Safe ingredients for a safe beauty kit

Find out why you need them in your beauty products

By Author  |  Published: 12th Jun 2019  7:32 pm
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It is always important to see what ingredients beauty products contain before you apply them on yourself. Always look for antioxidants and paraben-free products to keep your skin healthy and glowing always, say experts. Chiranjiv Chhabra, director and consultant dermatologist at Skin Alive and Pankaj Chaturvedi, MD, consultant dermatologist and specialist hair Transplant surgeon, MedLinks have suggested ingredients to look for in beauty products.

Antioxidants

It is highly recommended to use products with antioxidants as they protect skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells. They repair skin damage and also slow down signs of ageing.

Paraben free

Parabens are common cosmetic ingredients that cause a reduction in collagen, a protein that makes up a good portion of our connective tissue and bring out a youthful and healthier skin.

Sulphates

Sulphates are detergents that have the ability to take away the skin’s natural oil balance. Hair and skin products that contain sulphates can be harsh resulting in dryness and irritation, hence they must be avoided.

Retinol

It is derived from Vitamin A and has anti-ageing benefits for the skin as it can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also refine the surface of the skin and bring out a smooth texture.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally produced in our skin and its concentration constantly decreases as we age. HA holds the water in the skin, keeps it soft, hydrated and plump. As we age, due to reduced HA, skin becomes dry, lustreless and wrinkled. Skincare products containing HA are often used with vitamin C for better results.

Vitamin C

Topical application of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) appears to be an effective route for delivering ascorbic acid to the skin because ascorbic acid appears to be taken up readily as an acidic pH.