Our guest author today reveals some skin care ingredients that may not be familiar to all of us. Personally, I was unfamiliar with Moist 24 and it's always great to learn about new products that help to keep us young and beautiful.
Every time you switch on the television there is a new skin care product with a wondrous new ingredient. Some of these ingredients have complicated scientific names and the reality is that sometimes these ingredients either do not exist or are basic compounds commonly found in many alternative (often cheaper) products. In this article we will be looking at 4 ingredients that you may not have heard of but do exist.
Moist 24 is a natural ingredient that can be found in a number of mainly facial skin care products, the material is extracted from a plant known as the Imperata Cylindirca. The main aim of Moist 24 is to provide abundant hydration over long periods of time (namely 24 hours, hence the name). Products that Moist 24 can be found in include;
- Collagen Eye Cream from Collagen UK
- Prima Oligo Creams
- Hydrating Moisturiser from Emerge Organic Labs
Pepha Tight is a combination of an algae known as nannochloropsis oculata (a mouthful right?!) and polysaccharides. Pepha Tight works to provide protection against oxidative stress but it also contains (thanks to the algae) Vitamins C and B12, vitamins which have a positive effect on the synthesis of collagen. There is little in the way of independent research for this material however it is being used in quite a few products which suggests it is useful.
Of course you have heard of aloe vera but did you know it had fantastic properties that were ideally suited to skin care? Maybe, but here is the real reason why aloe vera is becoming a regular in skin care products. The main draw for aloe is it's abundance of amino acids coupled with vitamins A, C and E – the latter of which is an extremely potent anti-oxidant! There are also a number of macro-elements present within aloe such as calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, chromium and zinc. To round it all off there is also the disinfectant qualities – if you see aloe vera as an ingredient in a cosmetic or skin care product then pay attention.
Again I'm sure Vitamin E is something that you are all aware of, however in terms of it's properties with regards to skin care there is little else that can compete. Vitamin E is one of the strongest natural anti-oxidants, what this means is that it captures free radicals that roam around the body and destroy the structure of the epidermis and destroys them. As well as being a natural anti-oxidant Vitamin E also possesses anti-inflammatory properties making it an ideal ingredient for eye creams.
So there you have it – 4 skin care ingredients you may not have heard of. Some of them claim to have industry leading properties however our advice would be to always conduct a little research yourself before paying for premium products. Don't let the fancy advertising win your heart and empty your wallet.