I have noticed when my skincare clients discuss their concerns with me, they are often frustrated because they are experiencing a particular issue (such as acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, etc), and they don’t know what to look for in a product that will help them specifically. You probably don’t think twice about reviewing nutrition labels at the supermarket before buying food items and the same should go for your skincare products. It’s important to become aware of what ingredients are beneficial for your skin concerns. Here are some key ingredients to look for in your skincare products as well as what to avoid:
Oily/Acneic Skin-If you’re battling breakouts look for these active ingredients: salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid), benzoyle peroxide (introduces oxygen to pores), tea tree oil (natural essential healing oil). These are acne fighting ingredients that you want to look for in your cleanser and exfoliants. Try Image Skincare Clear Cell products
Sensitive Skin-If you have sensitive skin or rosacea you want to look for products that have soothing essential oils, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories such as aloe, chamomile, green tea, and calendula. Try Image Skincare Ormedic products
Dry/Ageing Skin-If you have dry/ageing skin you want to use products that have hydrating vitamins such as Vitamins A, C, E; Hyaluronic Acid (holds 1,000x water) and Resveratrol (grape seed extract, powerful antioxidant). Try Image Skincare Vital C products.
Ingredients to avoid: Synthetic Fragrance (can cause irritation and hyperpigmentation.), Parabens (antimicrobial chemicals have hormone disrupting effects), Urea (primary cause of contact dermatitis), synthetic colors (made from coal tar, may deposit toxins onto the skin).
Keep in mind that many of these ingredients to avoid are not exclusive to cheaper, drugstore brands. They are often found in expensive brands as well. So, before you purchase a new skincare product, be sure to browse the ingredient label on the back. If you want to see genuine results in the overall health of your skin you need to take the time to educate yourself on what ingredients will work best for your skin type and condition.