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Understanding Different Ingredients In Your Skincare Products

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When it comes to skincare, you cannot always trust chic packaging or rosy marketing language that promises you plump, firm, clear, youthful, and flawless skin. Honestly, brands can say pretty much whatever they want, so it is up to the consumers to know the ingredients. That is why by understanding different ingredients; you will be able to find the most effective products for your skin, saving you time, money, and breakouts. Of course, becoming an ingredient scholar is easier said than done. Flip over any bottle of your favorite skincare product, and it can feel like reading a foreign language. All those polysyllabic words are intimidating. Nearly every skincare product has a myriad of ingredients that are impossible to pronounce and leave us wondering what it is they actually do. To help you weed through the confusion, we put together some of the most common and necessary skin care ingredients present in various products.

Moisturizing:

Since moisturizing is a staple of your skin care routine, there are plenty of products with numerous ingredients that provide moisturizing effects.

  • Jojoba Oil:

It non-fragrant oil that is produced from the seed of the jojoba shrub, which is native to the west coast of the USA and northwestern Mexico. Jojoba oil contains a variety of different fatty acids mostly eicosenoic, erucic, and oleic acid. It has a chemical structure that closely resembles human sebum (i.e. the oil or lubrication that our skin produces) so it is easily absorbed into the skin and is effective as a moisturizing and balancing agent for the skin's natural oils, without clogging pores. Additionally, it is also loaded with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. It works as a great moisturizer for dry and chapped skin as well as it is also known for healing burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, and sunburn. Definitely keep an eye out for this ingredient if you want to rejuvenate and enhance your skin's natural suppleness. Oriental Botanics' Aloe vera, Green Tea & Cucumber Night Gel contains jojoba oil. This night gel supplies your skin the external hydration and superior nourishment essential for rebuilding and revitalizing the skin. It is packed with nutrients that are vital for sustaining the nighttime cell renewal and regeneration process so that your skin retains its youthful elasticity. It helps in repairing the microscopic damages in the skin that occur due to daylong exposure to sunlight and pollution. It restores the skin's protective moisture barrier and strengthens the antioxidant defense against free radicals. Adding this product to your daily nighttime skincare regimen helps in lightening the blemishes and gives you a clear and radiant complexion.

  • Tea Tree Oil:

Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, was first extracted from the narrow-leaved paperbark or narrow-leaved tea-tree, which is native to northeastern Australia. This camphor-like smelling essential oil has been used as a skin care remedy for hundreds of years. It contains a lot of different compounds but its main constituents are terpinen-4-ol, terpinene, and α-pinene Tea tree oil has excellent anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal properties and is the reason this ingredient has been used to treat acne-like skin infections. It also imparts hydrating effects to the skin, keeping it soft and nourished. It is used in numerous moisturizers for getting soft and supple skin. We recommend you to try Oriental Botanics' Australian Tea Tree Face Gel. This is a fast-absorbing, non-greasy face gel enriched with natural oils and plant extracts for moisturizing and nourishing the acne-prone and oily skin. It is a non-comedogenic gel that quickly permeates the skin without clogging the pores and improves the condition of the stressed skin. It restores the skin's lipid barrier without leaving behind greasy residues so that your skin feels soft and smooth without feeling greasy. Rich in nutrients that help in the regeneration of the skin cells, this face gel helps to repair the damaged skin.

Exfoliation:

Exfoliation is an essential skin care step. It removes the dead cells from the top layer of the skin. It makes the skin more glowing and radiant and also helps the absorption of other important skin-nourishing ingredients. Exfoliation can be mechanical (like a scrub or brush) or chemical (acids that look like toners and gently remove the dead cells by dissolving the bonds between them). Scrubs available in the market are often enriched with nourishing ingredients such as:

  • AHAs:

Alphy Hydroxy Acids are generally recommended for normal skin types, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, sun damage, and fine lines. Some of the most common AHAs present in exfoliators are glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, mandelic acid, etc.

