When looking on the back of skincare products, the ingredients are often the last thing I look at as I have absolutely no idea what ‘sucrose stearate’ is, (FYI, I looked it up, it’s a natural substance found in fruit and veg which is used in skincare as an emollient which softens and smooth’s skin, so now we all know!) I just trust the tag line of the product ensuring that it will help my skin. However, maybe I should be paying closer attention to some of the ingredients so I know what I am actually putting on my face.
There are no restrictions on companies for using terms such as ‘noncomedogenic’ or ‘hypoallergenic’ on products. You should also be wary of products which claim that they are ‘oil free’ as whilst they might not contain oil they might contain other pore-clogging ingredients. So it is definitely worthwhile checking out what’s in the products that you buy to make sure that you are using the right stuff for you!
When looking on the back of products you need to be looking at what is at the top of the lists. This is where the ingredients with the highest concentration are, so the important things that you will be looking for need to be up there.
Here are just some of the ingredients that you should be looking for in your skincare products.
This is one of the first things you should be looking for, it should definitely be the top ingredient in any product. Then also high up on your list of things to look for should be Glycerine which should only be one or two behind water. This ingredient is what you need for hydrated skin which is the primary concern for your face. You need your skin to be hydrated in order for it to be healthy!
Tula Probiotic Skin Care Aqua infuse, £29.00, buy here
Probably the most important vitamin you should be looking for in your skincare! There are two types that you need to be looking out for:
- Ascorbic Acid: This is the highest level of the vitamin that you can get which won’t cause redness. It really is a power ingredient for your skin! It helps with pigmentation, collagen production and it fights inflammation. This is what gives your skin its healthy glow.
- Ascorbyl Palmitate: This is a gentler form of vitamin C which is considered more stable as it doesn’t need preservatives to keep it active
TruSkin Natural Vitamin C Serum for Face, £31.00, buy here
Other Important Vitamins
Equally important vitamins you need to look out for to keep your skin healthy are A and E.
Vitamin A is often called Retinol in skincare products. It’s great if you’re looking for something that is going to help reduce signs of aging as it rejuvenates your skin by speeding up cell turnover which leaves you looking brighter and more youthful.
Vitamin E also known as Tocopheral or Tocopheryl acetate is anti-oxidising and skin conditioning. It also helps to prevent signs of premature aging.
Retinol Serum with 2.5% Hylaluronic, £19.95, buy here
This is what to look for if you have acne prone skin. It unclogs pores and has anti-inflammatory properties which will reduce the redness of any spots. Although it is good for helping clear up any blemishes it can be quite drying on your skin.
BeBarefaced Natural Anti Blemish Tea Tree and Salicylic Acid (BHA) Exfoliating Face Wash, £13.99, buy here
This is a form of hyaluronic acid that is naturally found in our skin. When in skincare products it is effective at pluming up any lines.
SkinPep Hydra Boost – Hyaluronic Acid Serum, £13.49 buy here
These are just a few of the things to keep an eye out for when choosing which skincare products to buy. Take care of your skin by giving it the ingredients it needs to stay healthy.