Ingredients List of Skincare Products

Skincare for men is not that hard. Unless you’re from Latin or a PhD degree in chemical engineering, reading the ingredients list on skincare products can be like reading an alien language. That strange language actually has an official name, it’s the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients or whatever you want to call it. And even though that seems like a pretty tough name for a cosmetic ingredient, we can all agree that it’s catchy. Let’s break it down into its parts and see what the big guys are saying.

Antibacterial ingredients are the big dogs when it comes to skincare products. You’ll usually find these ingredients on those products labeled as “antibacterial”. What does that really mean? Well, if you’re using the product on your face, on your arms, on your neck or any other area where it’s easy to scrape off and clean off, then antibacterial means that it kills the bacteria that cause pimples The problem with that is that a lot of the antibacterial agents are toxic and, oftentimes, they have other side effects. That’s why you usually find them listed on the back of the bottle in a dark red color, so that no one will accidentally buy them.

Moisturizers are the next big thing in skincare products. What moisturizers do is absorb the moisture from your skin, which keeps it smooth and supple. So, they’re usually found on the back of the product, or in a separate container such as a cream or lotion. Most often, you’ll find them listed in alphabetical order, but some of the most popular moisturizers include Shea butter, grape seed oil, avocado oil, macadamia oil, babassu and maracuja.

The last major category of skincare products is the serums and lotions. These contain skin firming agents such as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. They work by binding water to your skin, as well as cushioning the skin’s outer layer. Although there are a lot of serums to choose from, the most effective ones tend to be natural plant-based ingredients. You should look for natural vitamin E, jojoba oil, active Manuka honey and other plant-based oils and waxes.

All of those products mentioned above are part of the ‘big three’ skincare product families. There are also several smaller collections of specific skincare ingredients that are designed to target different problems. For example, there are facial serums for dry skin, oily skin and acne prone skin. So, there are plenty of options to choose from.

So, the bottom line is that you should always check the ingredients list of your chosen skin care products before you buy them. If you can’t find something that suits your needs, then at least find out what type of ingredients they are and do your own research. In general, a dermatologist can easily help you figure out what exactly you need.

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