Beauty Insider: Skincare Ingredients that Matter

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By   /  January 9, 2014

We’re starting the new year with a new beauty resolution and that is to be more aware of what we put on our skin. Since what we put on our skin is being absorbed into our body, it would be wise to pay attention to the ingredients of our skincare. We speak to Butterboom’s skincare expert, Kim Le Sambolec to get the lowdown on the key ingredients that are found in skincare products that are actually effective and is good for the skin.

As a guide, when you are shopping for skincare products, look for brands that contain these ingredients so you know you are getting ingredients that does what the product say it does.

Top ingredients to look for in your skincare products:  

  1. Vitamin C in a highly stabilised forms act as an antioxidant. It protects and supports the skins structure and function, reduces inflammation and sun damage as well as stimulates collagen growth. This ingredient is vulnerable to oxidisation from light and air so important to buy in an opaque bottle. Most effective in the ranges of 10-20%. Stabilised forms of Vitamin C are – ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate.
  2. Hyaluronic acid  is a natural component within skin tissue that can hold up to 1000 times it’s own weight in water which boosts the skins moisture and also prevent it from becoming dry by evaporation due to the environment.
  3. Vitamin A derivatives is a much research ingredient that has an effects on retinol as a skin cell regulator and antioxidant. This help improve skins texture, fine lines wrinkles and overall complexion. Some forms of Vitamin A that shows up on your skincare ingredient list are retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinoic acid.
  4. Beta Carotene is a form of carotenoid similar to lycopene or lutein. It helps to convert to vitamin a in the liver and becomes a powerful antioxidant for skin. It acts as a UV filter and helps to reduce sun damage.
  5. Vitamin E is a very powerful antioxidant that protects and supports the epidermis. It helps to boost the effects of sunscreen ingredients and also strengthens the layer within skin known as the bi layer to prevent moisture loss. It is best to use it in forms of d-alpha-tocopherol or d-alpha- tocopherol acetate as these are the forms that are best absorbed and higher in potency as they are more naturally derived.
  6. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA). The best and most researched forms of AHA are known as glycolic, lactic and malic acid. They effectively loosen up dead skin cells by breaking down what binds the dead skin cells to the surface, therefore preventing the skin from thickening and causing breakouts. They will also reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage to an extent but more so even out the complexion with regular use.

To help you shop smarter for your skincare products, Kim has provide a list of brands that contain high active ingredients. However, it is best to consult a professional if you are looking to treat a particular skin condition to know the level of active ingredients needed, correct dosage and frequency of use.

Skincare Brands 

Skin Medica, Bicelle, Skin Ceuticals, Elta MD, Obagi medical, Neostrata, Cosmetic Solutions, Medik 8, Aspect, Cosmedix, Dr Murad, Md Formulations, DMK, Priori.


Kim Le Sambolec


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