Let’s talk about chemicals. Hyaluronic acid is a chemical found in the body that holds moisture – 1000x it’s own weight in moisture to be exact. It’s my favourite chemical. And yes, that’s right, I have a favourite chemical. It keeps the skin firm, plump, and hydrated but as we age, our amount of natural hyaluronic decreases. That’s when our skin starts to look dull, dehydrated, and fine lines and wrinkles make their way into our lives. These signs of aging are natural, but not to fear, we can combat aging with our skincare. Many skincare products, specifically moisturizers, contain hyaluronic in order to increase your skin’s amount of it in order to re-firm, re-plump, and re-hydrate. This post is going to talk about a few main skincare ingredients.
AHAs: the best way to remember this one is A for anti-aging. AHA stands for alpha-hydroxy acids, and these are ingredients such as glycolic, lactic, tartaric, and citric acids. These ingredients gently exfoliate and help with fine lines, pigmentation and age spots, and can help shrink enlarged pores.
BHAs: the best way to remember this one is B for anti-Blemish. BHA stands for beta-hydroxy acids and there is only one kind of this acid called salicylic. This type of acid helps with acne and can also improve the texture and colour of sun damage.
Hyaluronic: *see above* – the properties of hyaluronic acid also apply to glycerin – glycerin is a natural alternative to hyaluronic.
Retinol: another good anti-aging ingredient derived from Vitamin A. Retinol seeks out the natural collagen and elastin in our skin and says “hey bitch wake up.” Collagen and elastin (after being woken up) then improve our skin’s firmness and plump fine lines and wrinkles.
Salicilin or Willow Bark: a natural exfoliant and antibacterial ingredient (good for acne-prone skin)
Most types of clay (Umbrian clay, French clay): absorb excess oil and purify the skin
Rose, black currant, or cucumber: calm and soothe the skin – good for sensitive skin or painful acne
Congratulations if you’ve made it to the end of this post, I appreciate you sticking around. I know chemical-talk is boring, but it is important to know what goes onto your face and why it may or may not be helping. These are just a few of the hundreds of skincare ingredients there are, but knowing these few main ones may make skincare shopping a little easier, and you will be informed on what you’re spending your money on.
Until next time,