Mini-series: Ingredients in Skincare products: The good
The ingredient lists for your skincare products can sometimes look a bit like alphabet soup. Many of these ingredients improve the quality of your skin, but others could potentially cause harm. How can you tell the difference?
In our two-part series examining ingredients in skincare products, we’ll focus on what components to look for and what to avoid, starting with ingredients commonly considered beneficial to your skin.
In a previous post, we discussed five key nutrients needed for healthy skin (vitamins A, C, E and B3 and zinc). Below, we’ll highlight other ingredients that have been shown to improve your skin’s appearance.
- Binds to the skin, protecting it against irritants
- Acts as an emollient, holding moisture against the skin and improving the itch of dry skin
- Protects skin against
Aloe vera. A review of 40 studies using aloe vera as a treatment for several skin conditions found that topical aloe vera can be effective for wound healing and reducing inflammation. Aloe vera can also be used as an antimicrobial and antifungal agent.
Ginger root extract. Ginger root extract has been shown to be a potent inhibitor of the destructive enzyme elastase, which is activated in the skin via UV rays. Also, ginger extract contains antioxidant compounds that prevent damage from free radicals, protectin your skin against aging. Studies have shown that ginger root extract:
- Acts as an anti-inflammatory, soothing the skin. One study found that ginger root reduced skin edema, a type of inflammation.
- Improves wound healing. One study found that ginger root extract increased the speed of wound healing and collagen production in rats.
Borago officinalis seed oil (aka borage seed oil). Borago officinalis is an essential fatty acid that serves as an emollient and skin-conditioning agent with anti-inflammatory properties. One study found that borage seed oil reduced redness and increased skin hydration in irritated skin.
Copper peptides. Copper peptides are touted for their skin regeneration properties, reportedly firming, smoothing and softening skin. Studies have shown that copper peptides:
- Promote collagen and elastin production
- Remove damaged collagen and elastin from the skin
- Have antioxidant properties
- Promote the production of hyaluronic acid (a substance that lubricates the skin)
Skinfuse by Bellus Medical
Skinfuse Rescue Calming Complex contains all of these beneficial ingredients, in addition to the antioxidant protection of vitamin E. Specially designed to be used after the SkinPen micro-needling procedure, Rescue Calming Complex soothes, protects and assists in reducing inflammation in the compromised skin. Skinfuse Rescue Calming Complex also supports barrier repair and renewal, making it ideal for use post-SkinPen procedure and during the first 48 hours after.
Contact your SkinPen provider to learn more about Skinfuse Rescue Calming Complex and the other skincare products in the Post Procedure kit, all designed to enhance the health and appearance of your rejuvenated skin.