In a time when actives, such as Retinol, AHAs and BHAs are becoming beauty staples for clear and youthful skin, we keep hearing from our customers how feelings of dryness, tightness, stinging and redness are consistent problems. This is why we decided to write this post about countering these sensations with ingredients that will help you address these issues in a healthy way. Today's spotlight post is identifying and understanding each one of these ingredients that assist with the calming & healing process for your skin.
Aloe or Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that originates from the Arabian Peninsula but also grows in tropical climates globally. It is widely known to be used for healing and soothing purposes - from the chaving of the nose to calming redness all over the skin. We feel this is mainly because Aloe contains polysaccharides, which help deliver hydration to your skin and provide anti-inflammatory benefits. They shield your skin by creating a protective barrier. Aloe also contains something called phytosterols, which will help to soothe itchiness and irritation while preventing trans-epidermal water loss. Gel created from Aloe Vera are rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E as well as minerals such as magnesium, potassium and zinc. All these components are thought to help in the 'healing' process. Aloe is a wonderful ingredient for anyone who is suffering from irritation or inflammation. If your skin needs cooling, soothing and healing after let's say a laser appointment, or dry spots from peeling, give some of these products a shot:
2. Centella Asiatica
Centella asiatica, also popularly known as Cica or Tiger Grass is a perennial herb that grows primarily in Asia. For centuries, it’s had both culinary and medicinal uses, but like many traditional plant extracts, it’s gaining popularity as a skin care ingredient. This swamp-dwelling herb first started appearing in South Korean cica creams a few years ago, although Western brands from Estee Lauder have used it off and on over the years—they just didn’t call them cica creams. Cica creams became cornerstones of the famous K-beauty ritual because of their soothing benefits. Studies have shown that Cica isn’t just a passing fad—it really does have benefits for the skin, thanks to its active compounds, including madecassoside (which is another superstar for healing), which serves as an antioxidant. Cica itself also has been shown to have potent antioxidant properties and to be a rich source of amino acids, and there’s additional research showing that it’s a good hydrating ingredient to soothe upset or compromised skin. It also helps mitigate some of the visible effects of sun damage, plus there’s evidence that it can help revitalize the skin’s protective barrier. Here are some product recommendations:
We just briefly talked about Madecassoside being an active compound of Centella Asiatica. Let's break down the active ingredient a little further to better understand its properties and functions. Madecassoside is classed as a triterpenine, which is a class of chemical compounds produced by plants as part of their self-defense mechanism. A fantastic ingredient for acne-prone skin, it provides inflammation control, reducing the activity of enzymes that play a role in the breakdown of the skin’s framework, and stimulates the synthesis of collagen, which is an integral component of the skin. These are our recommendations:
This is an ingredient that might still seem pretty new to many of you but is very effective. It is also known as Vitamin B5 and works to trap moisture as a humectant, is rich in antioxidants and can help improve your skin's health overall. It also has brightening properties for all you glow-getters! The Soonjung line by Etude House is the one we would recommend if you're looking for some Vitamin B5 in your routine. Here are some of the products:
Good ol' Snail never hurt anybody! Snail slime/goo/mucin is packed with ah-mazing nutrients: everything from hyaluronic acid (hydration), glycoprotein (cell membrane structure stability), and proteoglycans helps to stabilize proteins in the area surrounding the cells) to antimicrobial peptides (inflammation) and copper peptides (skin healing and regeneration). It encourages collagen production, soothes the skin, helps to repair damaged tissue and since its comprised of 91-98% water, it effectively restores hydration. Snail mucin is used to treat everything from dry skin, wrinkles and stretch marks to acne, pigmentation and bumps. These are our recommended products:
What do you guys do when your skin needs that extra lovin' on the road to recovery? Let us know via your comments below!
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