Your Skin Care Ingredient Dictionary

 In Anti-Aging, General Health

Have you ever wondered why some products work so well, and some just don’t? Most of the time, the answer lies in the list of ingredients. Certain key ingredients show up in products that work well. You just have to know what to look for! Perhaps you’ve heard these ingredient names before but didn’t know what they were or what they were used for. Well here your handy guide to the ingredients that are worth your while. These are the superstars that will help you age more gracefully, look youthful while doing it, and achieve that healthy glow that will make other people ask, “How do you do it?”

Vitamins C, E, and B3 Vitamin C is just an all-around important vitamin for health, both inside and out! When you see Vitamin C in a skin care product, you can bet it’s going to help your skin’s appearance in some way. Vitamin C has been shown to increase collagen production, which helps reduce wrinkles, improves skin discoloration, helps skin repair itself, helps with inflammation, and helps skin’s natural sun defense system. Vitamin E works together with vitamin C to help protect cells from damage and to keep collagen from being destroyed. Products with niacin amide, a component of Vitamin B3, can lighten discolored skin, improve skin’s moisture levels, and stimulates circulation.

Retinol You’ve probably heard the term “retinol” used in skin care commercials or infomercials. This ingredient is a big deal in the anti-aging realm because it helps skin cells make healthier skin cells! Plus, retinol has the ability to help skin increase its collagen production, so skin looks firmer and has a smoother, younger looking texture.

Green Tea It’s not just good to drink! Green tea can be found in many skin care products because of the antioxidants contained within. These green tea antioxidants reduce inflammation, lessen the cell damage caused by sun exposure, and can improve the building of collagen in the skin.

Grape Seed (or Grape Seed Oil) Hate wrinkles? Then Grape seed is your new best friend! Products containing this incredible ingredient can heal wounds, slay wrinkles, and reduce the damage caused by those pesky free radicals. This is one of nature’s biggest antioxidant superstars!

Linolenic Acid This type of fatty acid is good for you. It can actually tell skin cells how to be healthier! Additionally, products containing linolenic acid, or it’s close counterparts linoleic acid and phospholipids, reduce inflammation, preserve skin’s youthful appearance, and replenish the skin’s intracellular structure for better skin health.

Soy Extract There’s oodles of research that show soy is good for skin. Products containing the antioxidants soy extract or soy isoflavones help skin fight damage caused by environmental factors, the sun, and irritating substances. Soy also is a collagen builder and can improve the look and feel of your skin.

Resveratrol Rub on a product that contains this antioxidant and you will see less sun damage and less cell damage. This is because this ingredient, like other antioxidants, offers powerful protective benefits for skin.

The next time you are trying to decide which skin care product is right for you, you’ll be able to glance over this helpful guide to see which ingredients are going to be able to give you the skin care results you are looking for!

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