A number of you have mentioned that you use products such as cleansers or moisturizers containing AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids to exfoliate your skin. AHAs are often described as chemical exfoliants that is able to remove dead skin cells on our skin’s surface but they are really derived from natural products. These include glycolic acid from sugar cane, lactic acid from milk, malic acid from apples and pears, citric acid from oranges and lemons and tartaric acid from grapes. However, the two most commonly used AHAs are glycolic acid and lactic acid because they have a special ability to penetrate the skin.
Freckles and brown spots on the face are a common occurrence especially during the summers when you have been out in the sun for extended hours. This is primarily because our skin increases the natural production of melanin in order to keep us protected from the harmful UV rays. Although sunscreen, best wrinkle cream and exfoliation are quite helpful in keeping wrinkles, dark spots, and freckles at bay, but if all these fail to keep your skin at its radiant best, here are a few things you can try to regain that lost flawless skin as before without resorting to chemical peels or laser treatments:
With natural skin care growing extremely popular these days, it seems that every other product has a “contains natural ingredients” sticker on it. But just because something’s natural doesn’t necessarily mean it’s great for your skin. Before you rush out & buy something just because it has a leafy design on the bottle, it’s good to do a little research on the ingredients – to make sure you’re really getting your money’s worth & truly protecting your skin from harmful chemicals. Since you probably have better things to do than Google plant extracts for hours, here are my top four. They solve dryness, spots, itching, irritation & cell deterioration – at least one of these is a problem for each of us.
I have been wondering for the longest time why certain skin care lotions or even sunscreens include citrus peel essential oils because they are widely known to be photosensitizers that increase the skin’s reaction to sunlight and making our skin more likely to burn. Some common ones that I often spot are grapefruit, lemon, tangerine or sweet orange oils. Although most of these are less than 1% in the formulation, I’m still leery when I see a bunch of them clustered somewhere in the middle of the ingredient list and would steer clear of the product.
If the cleanser does not contain sulfates, then how does it cleanse? I get this question asked many a times regarding foaming cleansers and today, I’ll attempt to answer by breaking down the ingredient list of cleansers that are sold as sulfate-free. “No sulfates” here refers to no surfactants like Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES), or even Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS), which are used in many cosmetic products for their cleansing and emulsifying properties. They behave similarly to soap but are considered as skin irritants and hence, are always avoided in natural or organic cleansers.