Facial Cleansers-What you should Know about Ingredients in Face Cleanser
At the end of each day, when your
face is rife with pollutants of all kinds, it’s best to clean up with a
reliable facial cleanser. But with a vast range of facial cleansers in
cosmetics shops, how can you know which one to go with?
One way of finding out is to read
the product label which comprises all the ingredients that go to make up the
product that you’re holding in your hand. If you read the following names,
you’ve got a really good product:
Glycolic Acid: A natural derivative of sugar cane, this is part of
the class of ingredients known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHA. Glycolic Acid is
a natural exfoliator. It removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells that
lie on the skin surface and make room for fresh skin to reach the surface. If
you are looking for anti-aging benefits through Glycolic Acid, you can be sure
of this. It also contributes to discoloring the skin of damage such as sun
spots. You can find Glycolic Acid in different kinds of cleansers such as
moisturizers, eye creams, serums and face peels.
Coenzyme Q10: This ingredient is known for its ability to reverse
the signs of aging by fighting free radicals and reducing the extent of their
skin cell havoc. By choosing this ingredient in your face cleanser, you give
yourself the chance to reverse aging signs, present clean and tight skin and
improve your skin’s look. It also helps expedite cell repair and produces
enough energy to grow and maintain skin cells. It is also an effective
ingredient of face cleansers because it penetrates seven layers of skin to tone
them, freshen them up, smoothen them out and keep them damage-free.
Coenzyme Q10 also stimulates
blood circulation and works as an antioxidant. Each time we are exposed to the
sun, it is eliminated from our skin surface and replaced by environmental pollution.
So, it’s necessary to replenish the skin with this wonderful ingredient every
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8: This ingredient of face cleansers is unique for
being an amino-peptide developed clinically to lower the amount of facial wrinkles
and diminish the premature signs of aging. Just like its cousin Acetyl
Hexapeptide 3, it is economical, a good alternative to injections and surgical
procedures and temporarily restrains an overproduction of neurotransmitters
that control the depth of facial muscle contractions. This action restricts the
development of wrinkles that give one a prematurely old look. When used along
with Acetyl Hexapeptide 3 and 30, Acetyl Hexapeptide 8 lowers the number of
wrinkles and age lines.
When this ingredient is made part
of face creams or wrinkle creams, you get immediate results in terms of reduced
wrinkles because Acetyl Hexapeptide 8 penetrates the skin immediately and gets
down to the work of relaxing the facial muscles. This results in facial
wrinkles and fine lines being immediately reduced.
Other ingredients to look out for
absorbs oil and pulls out dirt from the skin.
Manuka Honey: It is rich in antioxidants and encourages the immune system
to withstand diseases.
Oil: It is absorbed into the skin easily and protects skin cells from
Butter: It is a natural moisturizer.
Ingredients in face cleansers to avoid: Just as there are ingredients
in cleansers that you should look out for, there are harmful ones too that you
should avoid. Some of them are:
Parabens: This ingredient is used as a preservative in all
cosmetics. It comprises Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl, Methyl and Parahydroxybenzoate. Good
facial cleansers will not use Parabens as they are known to lead to breast
cancer and cause harm to the male reproductive system. They also cause skin
rash and allergic reactions in users of these products. Parabens are used in
face and body moisturizers, cleansers and body washes.
Pthalates: This group of ingredients is also known to lead to cancer
and several kinds of health problems in regular users of products that include
Fragrances: Fragrances that are used in face creams or cleansers
are artificial and made of either coal or petroleum or coal which are
bio-degradable and lead to skin irritations. They are made with cheap synthetic
substances with similar fragrance of products that are already in existence.
Other ingredients to avoid: These include triclosan, mineral oil, dioxane,
petrolatum and nitrosamines, apart from any other alcohol-based product which
cause skin irritation. If the product label you’re looking at has any of these
ingredients, drop it and move on to something else.