Guest Post by Sophia Smith

How to Be Ingredient-Conscious with Your Beauty Products

 

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There seems to exist an entire universe of articles warning us of the dangers of certain cosmetic product ingredients. The list includes parabens, synthetic colors, phthalates, formaldehyde and many more. While knowing what can harm your skin and steering clear of it is paramount for the health and well-being of your skin, knowing what you SHOULD use is of equal importance. Being ingredient-savvy isn’t only about being in the know about what’s bad, but also what’s highly beneficial for your skin.

To that end, we have created a wonderful list of even more wonderful and, one could say, necessary ingredients that every skin deserves to be slathered with. So, with no further ado, we present you with the must-have ingredients in order to achieve true health and natural skin radiance.

 

AHAs!

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There are tons of reasons to love AHAs (otherwise known as Alpha hydroxy acids). These are natural acids that are extracted from amazing fruits such as lemons and oranges. They have the power to gently exfoliate dead cells, fend off and treat acne, make the skin firmer and smoother, and can also help with older acne scars.

They are a common ingredient of exfoliators and skin serums (which definitely deserve to be a part of your skincare routine). The reason exfoliators that contain AHAs are far better than abrasive and aggressive ones is precisely because they’re gentle, and aggressive exfoliation can lead to redness and inflammation, making it highly counterproductive.

Now, our pick of a natural, cruelty-free exfoliator is the Silk Naturals 8% AHA Toner and as far as serums go, your go-to choice should definitely be Aknari Brightening Youth Serum by Mun.

 

The mighty retinol

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As Elle says, there might not be a magic bullet when it comes to perfecting your skin but retinol comes pretty close. Now, retinol is a vitamin a derivative that fosters collagen production and gives you plump, healthy and radiant skin. It’s mostly present in night creams as collagen production is at its highest during nighttime. Aside from keeping wrinkles away, it helps with dark spots and improves skin texture.

Now, as our goal is turning to the finest natural products, we have narrowed down our choice to Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

 

Zinc Oxide

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Ok, we realise that the name might sound a smidge scary and reminiscent of synthetic ingredients, but this ingredient is actually a natural mineral proven to provide the safest possible (and effective) protection from the dangers of UVA and UVB rays. Therefore, it’s an ingredient you certainly want in your broad-spectrum sunscreen, as well as your makeup (you can never be too protected).

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Now, foundations usually get a bad reputation for clogging the pores and what not, but that won’t be the case if you take the natural route and choose makeup from the mineral family. The mineral cruelty-free brand you’re bound to love is the amazing Nude by Nature. We’re particularly infatuated with their Mineral Mineral Cover. Containing zinc oxide, this product forms a physical barrier on the skin, reflecting the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them, plus it gives the skin a gorgeous airbrushed look. Now, when it comes to this ingredient, it’s very important to mention that it’s nontoxic, so if you have sensitive skin, products with zinc will be your cup of tea.

 

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate

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We are constantly reminded of the importance of vitamin C intake and its benefits to our health. If what’s good for the body is good for the skin, we’re inclined to believe that Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is an essential ingredient in our skincare products. Again, don’t let the name alarm you, this is just a form of vitamin C.

Now, the in order to get the most of this anti-aging and anti-blackheads power tool, look for face washes that contain it, such as Vitamin C with Coq10 Facial Cleanser by Beauty Without Cruelty.

Getting familiar with ingredients that are safe for your skin is not an easy task. It requires plenty of research and dedication. However, if you want to stay on the natural route and treat your skin well, you’ll be happy to walk the extra mile and do your research. Note that all the cosmetic brands and products we recommended are on PETA’s list of approved, vegan and cruelty-free brands, so you know that you and our furry friends are safe.