How many times have you read about or heard ‘buzz’ words in skincare and wondered “what does that even mean?”
Beauty editors love to spruik the benefits of certain ingredients and so-called ‘miracle solutions’. It’s easy to take this on face value and search the shelves for products that contain these ingredients, but have you thought about what they actually are and how they can benefit your skin?
What are the benefits?
We’ve selected a few of these ingredients to take a closer look at what they are and
what they actually do for our skin.
AHAs – alpha hydroxy acids are water-soluble naturally-occurring substances found in fruits, sugar cane and sour milk. Glycolic acid is an example of an AHA. They help to exfoliate the skin, which assists in repairing aging and sun-damaged skin. They can also help with discolouration of the skin and age spots while helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
BHAs – beta hydroxy acids are known as salicylic acid. They are oil-soluble, which means they can cut through the skin’s oil and get deeper into the pores. This is great news for those prone to acne and blocked pores.
Retinol – often championed for its ability to fight the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, retinol is a pure form of vitamin A. It’s a potent ingredient, which helps to resurface and rejuvenate the skin, making it appear more youthful. Check out our retinol-infused Antioxidant Night Restoring Cream and Antioxidant Daily Renewal Cream.
Coenzyme Q10 – this is a naturally-occurring vitamin found in the cells of the body and is used to produce energy. It’s also an antioxidant that protects the body from harmful molecules. As we age, our levels of coenzyme Q10 naturally decrease, so when used in skincare, it can help promote youthful skin by improving cell regeneration and energy production.
Antioxidants – from skincare to ‘superfoods’, the word antioxidant is seemingly used everywhere that promotes healthy living these days. Simply put, antioxidants are molecules that protect skin by limiting its exposure to harmful substances that can damage our skin cells. Antioxidants can assist in anti-inflammation, skin firming, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, can help with the treatment of scars and repair sun damage. Our anti ageing products contain anti oxidants designed to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles Antioxidant Night Restoring Cream and Antioxidant Daily Renewal Cream.
Green tea – a potent source of antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids and vitamins, the benefits of drinking green tea have been highlighted in recent years, but topical . application can improve complexion, reduce puffy eyes and dark circles, fight signs of aging, treat acne and tone the skin. Green tea can be found in most of Blessed by Nature’s products - so much more than just a healthy cuppa!