You may have already noticed that many natural and organic skin care products include common plant derived fatty alcohols such as cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol. They are widely considered to be gentle and are considered as excellent conditioning agents as they enhance the texture and feel of skincare lotions and help to keep the skin soft, smooth, pliable and healthy-looking. I actually have some reservations about them, but today, I want to discuss something else and that is, about their comedogenic level. I’ve been taking a closer look at them because some creams I’ve been using on my neck have been causing clogged pores there and I suspect that it could be because of one or two of these ingredients.
Mineral oil, a clear, odorless, and inexpensive oil distilled from crude oil, is a common ingredient in skin care products. It is sometimes referred to as Paraffinum Liquidum or Petrolatum in the ingredient list. Although it sounds really ‘crude’, several cult beauty brands such as Nivea and La Mer feature this oil prominently in their skin care formulations. And despite the origin, the mineral oil used in skin care formulations are really of refined, cosmetic grade.
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: