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Part Two of our A-Z of Skincare Ingredients

by Caroline Camber

Understanding the ingredients on your labels can empower you to make informed decisions about what you choose to put on your body.

This month, we continue our A-Z journey through the world of skincare ingredients. Today, we take a look at the letters F through to N.

Stability and Efficacy

F is for Ferulic Acid:

This potent plant-based antioxidant works with other antioxidants like Vitamin C and E to enhance their stability and efficacy. Ferulic Acid helps to neutralise harmful free radicals, reduce signs of ageing, and protect the skin from environmental stressors.

G is for Glycerin:

A natural humectant, glycerin helps to hydrate and maintain the skin’s moisture barrier. It’s a common ingredient in skincare products, including lotions, creams, and cleansers.

H is for Hyaluronic Acid:

Known for its incredible ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s skin-plumping and moisturising benefits make it a key component in many moisturisers, serums, and masks.

I is for Isopropyl Palmitate:

Derived from palm oil, isopropyl palmitate acts as an emollient, softening the skin and making it feel smoother. However, it’s worth noting that those with acne-prone skin should use it cautiously, as it can clog pores in some cases.

It is also worth considering the implications of palm oil use from an environmental and ecological point of view, as it is widely linked to rainforest deforestation. If you decide to use palm oilbased ingredients, ensure they are Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil certified, which is helping to transform this huge and largely unethical industry.

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Hydration Hero

J is for Jojoba Oil:

Jojoba oil is a hydration hero that mimics the skin’s natural oils and deeply penetrates the skin, providing long-lasting moisture without leaving a greasy residue. It’s also known for helping balance oil production, making it a versatile ingredient suitable for all skin types.

K is for Kaolin Clay:

Ideal for oily and acne-prone skin, Kaolin clay gently exfoliates and cleanses, removing impurities and absorbing excess oil. Its soothing properties also make it a great choice for sensitive skin, calming irritation and redness.

L represents Lactic Acid:

A type of alpha hydroxy acid. Lactic acid exfoliates the skin by loosening the bonds between dead skin cells, giving a brighter, more even complexion. It also improves skin texture and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

M is for Matrixyl:

Matrixyl is a synthetic pentapeptide that targets ageing by stimulating collagen production and repairing the skin. It also helps with lines, promoting a more youthful, radiant complexion.

N is for Niacinamide:

Also known as Vitamin B3, Niacinamide is a powerhouse ingredient that improves the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, and dullness. It also strengthens the skin’s barrier function and reduces inflammation.

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