Are you an ingredient junkie like me??? This little list will make your life so much easier, and be better for your skin too!
Let’s just dive right in to the good stuff!
AHA – Melts the intercellular glue that holds our skin cells together, to help the skin’s natural shedding process. … AHA’s are great for rejuvenate aging skin
BHA – BHAs clear up blackheads, whiteheads, and have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Hydroquinone – Skin-bleaching agent used in the cosmetic treatment of hyper-pigmented skin conditions.
Kojic Acid – Works as a lightening agent
Retinol – Reduces fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen.
L-ascorbic acid – A potent antioxidant and skin-soothing agent that can improve the appearance and signs of aging
Hyaluronic – Potent antioxidant and skin-soothing agent that can improve the appearance and signs of aging
Copper Peptides – Promotes the production of collagen and elastin in your skin. It also acts as an antioxidant and promotes production of glycosaminoglycans (such as hyaluronic acid)
Alpha Lipoic acid – A natural chemical that’s in every cell you have. As an antioxidant, it attacks free radicals throughout the body. In skin care products, companies tout it as a substance that can erase fine lines and wrinkles, diminish pores, and give skin a healthy glow.
DMAE – Offers anti-aging benefits by reducing the appearance of wrinkles, dark under-eye circles, and sagging neck skin
Holy Guacamole!!!! What a list! Now I know what you are thinking. “Lori, I have all these ingredients, but how do I know if the products I’m buying are really working?”
I’m glad you asked! One of the easiest ways to know is simply look at the ORDER of ingredients.
If the ingredients are at the top of the list, you know you’re getting your money’s worth, because it has a higher concentration of active ingredients rather than fillers. That’s good, like Jimmy Choo shoe good!
Many ingredients are listed in descending order of %, meaning the first one (which 90% of the time is water) has the highest predominance.
Ingredients that are below 1% are not listed in any particular order.
You could be paying for a lot of fillers and buffers if you’re not careful, so pay attention to the order of the 10 ingredients I just listed. Remember, just because something costs more doesn’t always mean it’s better. So be an educated consumer gurl! (That’s why you have me!)
So when is the best time to start taking care of your skin? The earlier the better! While we may be playing catch up, our kids have an amazing opportunity to take care of their skin now! And the first product a child should get used to is sunscreen! Check out this earlier post we wrote on sunscreen!
If you want to be a pro at chemicals and ingredients, check this book out. Milady’s Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary is a quick reference guide and is super easy to read making it dare I say actually binge worthy!?
Pro tip: If you’re not sure about where to start or what’s right for you, book a consult with one of our expert Skin Therapists! We are acne and age management specialists who do face time consults and help people like you all over the United States who need help with their skin and don’t know where to start.
Let me know in the comments below, what ingredient(s) will you be looking for the next time you go shopping?