Hey there internet peeps. Y’all know I love good skincare. Any product that helps my skin stay clear, fix its texture and hydrates it usually has me singing. But do we ever actually look at the ingredients that make a good skincare product good or do we follow the words of a beauty blogger with a similar skin type without fail?
Well since discovering some pretty awesome products and learning more about the ingredients that have made them awesome. I figured why not tell you peeps about it? Cool? Cool.
Let me tell you a bit about my skin so you guys who are similar to me can pay particular attention. Firstly my skin is dry, not dry that it flakes but it can feel pretty dry to the touch and a bit tight which also means it is dehydrated. So by not taking proper precautions to keep it soft and hydrated wearing makeup can look pretty awful when you have lizard skin. It’s texture is a bit funny while feeling smooth and soft it can sometimes look ‘bumpy’ underneath foundation but good skincare has helped improve this. Funny enough though my nose is very oily and my forehead and chin get shiny, so it’s on the combination side of things as well. My skin is also blemish prone, usually in the same areas, predominantly the sides of my chin, my jaw line and a little on my cheeks which is not fun. It’s also not crazy sensitive but every now and then a skincare product can decide to not agree with my skin and break me out. In fact I now avoid garnier skincare because it always seems to break me out.
Okay now I shall begin yapping on about particular ingredients that really make skincare products magical.
This particular gem you should look out for in both makeup and skincare. In a nut shell, it draws in moisture. So by applying a product with this ingredient onto your face, then slapping on moisture it will draw in all the hydration from said moisture and allow your skin to hold onto it much longer and hence leaving your skin supple and soft for longer than if you were to apply your moisturizer without glycerol. This product is awesome at making your skin absorb all the moisturing benefits of a moisturizer which is a dream for every girl with dry/dehydrated skin. Typically you would want your serum to possess this ingredient as that type of product is designed to be worn underneath your moisturizer. You could by this ingredient separately, some natural stores may have it and you can mix it with your moisturizer. Your moisturizer itself can also possess it if you want a double whammy!
Makeup wise glycerol obviously does the same thing BUT it helps your makeup last much longer as this ingredient in a primer / setting spray / foundation or all of the above helps your foundation stick to your skin. It isn’t as uncomfortable as it sounds. So those who have dry/dehydrated skin can still attain a long lasting base without wearing a drying foundation.
Honey /Manuka honey
This is pretty much a no brainer, it makes your skin soft. You can use this if you are making an ‘at home’ face mask. Look for it if you are on the lookout for a nice hydrating face mask in store. It’s a common ingredient used in face masks to achieve softer skin. This allows your skin to feel more soft as opposed to straight up hydrating it. This is quite easy to purchase in its actual form and make a nice face mask at home, you could even mix a bit of yogurt in it. Also dubs as a good ingredient for a hair mask.
Similar to glycerol the idea of this ingredient is that it helps your skin lock in moisture and hydration. I mean you can get the fanciest moisturizer on the market but it doesn’t contain either of these ingredients or you don’t apply this or glycerol underneath it, your skin won’t stay hydrated all day. I’ve noticed the more expensive products contain this ingredient so glycerol is the good option if you are looking for something more affordable. This ingredient also exists in makeup, in fact the brand ByTerry have an entire range focusing around this particular ingredient so if you are willing to spend the dough, check that out. Hydralon is the affordable ish option if you want to use a product with this ingredient but not sell your soul. That product is more affordable in the UK and US but true to form us Australians pay twice the money.
Rose hip oil
This is such an awesome ingredient if you suffer from extremely dry and flakey skin! Now I don’t suffer from much flakeyness so I don’t use this on the daily more so in the winter months BUT this is such a great product to soften your skin and leave it supple as a baby’s butt. Even those with oiler skin types can use this as it’s a dry oiler so it won’t make the situation worse for you. You can buy it as an oil or even pick up products that contain this. This ingredient isn’t just handy for the face but for the body as well. Hand creams, body lotions, this is so awesome at treating flakey skin or dry patches. You can even mix it with your existing moisturizer if you purchase it in oil form.
Last but definitely not least I thought I’d go with a no brainer. This stuff is amazing for the hair, the body, skin and being a completely natural and pure ingredient you can even take it internally or mix it in your smoothies. There isn’t a product this can’t fix. The smell does tend to linger which if you are a fan of the coconut scent great, but I usually mix it with a moisturizer or body lotion. Instead of applying it directly to my face and skin; I love it as a hair mask because it leaves your skin super soft and shiny. Btdubs also handy when you’re shaving your legs.
And that’s a wrap peeps. What ingredients do you look for in products that change your skin? Are you a fan of any of these products? Let me know in the comments below. I’ll see you in the next post.