Do you neglect the skincare cream aisle at the supermarket? Are you constantly applying the same skincare moisturizer cream from 5 years ago, just to avoid buying a new one? It’s overwhelming seeing hundreds of the best skin care products to pick from.
To make things simpler I’ve listed 2 ingredients your skin really needs, and 2 ingredients your skin hates.
2 Ingredients Every Skin Care Cream Should Have
Babassu is a natural wax that softens and soothes your skin. It’s vital since it forms a moisture barrier around your skin that holds out dirt and grime, however, it allows the skin valuable ‘breathing’ space.
Vitamin E (in the form of natural alpha-tocopherol)
Vitamin E has a long-proven record of protecting your skin from damaging free radicals that exist in pollution, UV radiation, poor nutrition, and aging. The best form of Vitamin E found in your skincare product should be alpha-tocopherol.
It is at the same time a natural preservative that keeps your skincare moisturizing cream from going bad before you’ve finished using it.
2 Ingredients Your Skin Care Product Should NOT Have
Parabens, (look on the label for methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl parabens)
These chemicals are generally used inexpensive (and cheap) skincare products to give the creams a longer shelf-life. They are extremely cheap and widely available. A bunch of studies has suggested that they could cause cancer (particularly breast cancer) and affect estrogen levels over long periods of time.
Mineral oil, (look for paraffin, paraffin wax, or petrolatum)
This petroleum by-product is very cheap and used by companies to coat the skin and ‘keep in moisture’. However, at the same time it keeps in toxins, causes acne breakouts, and takes away the natural oils that prevent premature aging.
Babassu and Natural Vitamin E are just some of the ingredients. There are a bunch of other ingredients that will bring out the best in your skincare cream. Phytessence Wakame, Maracuja, and Crodamol OP come in mind at the moment. Synthetics not only harm your skin’s health in the long run, but they also are just not as efficient in helping your skin in the long run.