We all want youthful looking skin. How do we know which skincare is right for you.
The good news is that we are spoilt for choices when it comes to skincare. There is almost endless amounts of products to choose from.
When I was younger, I would often go up to beauty counters and try almost every brand named skincare that was out there. I spent thousands of dollars trying to find the perfect eye cream, or the perfect face cream that was just right for me. Having sensitive skin, I would often react to certain ingredients in the creams. It was hard to understand why as I wasn’t sure how to read the ingredients list.
Fast forward many years later, with a degree in pharmacy and research knowledge from pharmaceutical, I have now armed myself with a useful tool of knowing how to research which ingredients are right for my skin.
Is natural skincare better for you?
As we consumers become more educated, we realise that there are many added ingredients in our skincare which we aren’t comfortable using knowing it’s not good for our health. Hence the popularity in natural skincare has grown significantly particularly in recent years.
Natural skincare is better in that it uses natural alternatives and doesn’t contain a lot of the harmful chemicals we see in the big brand named skincare. They often have a lot more antioxidants which are great in preventing free radical damage to the skin. The down side is that you may still react to natural skincare. The truth is you can react to any skincare. If you do have sensitive skin, go for a skincare range that has less ingredients in it. This way, you limit the likelihood of reacting to something in the creams.
Having hunted high and low and researched skincare for a long time, I found that natural skincare often excluded the researched active ingredients that are safe and effective but may not be in the natural ingredients category. This meant that I wasn’t terribly confident that the product would work well to prevent wrinkles because the actives had no evidence based information.
Best type of skincare is one that combines both worlds. One that uses the bases and extracts of natural ingredients combined with actives that may not be natural but have proven to be safe and effective for use.
At the end of the day, the question is which skincare is best for me in the long term? The most logical answer would be one that keeps my skin from aging and at the same time doesn’t cause any long term damage to my body.
What ingredients to look for if I wanted to brighten my skin?
Antioxidants. Vitamins A, C, E and botanicals which have natural antioxidants. Antioxidants have the benefit of protecting your skin from the sun’s free radical damage. This means less stress and break down to the skin cells. They will also protect your skin and help reduce production of pigmentations. Antioxidants in skincare will not immediately brighten your skin. How it does it is by protecting your skin from free radicals daily. Results with antioxidants will take at least 2-4 weeks to be noticeable.
Always use a sunscreen to help protect your skin from the sun. This is your best weapon if you want to keep your skin looking youthful.
Bayeco Green tea face serum contains Superox C extracted from kakadu plum to help brighten complexion. Kakadu Plum is naturally high in Vitamic C and polyphenols. Topical antioxidants have been shown to boosts skin defences against free radicals reducing stress to the skin.
What ingredients to look for to reduce wrinkles?
Anti wrinkle creams depends on the active ingredients in addition to the emollients used in the creams. Here are a list of common ingredients which have been proven to be effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
- Vitamin C. Potent antioxidant, vitamin C may help protect skin from sun damage. Skincare containing vitamin C must be stored in a way that protects them from air and sunlight.
- Coenzyme Q10.This ingredient may help reduce fine wrinkles around the eyes and protect the skin from sun damage.
- This ingredient has been used in products for wound healing, stretch marks and now wrinkles. There are many types of peptides available. Each peptide are slightly different in their function but essentially protects your skin against wrinkles. Read this article (hyperlink) to learn more about peptides.
- Tea extracts.Green, black and oolong tea contain compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea extracts are the ones most commonly found in wrinkle creams. There are many published journal articles examining the use of green tea in skincare.
- Grape seed extract.In addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, grape seed extract promotes wound healing.
- A potent antioxidant, this substance is related to vitamin B3. It helps reduce water loss in the skin and may improve skin elasticity, blotchiness and evening skin tone.
- Retinol is a vitamin A compound, the first antioxidant to be widely used in nonprescription wrinkle creams. Antioxidants are substances that neutralize free radicals
- Hydroxy acids.Alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids (salicylic acid) and poly hydroxy acids are exfoliants. It removes the upper layer of skin and helps stimulate growth. If you have sensitive skin, then this may not be the best option for you.
- Another potent antioxidant with anti ageing benefits.