splurge depending
  on the quality of theproduct)
- Gluten Free
- Cruelty Free
- GMO Free
- Soy Free

My skincare routine is not perfect, but it's good to be knowledgeable about the ingredients you use during your beauty routine.


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nerline said...

My skin loves products with vitamin C. Thanks for sharing.

Sakuranko said...

Oh great purchases darling~ thanks for share with us

Evi Erlinda said...

The ingredients of products for my skin care routine are aloe vera, coconut oil, jojoba, or green tea.

Anonymous said...

Informative post! Thanks for sharing!

Mica said...

Thanks for sharing, it's nice to get an overview of the different ingredients in things! :)

Hope that you are having a great week :) I've got a scarf giveaway on my blog right now :)

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Pilar said...

You're welcome! Vitamin C has so many benefits for the skin!

Pilar said...

Thanks, and you're welcome!

Pilar said...

I heard green tea is good for the skin especially for acne and oily skin.

Pilar said...

Thanks, and you're welcome!

Haddock said...

One tick from me on the coconut oil.

Mellie said...

I use coconut oil often and I have used vitamin e oil on a scar after surgery before.

Ivana Split said...

very informative post. I love using natural oils such as argan, coconut and olive oil. I have never had a bad experience using coconut oil on my face but since I've read that it can block pores, I only use it for mosturizing my hair and body.

Marie said...

I've heard that coconut oil can clog pores if you use it on your face. I usually skip using coconut oil on my face because it makes my face feel oily. Coconut oil works well for my hair and skin!

Pilar said...

Coconut oil can be a hit or miss for some people. I like coconut oil as long as the oil isn't too strongly scented. I prefer fragrance free coconut oil.

Pilar said...

I haven't used coconut oil recently, but it used to be one of my holy grails. Vitamin E Oil has so many benefits.

Pilar said...

Thanks! I've never bad a bad experience using coconut oil my face either, but I don't use it on my face that often. I used to use olive oil on my hair, and it worked well for a few months. I had to stop using some olive oil based products on hair because it was making my hair dry.

Pilar said...

Coconut Oil tends to make my face feel oily as well that's why I don't use it often. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for my hair though. Spectrum Refined Coconut Oil is my go to product! I need to get a jar!

Marie said...

Spectrum Coconut Oil is a good brand! I use the refined version too!

Pilar said...

It's the only brand that I use! I guess I haven't tried any other brands of coconut oil since Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil keeps my hair and skin healthy!

Marie said...

I used Coconut Oil from Trader Joe's, but I didn't like it that much

Pilar said...

I haven't tried Trader Joe's brand. I've only seen one Trader Joe's in my city.

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