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All About Skin Care Ingredients

Posted On: - 2009-06-04 05:15:32


Skin care products are comprised of a variety of ingredients. While some target specific problem areas, others work to enhance the overall quality of the skin. Therefore, it is very important for you to have a thorough knowledge about the ingredients if you want to make a wise choice while selecting skin care products for yourself.

Here is a list of common skin ingredients and their potential benefits to the skin.

Vitamin A
The topical form of Vitamin A stimulates collagen production within the skin cells and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It penetrates through the outer layer of the skin and gets absorbed in the lower layers of the skin that comprise of the collagen and elastin fibers. It is also very beneficial for oily and acne prone skin. This is because it has exfoliating properties that scrape off dead skin cells and control the sebum production within. Moreover, it prevents skin cells from sticking together, thus giving an appearance of smaller pores.

Retinol is the purest form of Vitamin A. It is used extensively in anti aging skin care products because of its ability to reduce the appearance of aging signs and refine the skin quality. Regular use of retinol based skin care products makes the skin smooth and soft and even enhances the skin tone.

The only concern with Vitamin A is that it increases the skin's sensitivity to sunlight. Therefore, it is extremely important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen while using Vitamin A based skin care products. Also, pregnant women and nursing mothers should consult a doctor before using these products.

Product Suggestions

NIA 24 Skin Strengthening Complex
It is an amazing skin cream that is neither too light nor too heavy. It contains Vitamin A that improves the skin elasticity and enhances the skin texture. With regular use, there is a visible reduction in wrinkles and fine lines.

iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum

This serum heals the skin and lightens the skin tone. It contains Retinol, Vitamin C and Vitamin E combined with powerful antioxidants and olive leaf extracts that provide anti aging benefits to the skin.

Vitamin C
A powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C is extremely effective as an anti aging ingredient. Topical application of Vitamin C accelerates the production of collagen (that can deplete as a result of aging and prolonged sun exposure) and protects the skin against wrinkles and fine lines. In fact, Vitamin C has also been proven to inhibit melanin production within the skin cells and thus promoting a brighter complexion.

Product Suggestions

iS Clinical Super Serum

It contains 15 % Vitamin C that prevents any signs of premature aging and reduces scars left behind by acne and blemishes. It improves the skin texture and lightens the skin tone.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects the cells membranes by eliminating free radicals that are responsible for premature aging of the skin and causing damage to skin cells. Moreover, it acts as an effective natural moisturizer.

Product Suggestions

Nia 24 Sun Damage Prevention SPF 30
It is a superb sunscreen lotion that not only prevents sun damage but also heals the skin. It contains Vitamin E that repairs the skin and protects it against potential stressors.

Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is found within the lower skin layers. It is responsible for keeping the skin smooth and plump. However, with age, the levels of hyaluronic acid begin to deplete and its natural production slows down. Topical application of hyaluronic acid moisturizes the skin and makes it smooth and supple again.

Peptides
Collagen breakdown within the skin leads to the formation of peptides. Topical application of peptides stimulates the production of collagen fibers within the skin cells which makes the skin more firm and toned.

Product Suggestions

NIA 24 Intensive Recovery Complex
It is a rich cream that provides intensive moisture to the skin and helps activate its regenerative powers. It contains a potent blend of ceramides, liposomes and peptides that make the skin firmer.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Alpha hydroxy acids are known for their exfoliating properties. They scrape off old and dead skin cells from the skin surface and encourage new fresh cells to appear from underneath. Some of the most popular forms of AHAs are glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid and citric acid.

Another close cousin of AHAs are BHAs i.e. beta hydroxy acids. Salicylic acid is the most popular form of BHAs and is extensively used in acne skin care products and acne treatments. It controls the natural sebum production within the skin cells and heals acne inflammations and blemishes.

Dr. Marilynn Syrett is a graduate from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific. She has a keen interest in studying the use and effectiveness of anti-aging skin products and acne treatments.