While skin care products may make certain claims and promises, the only way that they can actually follow through with these is if they contain the right ingredients.
It is always so important to check the ingredients list when searching for a new product, as this is the only way that you will really know how well a product is going to work.
Wondering which ingredients you should be keeping an eye out for?
Here are 10 ingredients that you most definitely want to see in your skin care products:
Let’s begin with one of the most effective anti-aging skin care ingredients out there.
Retinol is a form of vitamin A that does so much for the skin, such as:
- Increases skin cell turnover, which keeps your complexion smoother, brighter and fresher
- Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which helps with skin firmness, smoothness and elasticity
- Helps to fade hyperpigmentation, dark spots and acne marks
- Increases skin hydration
Sounds pretty good, right?
This is an ingredient that just about everyone could benefit from, but keep in mind that vitamin A is available in several different forms.
Retinol is one of the most potent, but this does also mean that it can lead to skin irritations and sensitivities. If you are already prone to these, you may want to consider a gentler vitamin A derivative, such as retinyl palmitate.
Peptides are basically short chains of amino acids. When these join together in specific formations, they create certain proteins.
There are two proteins in particular that are key when it comes to the health and appearance of your skin…
Collagen and elastin are both important structural proteins. They give your skin its smoothness, firmness and elasticity, helping to keep the skin looking young.
While the skin produces these two proteins itself, the rate at which it does so declines with age. This is why the skin takes on a wrinkled and sagging appearance as it gets older.
Peptides can help to change this…
They send signals to the deep layers of your skin, telling those cells to amp up their collagen and elastin production. They also soothe the skin, reducing redness and irritations.
What should you be looking for on the ingredients list if you want to use peptides?
There are quite a few different peptides out there. However, pretty much every type will contain the word “peptide” somewhere in their name, making it relatively easy to spot these ingredients.
Just about everyone has heard of vitamin C. After all, this vitamin plays such a huge role when it comes to keeping the body healthy and protected.
Well, it does the same for your skin too!
Vitamin C is actually one of the most powerful antioxidants that you could use on your skin. It helps to fight free radicals, neutralizing these and preventing them from damaging your skin cells. Free radicals are definitely something that you want to eradicate as much as possible, since they contribute drastically to the skin aging process.
In addition to its antioxidant benefits, vitamin C is also great for brightening the skin, while helping to repair sun damage. It encourages collagen production too, resulting in smoother and more luminous skin.
Just like with vitamin A, there are several different forms of vitamin C out there. However, just about every single one of them will bring you the above benefits.
Vitamin E is another skin care must-have, especially if you are also using vitamin C.
Because the two work hand-in-hand together, making each other so much more effective.
What exactly does vitamin E do for the skin?
A number of things, such as:
- Has antioxidant benefits, fighting free radicals and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Absorbs UVB light, helping to protect the skin from the sun. This effect is enhanced when combined with vitamin C, with the two ingredients able to protect the skin from burning for a longer period of time
- Protects the skin cell membranes, helping to keep the skin better hydrated and moisturized
Did you know that just a small amount of sun exposure can reduce the amount of vitamin E in your skin by 50%?
This is just another reason why it is so important to make sure that your skin care routine contains at least one form of vitamin E.
Green Tea Extract
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of botanical extracts that are used in skin care.
Each one brings their own unique benefits, but many would say that green tea extract is the most powerful of them all.
What makes green tea so potent?
The fact that it contains a specific antioxidant known as EGCG.
What does EGCG do?
Well, remember it was mentioned above how free radicals lead to skin aging by damaging skin cells? The damage they cause goes quite deep, affecting the individual DNA of each skin cell.
Green tea helps to fight this damage, not only preventing the onset of skin aging but also helping to prevent skin cancer from developing.
Green tea is also packed with catechins. These are polyphenols that boast powerful anti-inflammatory properties, meaning that they are able to tackle everything from redness and swelling to general irritations.
If all of that was not enough to convince you to start using green tea extract, this ingredient can also help to keep your pores clear, preventing acne breakouts, while supporting the skin cell turnover process.
Antioxidants have been mentioned on this list a few times now, because they really are key when it comes to keeping your skin youthful and healthy.
There are so many different antioxidants out there, but some are more powerful than others.
One of the more potent antioxidants is resveratrol, with many claiming that this is the single most effective antioxidant to use topically on the skin.
Never heard of resveratrol before?
It’s a substance that plants produce whenever they are under stress, and it helps to keep the plant protected.
When used topically on the skin, resveratrol has a similar effect…
In addition to neutralizing free radicals, and therefore keeping skin cells protected, resveratrol also boosts the skin cell renewal process. This then leads to the skin’s epidermis layer thickening up, which helps to increase skin firmness and resilience.
