Hi friends! Thanks for checking out my blog make sure you subscribe! So today I want to talk about some words that you hear constantly when it comes to skin care. These are the words that we see all over the skin care aisle that most of us don’t even know. So without hesitation here are the top 10 important skin care buzz words…
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAS): These are acids that reduce the appearance of fine lines. AHA’s help skin shed dead cells and improve the texture of the skin. You will find AHAS in a lot of acne products because they prevent breakouts and unclog pores. Glycolic acid is a very popular AHA.
Antioxidants: These little guys help protect the skin from damage. Vitamins A, C and E are great antioxidants.
Collagen: This you will see all over “anti aging” products. Collagen is a protein that is found in the skin. As we age collagen levels decline. Collagen is commonly injected in the skin, but you can use products with peptides in them and they have similar effects.
Emollients: These guys hold moisture into the skin. Look for squalane, avocado oil, wheat germ oil, lanolin and shea butter in your list of ingredients.
Green Tea Extract: Now this is something that is blaring down the skin care aisle. It is an antioxidant that is found in anti- aging products. It slows down the process of sun damage.
Humectants: These guys also help skin retain moisture. They retain water from the air and are also called glycerin, algae extract, sodoium hyaluronate, urea, lactic acid and panthenol.
Hyaluronic Acid: As you age your body slows down production of this acid. This can be injected into the skin, applied topically or taken as a supplement. It hydrates the skin.
Peptides: These are molecules that are basically transporters. They take things like green tea or vitamin E and bring them to cells to rejuvenate them. They are basically for renewing the skin.
Retinoids: These are the acne fighters and they act to reverse the signs of aging. You need to be careful when using retinoids. They can be very harsh on the skin and make your skin peel if your skin is sensitive. They help fight fine lines and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Serums: Everyone needs a serum no matter what age you are…we all hear that all the time. They correct the skin and can combat dullness and uneven skin tones. The best way to apply a serum is after cleansing and before applying moisturizer to make sure your serum is locked into the skin.
I hope this helps you guys as you navigate the skin care aisle. I do not purchase a product without reading the active ingredients first. It is really important to know what you are putting onto your skin because it is being absorbed into your body. Take your time learning about skin care it will make purchasing products must easier.