It is essential to understand the various ingredients used in your skin care products because any product that deals with your skin is only as good as the ingredients that it uses. This OROGOLD Guide to Skin Care Ingredients helps you to learn how to analyze skin care ingredients and ensure that the products you choose offer the best possible solutions between safety and effectiveness.
OROGOLD Skin Care Ingredients Guide Part 1 – Why is it important to understand skin care ingredients?
It is impractical to suggest that you should know everything there is to know about the ingredients used in the products that you use on your skin. There are all sorts of things that need a great deal of study. However, with the right basics, you should actually be able to differentiate between the right and the wrong products and more often than not, choose products that actually benefit your skin. Generally, there are a number of factors that define whether a product offers anti-aging benefits. OROGOLD examines some of the main factors here.
- Are the active ingredients present in sufficient amounts? Do these ingredients stay alive during the shelf-life of the product or do they degrade with time?
- Do the ingredients have the capacity to stimulate skin regeneration or help your skin to rejuvenate itself? Are these ingredients active in nature?
- Do any of the ingredients used in the product cause harm to your skin? Do any of the ingredients lead to issues like irritation, clogging of pores, dehydration or allergic reactions?
- Does the product’s formula allow the ingredients to penetrate into your skin?
The best skin care products always contain several active ingredients in the right concentrations. Their inactive ingredients don’t interfere with the effectiveness of the product and the ingredients used in the products are generally safe to use. The problem is that it is an extremely expensive task to take care of all these concerns in the same product and also ensure a longer shelf-life. This is why so many skin care products fall short on the ingredients that they offer.
OROGOLD Skin Care Ingredients Guide Part 2 – Categories of skin care ingredients
This section of the OROGOLD Skin Care Ingredients Guide offers you with brief descriptions of some of the main categories of ingredients used in your skin care products.
- Antioxidants – Antioxidants are ingredients that protect your skin from the damage caused by free radicals. Free radical damage is one of the main causes of skin aging and it also leads to several kinds of inflammation. The antioxidants reduce your skin’s exposure to these free radicals.
- Bioactive Agents – Bioactive agents refer to a group of ingredients that affect the biological process. A number of things like hormones and growth factors act as molecular signals that suppress or activate certain biological functions in your cells.
- Binding Agents – Binding agents are ingredients that hold the product together. Emulsifiers are the most important type of binding agents used in skin care products.
- Emulsifiers – Emulsifiers are a blend of oil and water that are usually found in most skin care products. Emulsifiers are substances that prevent the products from separating and stabilize the emulsions.
- Delivery Agents – Delivery agents are ingredients that ensure the effective delivery of other ingredients into your skin cells.
- Emollients – Emollients are ingredients that soften and smooth your skin. Each emollient provides its own texture to your skin.
- Lubricants – Lubricants are ingredients that reduce friction and make the skin feel smoother.
- Humectants – Humectants are ingredients that help the skin to draw out water from the air.
- Preservatives – Preservatives are substances that prevent spoilage by killing the molds, yeast and bacteria to ensure that the product has a longer shelf-life.
- Vitamins, Nutrients – Vitamins and nutrients refer to a diverse group of ingredients that are needed for certain skin cell functions, nutrition and metabolism. Many of these ingredients have proven benefits to offer.
- Vehicle – Vehicle refers to the base that carries active ingredients.
- Solvents – Solvents are substances that dissolve other ingredients. The most common examples of solvents are water and alcohol.
OROGOLD Skin Care Ingredients Guide Part 3 – Understanding the ingredient list
Most skin care products offer you with a complete list of ingredients on their labels. This is because a law known as The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act requires them to mention all ingredients. However, these guidelines also end up making things a bit confusing for general consumers because they require ingredients to be mentioned by their scientific names, something which makes it difficult for a general person to differentiate between ingredients. Moreover, the FDA doesn’t require skin care products to offer distinctions between active and inactive ingredients. This means that all ingredients used in the product are simply listed on the ingredient label. So, the first step that you need to do is to understand if the product contains any active ingredients. There are a number of active ingredients that are commonly used in skin care products.
Once you are satisfied that the product contains active ingredients, you need to satisfy yourself that the ingredient is present in the right amounts. Most skin care products don’t mention the concentration of the ingredients on the label, but they do list the ingredients with the largest concentrations first and move downward, often ending with the basic trace elements. This should give you a general idea about the ingredient concentrations.
The last step of your ingredient list inspection should be to ensure that none of the ingredients mentioned on the product list cause allergic reactions on your skin. If you’re sensitive or allergic to a particular ingredient mentioned on the list, avoid using the product and look for something that doesn’t contain the ingredient in question.
Ultimately, browsing through the ingredient list is all about ensuring that you don’t get swayed by marketing practices and attractive terms. It is all about using your common sense and some basic common sense to determine what’s right for your skin and what’s not.
