What are active ingredients in skincare?
Often, we see or hear the term "active ingredients", but what does that mean? I am going to break down the meaning of active and inactive ingredients for you.
Have you have ever looked at the label on your skincare or cosmetic products? If you had, you probably would have noticed that the ingredients list is sometimes divided into two categories: Active and Inactive.
Active ingredients are the ingredients contained within skincare products that address the skin concern the product is meant to target. That's not to say that the other ingredients (the inactive ingredients) are useless; they're often vital to helping the active ingredient perform its role. For instance, if you're looking for a product to help treat acne, you look on the back of the bottle, it might say Salicylic Acid as the main "acne-fighting" ingredient.
Proven by Research
An active ingredient has been proven by research to change the skin somehow; it's an ingredient that has science behind it. Active ingredients are the ingredients that make a skincare product effective.
There can be side effects to overusing potent ingredients like these on your face, though- so it is essential to know when too much of a specific product could begin to damage your skin rather than help it. Active ingredients can be found in prescription and over-the-counter skincare products. Prescription skincare products contain higher concentrations of the Active ingredients.
If you need a higher percentage of the Active ingredient, speak with your physician before making any changes. Remember, using high percentages of Active ingredients on your skin could end up making things worse.
Having sensitive and reactive skin, I know that I have to be very careful with what ingredients and their percentage that I use on my skin. My goal with Beautiful by Storm was to combine the perfect amount of active ingredients with inactive ingredients that soothe and protect your skin—specifically formulated to be gentle enough for sensitive skin while still being powerful enough to create results.
Our main active ingredients are:
Vitamin C – which helps protect against harmful free radicals by neutralizing them. The most notable and famous benefit of vitamin C is its ability to brighten your face and remove discoloration. Vitamin C's antioxidant properties work to even your skin tone while leaving you with a radiant glow.
Hyaluronic Acid – which helps reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, retaining moisture to the skin, creating a plumping effect.
Vitamin A (Retinol) - which is a critical ingredient in many skincare products. The benefits of retinol include fighting acne, reducing wrinkles and dark spots, and helping to brighten dull skin. Retinoids reduce fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen.
Ceramides - the skin's natural moisturizer, aid in preserving the skin by creating a protective layer that helps prevent moisture loss and shields the skin from environmental aggressors. They play an essential role in keeping dryness, dehydration, and premature signs of aging at bay.
Vitamin E - levels are often depleted because of sun exposure and other environmental irritants. Vitamin E has antioxidant properties that help protect against and limit damage from harmful free radicals. Vitamin E is used to stabilize otherwise volatile ingredients such as vitamin C.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) is primarily used to exfoliate your skin, removing dead skin to make way for new skin cell generation. AHA also has antimicrobial properties- and can help prevent acne breakouts.
As you select and introduce new ingredients to your skin, you will want to go slow so you can monitor your skin's reaction for adverse reactions.
Still not sure what is suitable for your skin? Reach out to me, and I'll guide you to the perfect product for you.