If you care about what you put in your body, then chances are you’ve read the ingredients in the food you eat. Unfortunately, a look at a list of ingredients doesn’t always truly explain what’s inside the item. This is because modern products include many ingredients with highly scientific names. Ingredients like acids, peptides, and ethanols that you would never use on their own but may find yourself regularly using as part of a larger mixture. To help you get an idea about what’s in your skin care products we’re going to look at some often used but little-understood ingredients.
The name alpha-hydroxy acid actually refers to an array of different acids that all fall within a family of chemicals with similar properties. These chemicals are just about omnipresent in the skincare world due to their wide range of abilities. They dissolve lines, erase spots, and in some cases can even decrease the size of pores. Alpha-hydroxy acids tend to be very potent, which is why you should try and avoid using anything with a concentration of more than 15% alpha-hydroxy acid. When it comes to this acid a little bit goes a long way.
This is one of the more recently discovered ingredients on our list, and it’s also one of the most powerful. It has many unique effects because of the fact that it dissolves in both water and oil, so it can work its way into just about every part of the human body. It sinks in deep and acts as an antioxidant. Using alpha-lipoic acid can help your skin shine while erasing lines, giving it a powerful one-two punch.
This is a name you might know since it actually refers to a simple plant extract. This chemical is famous for its antioxidant qualities. It’s also very soothing, so aloe vera will often be mixed in with other ingredients to make skin care products feel better on the skin. You can also use it to help with inflamed, burnt, or otherwise damaged skin.
Another relatively new ingredient, copper peptide has only been commercially available to the general public for around 20 years. In just over two decades it has taken the skincare world by storm by helping people naturally regenerate their skin. This makes it one of the most potent products available for countering the aging process and achieving clearer, smoother, and more elastic skin even as you age.
This fishy ingredient is famous because it naturally arises in fish and the human brain, which is why they say eating fish can help your brain. It also turns out that this ingredient can help smooth out your skin, downplaying wrinkles and erasing other lines.