After explaining some important groups of ingredients in our article “Let’s Talk Skin Care Ingredients”, we take it a step further in this article in which we talk about active ingredients. You’ve probably came across the term ‘active’ while reading about skincare products, but what exactly does it mean? Active ingredients are the ingredients in your skincare products that are responsible for addressing the skin concern the product claims to target. Simply put: if you have a product that helps to fortify the skin’s barrier, the active ingredient is the ingredient that actually fortifies the skin’s barrier. This article explains the primary actives in our products, what they can do for your skin and why you need them in your skin care products.
Retinyl Palmitate is the major form of Vitamin A found naturally in our skin. This ingredient stimulates cellular turnover which in turn improves skin texture and tone, reduces skin roughness as well as fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to these benefits, Vitamin A can also help to prevent and treat inflammatory acne breakouts and scarring. This star ingredient can be found in one of our favourite products - Sans [Ceuticals] Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil.
Niacinamide, or nicotinamide, is the active form of Vitamin B3, which has multiple benefits when applied to the skin. Besides its antioxidant activity, Niacinamide is excellent at reducing skin inflammation and pigmentation, as well as strengthening and repairing the all-important skin barrier. The use of Niacinamide in skin care products has also been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Want to find out what this multitasking active ingredient can do for your skin? Try it out in the Sans [Ceuticals] Cellular Repair Body + Face Lotion & Barrier Restore Butter.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that comes in many forms due to its extreme instability, meaning that it breaks down rapidly with exposure to air or water. Due to its instability, it’s difficult to deliver Vitamin C into the skin in the optimal dosage. There are many vitamin C derivates (such as ascorbic acid) used in skincare products, while the only Vitamin C that actually provides the desired benefits is natural Vitamin C. Therefore, a lot of research has been done to find stable forms of Vitamin C and effective methods of delivery of Vitamin C into the skin.
Biologi is the first in the world to create a technology that yields natural Vitamin C. Their unique extraction method makes use of a plant’s internal process to deliver a 100% active stable serum. Products with active, stable Vitamin C can offer a brightened complexion, with increased elasticity and firmness. Our top recommendation for skin care products including natural and stable Vitamin C are:
+ Biologi The Bk Vitamin C Face & Eye Serum
High levels of active, stable vitamin C are extracted from the Kakadu Plum. It diminishes fine lines, pigmentation and redness.
+ Biologi Bf – Hydration Face & Body Serum
This multi-use serum contains active, stable vitamin C extracted from Finger Lime and is the ideal serum for anyone with sensitive, dry and irritated skin.
Take a look at our article “Biologi – A New Revolution In Natural Beauty” to read more about this.
These Acids are the building blocks of peptides (short chains of Amino Acids) and proteins (long chains of Amino Acids) and have been used in skin care & cosmetics for many decades. There are around 35 natural Amino Acids that are the building blocks of peptides & proteins, and the sequence in which they are combined together determines which is built and how it functions. Each Amino Acid is responsible for a specific function in skin care and combined together, they have the power to be your skin hero! Amino Acids increase hydration, plump the skin, reduce inflammation, redness and irritation, promote cellular repair and diminish fine lines.
Our favourite skin heroes containing natural Amino Acids:
+ Edible Beauty – Deep Sea Collagen Elixir
+ Biologi Bm – Regenerate Serum
+ Biologi Bc – Refresh Cleanser
These products with active ingredients will definitely make a difference to the condition of your skin. Enjoy the skin care journey to a healthy and glowing complexion!
Explore the complete natural & active Skin Care collection at Nourished.
This article was written by guest contributor Dr Coco Dekkers. Coco lives in Amsterdam and is a PhD medicine - dermatology student.
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