GOOD & BAD Ingredients to check when picking out a cleanser

life tips | July. 07, 2017

When shopping for skincare products, go 'armed' with details of what to look out for as ingredients...

However when shopping for these products, you should go 'armed' with details of what to look out for i.e what works for the skin and what's bad for it. Taking a closer look at ingredients/contents of a cleanser will go a long way in ensuring the skin stays healthy so pay attention to chemical components.

Look out for these good and bad ingredients when shopping for cleansers:

Good Ingredients to look out for:

1. BHAs including Salicylic acid

2. AHAs like Glycolic acid

They are both known for their brightening and exfoliating properties. They also help remove dead skin cells and leave skin visibly smoother, radiant and youthful.

3. Hyaluronic acid

This is great for reducing dull appearances/ slows down signs of aging. It helps to keep skin tissues lubricated as well which is great for the skin's overall appearance.

4. Glycerin

Glycerin is a great 'smoothener' that helps keep the skin nourished as well as radiant and soft.

5. Argan oil

It's high in Vitamin E and fatty acid that keeps the skin naturally moisturized and visibly smooth and youthful.

6. Honey

Honey is the best moisturizer for the skin. It works to reduce blemishes as well as helps retain moisture which helps the skin's elasticity.

Bad Ingredients to look out for:

1. Alcohol

Alcohol is a common and major ingredient in skincare products especially for oily skin but its best avoided topically. Instead opt for ones with barely there percentage or an effective alternative.

Alcohol ends up drying out the skin causing the skin to want to make up for this by over producing it which ends up counterproductive and straining the skin.

2. Mineral oil

3. Lanolin

4. Petroleum jelly

The trio of mineral oil, lanolin and petroleum come heavy and greasy, blocking pores/not allowing the skin to breathe leaving it worse than it was!

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