With so many skin cleansing products available on the market these days, it‘s important to know a little about what these products contain. Some skin cleansers work better than others, depending upon the stated ingredients, so it makes good sense to educate yourself a bit before you buy. Read the labels on cleansers to see what the ingredients are. What does each ingredient do for you? Here is a list of the most widely used ingredients found in today‘s natural cleanser market.
Almond Oil – This is an emollient that lubricates the skin, making the product easy to massage into the area. It nourishes and provides a proper moisture balance on the skin‘s surface.
Aloe Vera –Widely used for medicinal reasons, aloe vera is an effective product for burns, sunburn, and skin infections. It adds a unique aromatic moisturizing effect to skin cleansers.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) – This is a chemical compound found in nature or created in a laboratory. It increases collagen production and thickens the skin without causing inflammation. It exfoliates and is found in over-the-counter concentrations of 5%-10%. Higher concentrations may be used by physicians to treat extreme acne, dark spots, and fine wrinkles. Multiple treatments may be necessary for long-lasting effects.
Retinol – This is a form of vitamin A found in animals. Its main benefit is that it diminishes fine wrinkles and tightens skin for a more youthful appearance. It can also exfoliate and slough off dead skin cells.
Resveratrol – This plant derivative is a strong anti-inflammatory agent. It helps clear the skin and boosts the natural turnover of skin cells. Resveratrol moisturizes and refreshes the skin, giving a more youthful appearance. It is particularly good for skin prone to blemishes.
Shea Butter – This is a completely natural ingredient found in soaps. It is extracted from the nut of the shea tree, found in Africa. It can be eaten and is sometimes used as a substitute for cocoa butter. It melts at 98.6F and is absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy feel. The most effective level in cleansers is 5%-7%.
Tangerine Oil - This is just what it implies: the oil expressed from the tangerine fruit. It increases blood circulation to the skin, giving it a clear, radiant look. It also helps treat acne. An added benefit is that it also has a wonderful citrus aromatherapy effect.
Tea Tree Oil – Taken from the leaves of a plant found in Australia, tea tree oil can fight against staph infections and MRSA. At 5%, the ingredient can be used to treat acne, dandruff, and dry skin. It is very effective as a skin treatment when coupled with aloe vera.