OROGOLD Skin Care Ingredients Guide Part 4 – The Best Skin Care Ingredients
There are all sorts of ingredients that are being used by brands to attract more customers their way. This has led to the introduction of a number of exotic sounding ingredients that might or might not have any proven studies to back them up. This section of the OROGOLD Skin Care Ingredients Guide helps you to learn what ingredients are the best and most effective for your skin. The right product should always have one or more of the ingredients mentioned here.
- AHAs and BHAs – AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids) help to smooth the skin. AHAs are ideal for people with normal skin, dry skin, or sun damaged skin because they improve the production of collagen and help to even out the skin’s texture. BHAs are ideal for people with normal skin, acne-prone skin or oily skin. They offer similar results as AHAs but suit these skin types more. BHAs also work wonders in reducing Rosacea and redness. The most common AHAs used in skin care products include Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid. The most common BHA used in skin care products is Salicylic Acid.
- Retinol (Vitamin A) – Retinol is one of the most effective anti-aging ingredients in the world with hundreds of studies proving the various benefits that this ingredient has to offer. Retinol makes your skin cells healthier and increases the level of collagen production in your skin. This gives you an improved texture and enhances the barrier function.
- Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) – Ascorbic Acid is known to increase the production of collagen in your skin, minimize the appearance of discolorations, strengthen the barrier response of your skin and offer it with antioxidant protection. Ascorbic Acid also goes a long way in reducing skin inflammation.
- DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol) – DMAE is one of the most talked about ingredients in the world of skin care. It causes the muscles to tighten and contract under your skin. This allows it to prevent drooping and sagging of the muscles which ultimately reduces your wrinkles.
- Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) – Tocopheryl Acetate protects the cell membranes from oxidative damage and also ensures that your skin collagen doesn’t get destroyed. It is extremely powerful when combined with Vitamin C.
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) – Niacinamide increases the free fatty acid and ceramide content in your skin, thereby stimulating microcirculation in the dermis and preventing loss of water content from your skin. Niacinamide is also known to reduce acne issues and lighten your skin discolorations.
- Green Tea – Green Tea is an extremely powerful antioxidant that also reduces cell damage and inflammation and builds the level of collagen in your skin.
- Shea Butter – Shea Butter is a solid fatty oil that is derived from the nuts found in the Karite trees. It is particularly famous for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and skin healing properties.
- Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera, often known as the plant of immortality, is one of the best ways to treat sunburns. It also acts as an excellent moisturizing ingredient and works wonders in treating issues like acne and stretch marks.
- Soy Isoflavones – Soy and its various components are powerful antioxidants that can reduce skin irritation, protect the skin from environmental damage, build up the collagen level and improve the skin’s overall texture.
OROGOLD Skin Care Ingredients Guide Part 5 – Ingredients to avoid
This section of the OROGOLD Skin Care Ingredients Guide helps you find out which ingredients can cause damage to your skin as well as know more about ingredients that are completely redundant.
- Imidazolidinyl Urea/ Diazolidinyl Urea – These ingredients are used as preservatives in skin care products and are known to be a common cause of contact dermatitis.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – This ingredient is commonly used in cleansers and is safe to use for a short period of time. However, using products that contain this ingredient for a long period of time can lead to issues like dry skin, irritation and other types of skin damage.
- Mineral Oil – Petroleum derived hydrocarbons are used in certain skin care products. These ingredients interfere with your normal skin functions and perspiration.
- Synthetic Colors – Whether or not synthetic colors are safe in the long run is still not known. Moreover, these ingredients serve no useful purpose whatsoever. It is always best to avoid these ingredients.
- Ethanolamines – Ethanolamines are commonly used as pH stabilizers and they can end up being toxic or irritating for your skin.
- Parabens – Parabens are used as preservatives to extend the shelf-life of skin care products. These ingredients may release potentially toxic chemicals. Even though the amount of chemical released is not enough to cause skin damage, it is best to avoid such ingredients.
OROGOLD Skin Care Ingredients Guide Part 6 – The Natural Vs Synthetic Ingredient Debate
Many people believe that any natural substance used in skin care products is much more effective than its synthetic competitor. Some also believe that all synthetic chemicals are toxic and that they damage the skin. Brands have been using these beliefs to their advantage by marketing their products as “natural” to keep the myth intact. However, the reality is much more complex.
It might be entirely possible for a synthetic product to be completely safe for your skin as well as more effective than a natural product. According to science, the biological effects of a chemical should be the same, irrespective of whether it has been made in a lab or extracted from a natural source. However, the reality is quite different. Generally, harmful contaminants are mostly found in certain synthetic chemicals, but there are a few natural substances that also cause harm to the skin.
Ultimately, the bottom line is that you need to ensure that you don’t base your judgments on whether a product uses synthetic ingredients or natural ingredients. You should try and decide for each ingredient on a case to case basis. Just because an ingredient is found in nature, it isn’t good for your skin. And just because an ingredient has been made in a lab, it isn’t bad for your skin.