Labels on your beauty products can be pretty confusing. You probably don’t even recognize half the stuff that’s on there.
A lot of the time, we blindly trust brands as they offer creams and serums with anti-aging properties. The products themselves are certainly effective, but wouldn’t it be better to learn what specifically in the formula is responsible for erasing those fine lines and minimizing your pores?
To make sure your skin care routine is filled the best products out there, these are the ingredients to look out for when deciding between anti-aging moisturizers, toners and beyond.
You might have heard that B vitamins are very helpful in maintaining your skin’s glow and appearance. While that is true, dermatologists explain that only some forms can be absorbed through the skin, while the rest are absorbed in the small intestine, so you’re better off eating more leafy greens. The vitamin you should be looking out for is C, as it can be absorbed by your skin. Vitamin C is included in products like our AHA Mimi Body Serum as it provides protection against free radicals (from UV light) that speed up signs of aging. Not only is vitamin C an antioxidant, but it also plays a big role in collagen production and normal cell growth, thereby helping repair and firm up your skin.
Retinol and Retinoids
Retinol is an ultimate power player in the anti-aging world. Pretty much any aging related skin ailment can be treated by retinol, from sun spots, wrinkles, sagging skin, and much more. What it does is speeds up cell turnover and stimulate cellular repair in your deepest layer of your skin, therefore boosting collagen and elastin. If there was one ingredient that’s sort of a cure-all, it’s this one.
For those who are allergic to retinol and other retinoids, look for products with copper. Though it does seem strange to include a type of metal in this list, traces of copper can actually be found in skin cells, binding proteins together that result in less sagging and filled in wrinkles. Studies also indicate that copper boosts collagen production, which is much needed for anyone with sun-damaged skin or scars.
Albumin Extract/Egg Whites
Egg whites have used for centuries as part of women’s anti-aging regimen, and they’ve been popular in skin care for quite some time, both in DIY face masks and beauty products. Our Egg Crystal Soap contains albumin extract that helps tighten up the skin and smooth out wrinkles.
The albumin extract is most effective when combined with other ingredients that aid in skin firming. Check out this list of DIY egg white masks.
Caffeine has been known as a quick fix for dark circles and puffy eyes, but not every caffeinated beauty product guarantees long-term results. For instance, coffee supplies a short-term energy boost, and it works the same way when included in skin care products. The one source of caffeine that does yield lasting results is green tea. The medicinal properties, together with the caffeine, work wonders on energizing aging skin, giving you a brighter complexion and eliminating that tired look in your eyes.
The best way to delay the effects of aging is by preventing as much sun damage as possible, which means wearing sunscreen. Although you can use it as an additional product in your skin care routine, it’s also an important ingredient to note when looking for day creams and moisturizers. Sunscreen has UV filters that protect you from harmful rays, so always look for daytime anti-aging products with SPF protection.
Fruits are packed with loads of nutrients that improve overall health and complexion. They contain vitamins and antioxidants that keep your skin clean, firm and young, so keep a lookout for fruity products to give your skin a youthful boost. For example, papaya can be used as a toner and reduces the formation of the skin. It also has Vitamins A, C and E which nourish your skin. Bananas, which is an ingredient of Mimi White AHA Whitening Soap, have a moisturizing effect when applied topically.
Do your skin care products contain these ingredients? If not, be sure to check out our updated beauty section to add some great anti-aging products into your daily regimen.
Items featured in this post:
- Mix 2-3 drops of the serum with whitening cream or lotion
- Apply mixture directly on dark spots, or apply liberally as body lotion. DO NOT USE ON YOUR FACE.
- Repeat nightly for best results
- Wash your face with water OR rinse your whole body in the shower
- Place the soap inside the net
- Lather soap
- Wash your face with the soap OR wash your face and body
- Rinse thoroughly with water.
- Use 2x daily
- Use while bathing. Lather onto face and body for 3-5 minutes
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Use alongside Mimi White AHA Body Serum for best results
Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.