From Antioxidants to Zinc Oxide : Making sense of skin care ingredients
Posted on August 15 2015
It can be confusing trying to keep track of skincare's latest "holy grail" ingredient or product. However, there are certain gold standard active ingredients that are effective and proven. We take a closer look at these and what they do for your skin.
Look for: Rose Hips Extract, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin CAntioxidants are substances that help prevent and repair damage to the body’s cells. They act as neutralizers of both internal factors (metabolism, stress) and external forces (pollution, sun damage, extreme temperatures, wind).
Antioxidants slow, prevent and repair damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are the unstable molecules that start the oxidation process that leads to cell dysfunction. They are a major contributor to all visible signs of aging – including age spots, fine lines, sagging and wrinkles – of the skin. Antioxidants help fortify cells against the damaging free radicals whilst encouraging cell and tissue growth. Antioxidants also boast anti-inflammatory properties.
ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS (AHAs)
Look for : Glycolic Acid, Grapefruit Extract, Lactic Acid
AHAs slough away dulling buildup by “dissolving” dead skin cells that have accumulated over time. Regular use helps reveal a brighter, renewed complexion. Over time, AHAs can help minimize age spots and discolouration, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and texture.
Look for : Palmitoyl Oligopeptide , Palmitoyl Oligopeptide-7
Zinc Oxide is a natural mineral with antibacterial properties that is used to heal, soothe and protect the skin. Crucially, Zinc Oxide blocks ultra violet light, making it a very effective physical sunscreen protecting skin against both UVA and UVB rays.
Zinc Oxide is the broadest spectrum UVA and UVB reflector approved for use as a sunscreen and is completely photostable, so it remains unchanged when exposed to light. Zinc Oxide is often used with Titanium Dioxide to provide full broad spectrum coverage.
Like Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide is a non-chemical SPF contributor that coats the skin to scatter UVA light. Both Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are are considered to be non-irritating, non-allergenic, and non-comedogenic. We recommend daily use of a broad-spectrum high-performance mineral-based sunscreen as a critical step of all skin care regimens.