Miracle Skin Care Ingredients: Do they exist?
Every year the beauty industry promotes new miracle skin care ingredients. From dull skin to wrinkles and even uneven skin tones, there is a miracle ingredient to help. Beauty brands would have you believe that one key ingredient can do anything. But in reality one ingredient can’t do all of that. Here at Ego we don’t believe in one ingredient that can fix any problem. It takes a well-formulated blend of ingredients and a consistent skincare routine to combat common skin concerns.
Skin Miracle Ingredients Breakdown
Here’s a breakdown of some of the most commonly touted “miracle skin care ingredients” and how they can help you when used appropriately in quality, dermatologically tested products.
AHA’s, or alpha hydroxy acids, act as chemical exfoliants, and help remove dead skin cells to reveal soft and glowing skin. As skin ages its natural exfoliation process begins to slow which may leave a build up of dead skin cells which can contribute to dull looking skin. Consistent use of AHA’s can leave skin feeling softer, more supple, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide, is a versatile ingredient. It can help improve skin tone, reduce the appearances of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation and help reduce the chance of skin sensitivity. This nutrient is commonly found in anti-ageing and brightening products as well as night creams because of its ability to target several cosmetic skin concerns at once.
This Vitamin is an anti-oxidant, commonly found in skincare products. It can be used to reduce the appearance of pigmentation, as well as being a moisturising ingredient. It is often promoted as a way to reduce the appearance of scarring, however, these claims hold little weight, as they have not been verified in clinical trials.
Oat Kernel Extract
Oat kernel extract (Avena Sativa) is an oatmeal extract, which has a soothing effect on skin. It is often used in lotions marketed for sensitive skin.
Safflower Seed Oil
Safflower Seed Oil is a light oil, rich in unsaturated fatty acids and effective as a moisturiser. It has high levels of linoleic acid, commonly used in beauty products to fight the signs of dry skin.
The current “it” ingredient, vitamin C comes in many forms and is said to soothe skin1, help fight visible signs of ageing, and brighten the complexion. It’s particularly important to choose quality formulations when using vitamin C containing products2 as some forms of vitamin C can be difficult to work with and must be stored away from air and light as they are prone to destabilising.
A staple in natural beauty routines, witch hazel is an astringent, which tones the skin and provides a cooling effect.
Despite the drying sound of the name, Hyaluronic acid is able to draw and hold large amounts of moisture3, which causes the skin to appear more plump4. Hyaluronic acid is also said to improve skin elasticity.
Can they be considered miracle skin care ingredients?
As effective as the above skin care ingredients may be, there is no one miracle ingredient. In order for a product to reach maximum efficacy it needs to be combined with other key ingredients that work alongside each other to accomplish your skincare goals. A quality product will include a well balanced mix of ingredients to help address several skin concerns at once and will be delivered in a way that allows easy application to the skin.
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Segall A, Moyano M. Stability of vitamin C derivatives in topical formulations containing lipoic acid, vitamins A and E. International Journal of Cosmetic Science [Internet]. 2008 [cited 10 July 2017];30(6):453-458. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19099546
Price R. Perspectives in the selection of hyaluronic acid fillers for facial wrinkles and aging skin. Patient Preference and Adherence [Internet]. 2009 [cited 10 July 2017];:225. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2778417/
Nobile V, Buonocore D, Michelotti A, Marzatico F. Anti-aging and filling efficacy of six types hyaluronic acid based dermo-cosmetic treatment: double blind, randomized clinical trial of efficacy and safety. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology [Internet]. 2014 [cited 10 July 2017];13(4):277-287. Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jocd.12120/full
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