Ingredients should be the primary consideration when buying skincare products. After all, we wouldn’t know how the merchandise might affect us without knowing what’s in the package.
Nevertheless, with all that’s written there, how can we know what’s the best and the worst skincare ingredients? What should we look for or avoid in a product?
Retinol: The gold standard in anti-aging! The benefits of retinol include lightening skin discoloration, speeding up cell turnover, improving skin texture and reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Retinol can also control breakouts and acne.
Peptides: If you didn’t know, peptides are linked amino acids that produce collagen for the skin. The more collagen, the healthier and younger your skin looks and feels. If you’re looking for plumper, firmer and younger-looking skin, go with a product that includes peptides.
Lactic and Glycolic Acid: Struggling with texture issues or dullness due to dead skin cells? Glycolic or lactic acid will be your best friend! Both acids are alpha hydroxy acids, which makes them excellent exfoliants. While both ingredients effectively remove dead skin cells, they also work on improving skin discoloration.
Phthalates: A great deal of debate has risen over the safety of phthalates. Some argue that the evidence is not substantial enough to demonstrate significant risk, as no single study has yet confirmed exposure to phthalates causes cancer or inhibits male reproductive tract growth. Yet even the CDC has gone so far as to advise pregnant women not to use cosmetic products that contain phthalates. Until more evidence is presented, it may be best to avoid phthalates in beauty products.
Fragrance: According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database, fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. They can be found in many products such as perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, body wash and moisturizers.
Sulfates: Two common sources are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). Sulfates are mostly used in cleaning products and when mixed with other chemicals, they can form a carcinogen called nitrosamine. They can cause damage to your respiratory system and kidneys.