  • Glycerin:

Glycerin is often the main constituent of physical exfoliators to prevent the skin from the harshness of scrubbing the face. It is a great natural humectant that attracts and traps moisture, thus making the skin smoother and more hydrated. It is often merged with other hydrating ingredients, like essential oils, because it can strengthen their moisturizing effects. It has a formula that gets easily absorbed by the skin and glides on smoothly, and is also suitable for acne-prone skin. It will appear on the label of products as glycerol or glycerine. Oriental Botanics' Australian Tea Tree Face Scrub has glycerin as one of its constituents. This face scrub is created to restore your natural glowing skin. It increases the skin's clarity and radiance and refreshes the skin. Mild abrasive agents and gentle exfoliants are blended in the face scrub to expose the younger layer of skin hidden behind the dead skin cells and helps to eliminate skin dullness. It helps in loosening the blackheads and whiteheads and unclogging the pores. It helps to fade the dark spots and its skin-lightening effect assists in reducing the appearance of the hyperpigmented spots.

  • BHAs:

Beta Hydroxy Acids are mainly recommended for oily, combination, or acne-prone skin because they are oil-soluble (AHAs are water-soluble), which means they can go deeper into the pores, cut through the oil that has clogged them, and thus remove excess sebum production. They also have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which are ideal for treating acne and breakouts. BHAs in skincare products are almost always referred to as salicylic acid.

Anti-Aging:

You already know that the anti-aging claim is slapped on almost all beauty labels. But in reality, there are only a handful of ingredients that are proven to have any kind of anti-aging effects on the skin. This means they can somewhat slow down the inevitable process by increasing cell turnover and collagen production. Some of these are:

  • Retinol:

It is a natural form of Vitamin A, and is one ingredient that most of the dermatologists agree has anti-aging effects. It greatly aids in the reduction and appearance of wrinkles, improves texture, lightens age spots, and boosts the thickness and elasticity of the skin. There are many different Vitamin A forms and each differs in effects so it is best to consult a dermatologist before starting on a regimen.

  • Vitamin C:

It is the most powerful antioxidant that can brighten the skin, boost collagen, and help in fading spots. The best form of Vitamin C is known to be L-ascorbic acid or Ascorbic acid. You should always do some research before buying to find the best form for you. Vitamin C works really well when combined with Vitamin E, so if you see them on a label, it is a good start. Aloe vera is the most powerful botanical ingredient with Vitamin C as one of its essential component. One of the best anti-aging skincare products that contains aloe vera is the Oriental Botanics' 99% Aloe Vera Fresh Soothing Gel. The nutrient-rich gel forms a transparent film of moisture on the skin that protects against pollutants and environmental stressors. It can easily penetrate your skin and nourishes the skin tissues, thereby leaving your skin thoroughly nourished and youthful. It cools the inflamed and irritated skin and helps to heal the skin damaged by overexposure to sunlight. This natural skin-conditioning agent locks moisture in the skin and adds suppleness and firmness to the skin.

Antioxidants:

Antioxidants play a very important role in fighting free radicals. Free radicals bounce from cell to cell basically trying to steal the missing electron from other atoms and destroy them. If they succeed, they can possibly damage the skin, interfere with normal DNA, destroy collagen, cause inflammation and discoloration, and can lead to premature ageing, sagging skin, acne, inflammation, and wrinkles. Antioxidants basically work by neutralizing these free radicals and thus protecting the healthy cells and prevent premature ageing of skin. Antioxidants work really well together, so choose products that feature several antioxidants. Serums with green tea, tea tree oil, and vitamin E are probably the best formulations for a powerful antioxidant punch. Oriental Botanics' Australian Tea Tree Face Serum is highly rich in antioxidants. This is a clarifying and nourishing facial serum that helps to tighten the enlarged pores and reduces sebum overproduction. As a result, your face stays grease and shine-free for a longer time. It fortifies the protective moisture barrier of the skin that helps to keep the skin supple and soft. Its bioactive constituents help to calm the stressed and inflamed skin. The nutrient-rich serum helps in repairing the damaged skin and minimizes further damage. Natural antioxidants help to protect the skin from oxidative stress that is responsible for speeding up the premature appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. We have an assortment of skincare products containing essential and powerful ingredients that work wonders on the skin. To Explore More Products in the Skin Care Range, Click Here Also, Don't Forget to check out our Best Sellers!