Have you heard of hyaluronic acid before?
If you have ever looked into hydrating and moisturizing skin care ingredients, then you probably have…
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally produced by the body. It is found in highest concentrations in the skin, as well as the eyes and connective tissues.
What does hyaluronic acid do?
It is a humectant, meaning that it draws in moisture and provides this to the body and skin as and when it is needed. There are many other humectant ingredients in skin care too, but hyaluronic acid is one of the best. In fact, hyaluronic acid is capable of holding up to 1000 times its weight in water! This means that just one gram of hyaluronic acid can hold six liters of water.
You can imagine the difference that this would make when it comes to skin hydration. Not only that, but if you are dealing with fine lines and wrinkles, these will become so much less visible thanks to the extra hydration, and therefore the plumped up skin cells, that hyaluronic acid provides.
Wondering what all of this has to do with sodium hyaluronate?
Well, sodium hyaluronate is actually a form of hyaluronic acid. The main difference lies in their molecular size – hyaluronic acid features quite large molecules, whereas those in sodium hyaluronate are much smaller.
Why does this matter?
Because, due to its larger molecular size, hyaluronic acid cannot penetrate very deeply into the skin. This doesn’t mean that it is useless – it still works to hydrate and protect the skin’s surface layer.
However, sodium hyaluronate does that too, while also delving deep into the skin to deliver a dose of moisture to the skin cells that need it the most.
A good example of a product that maximizes the benefits of sodium hyaluronate is the 24K 60-Second Eye Solution. Thanks to the small molecular size of sodium hyaluronate, this solution is able to target the fine lines and puffiness around the thin skin under the eye area, helping to de-puff bloatedness for a more energized appearance.
If you have ever dealt with a sunburn, then aloe vera is an ingredient that you are probably quite familiar with.
It tends to be a go-to ingredient when treating burns, thanks to its incredible anti-inflammatory effects. It is also packed with vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants, making it great for treating a number of other skin concerns too.
You are probably thinking…
Isn’t it better to use fresh aloe vera gel from the plant, rather than purchasing a skin care product that contains it?
In a way, yes. However, too much aloe vera can be a bad thing…
The enzymes in aloe vera have an exfoliating effect when used on the skin. This is great when used occasionally, or when used in smaller concentrations, such as those that you would find in a commercial skin care product.
However, if you overuse fresh aloe vera gel, you are likely to experience dryness, tightness and several other issues that are associated with over-exfoliation.
Sweet Almond Oil
People with oily skin often stay away from skin care products containing oils.
After all, there’s already so much oil on your skin, why would you want to add more? Wouldn’t this only lead to an oilier complexion, along with more acne breakouts?
Well, that actually all depends on the oils that you use…
Some oils are known for being non-comedogenic, which means that they won’t clog up your pores and exacerbate your existing problems.
As you may have guessed, sweet almond oil is one of these.
Why should you be using sweet almond oil on your skin?
For starters, it is packed with vitamins, including vitamins A and E, which were listed earlier on.
It is also a powerful antioxidant, and the fatty acids within the oil help to strengthen the skin and improve its moisture retention.
One thing to keep in mind when looking for sweet almond oil on an ingredients list…
Make sure that you don’t get this mixed up with bitter almond oil. While sweet almond oil is a fantastic skin care ingredient, bitter almond oil tends to be primarily used for aromatherapy, and doesn’t bring about the same benefits when used topically.
Curious about OROGOLD products that are formulated with sweet almond oil?
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Yes, that same caffeine that kicks your brain into action after your morning coffee is something that your skin will really love too.
Because it has a similar effect when used topically – it quickly perks your skin up, making it look more refreshed and awake.
How does it do this?
By stimulating blood circulation. This not only immediately gives your skin a rosy and vibrant glow, but it also means that your skin cells are able to receive a greater amount of oxygen and nutrients, keeping them healthier in the long run.
Caffeine also boasts anti-inflammatory properties, helping to soothe redness, swelling and puffiness. It even helps to protect the skin from UV damage, making it a great anti-aging ingredient too.
Due to the way in which caffeine can soothe the skin and reduce puffiness, you will often find this ingredient formulated into eye serums and creams. Don’t worry if caffeine is listed towards the end of the ingredients list either – you only need to use a very small amount of this ingredient for it to have an effect.
These 10 skin care ingredients are ones that can be used on all skin types, to treat such a wide variety of different skin concerns. After adding even just a few of these ingredients into your skin care routine, it won’t be long before you notice a visible difference in the health and appearance of your skin.
Spotted a few ingredients in this list that you want to try?
You will find each one in several OROGOLD products, from serums to creams to masks. Get in touch if you would like some advice on which products and ingredients would work best for you!