Skin Care Ingredients, Explained

Have you ever looked at a skin care product and wondered what the sophisticated ingredients are? Well, we’re here to spill the beans! While many of them sound very complicated, they’re actually good for you so the next time you’re in the beauty aisle, look for these ingredients.

Retinyl Palmitate

This is a type of Vitamin A which is an excellent antioxidant that creates a cellular turnover and slows the breakdown of collagen. When you’re looking to combat wrinkles and fine lines, retinyl palmitate is what you want. Vitamin A also comes in a varying of strengths so you might want to consider getting a product that includes retinoic acid or retinol.

Ascorbyl Palmitate

This is Vitamin C, and it is responsible for regeneration of the skin for brightening effects. When you see this labeled first on the ingredients, use it during the night.

Tocopherol

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which prevents signs of aging and dryness. If you have scars and stretch marks, this is the perfect ingredient for you too.

Sodium Hyaluronate

Interestingly, this can hold the weight of water by 1,000 times which makes it a very popular ingredient for moisturizers. What is it? Hyaluronic Acid! When applied, this can hydrate your skin, giving you a plumped look and can minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

Camellia Sinensis Extract

This green tea extract is calming to the skin. It is also antioxidant-rich that reduces effects caused by the sun.

Hamamelis Virginiana Extract

With gentle Witch Hazel Extracts, you can absorb excess oil, soothe the skin, and tighten pores.

Dimethicone

The silicone-based polymer is used for superslick primers. It works by filling enlarged wrinkles and pores so that your foundation and easily glide to the skin. Because of this, it results in an airbrushed effect.