What’s a Ceramide? And Other Skin Care Ingredients

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Clarise pool-3961. ALLANTOIN

Allantoin is a natural chemical compound found in botanical extracts of the comfrey plant. It’s known for its keratolytic (exfoliating) and anti-irritating properties. Additional benefits include Allantoin’s ability to moisturize, soothe, and promote healing.

We recommend: Buttermilk Moisturizer, Control Moisturizer for Oily Skin, Oil Free Moisturizer, Revitalin Moisturizer, After Shave Moisturizer, Protein After Shave

 

2. CERAMIDE

Ceramide is the lipid (fat) materials that make up 20 percent of our intercellular matrix; it’s the “glue” that binds skin cells together for that firm, smooth appearance while protecting it against sun damage and dehydration. In skin care, ceremides are highly valued for their ability to boost hydration and are often popular in products targeting anti-aging, dry, and sensitive complexions.

We recommend: AHA & Ceramide Moisturizer, Ceramide Complex with NMF & AHA, Ceramide Eye Gel, Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream

 

3. ISODECYL SALICYLATE

Also known as Keratoplast, Isodecyl Salicylate is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) extracted from the bark of willow trees. It’s actually an ester of Salicylic Acid, which lends it anti-inflammatory and gentle exfoliating properties.

We recommend: Kera Moist Cream, Kera Moisturizer, Keratoplast Cleansing Lotion, Keratoplast Cream Soap

 

4. LECITHIN

Extracted from soy beans, Lecithin is a lipid that acts as both an emulsifier and moisturizer. As the former, it adds body to cream products and volume to hair when used in shampoo and conditioners. What makes it a great moisturizing agent, however, is its high Oleic and Linoleic Acid content lends Lecithin its antioxidant properties and skin-softening benefits.

We recommend: Lecithin Nourishing Shampoo

 

5. THYME EXTRACT

Often overlooked, Thyme Extract actually boasts potent acne-fighting abilities given its antibacterial effect on Propionibacterium, the bacterium known to cause breakouts. Thyme also possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant (Thyme contains Vitamin C) properties that make it especially ideal for inflamed, acne-erupted skin.

We recommend: Acne Facial Cleanser, Anti-Acne Serum, Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater, Hydrating Hand Cream

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Which ingredients have you tried?

 

Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn't 'grammed, it never happened). Also pertinent: writer, content creator, national sales director at Mario Badescu. For more about me, visit my Google+ page.

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