Wearing sunscreen every day is the key to good skin. This is because about 90% of the signs of visible aging, like wrinkles, sagging skin, and hyperpigmentation are caused by the sun.
While most people are aware that wearing sunscreen daily is important, more often than not, they only apply it when they’re going out somewhere. You might think that if you’re going to be indoors for most of the day that you don’t need sunscreen. But that’s not true.
Why you need to Wear Sunscreen Indoors Too
Most people associate sun damage with sunburn. So, you might think that as when you are indoors you can’t get sunburned that your skin is safe. But, sunburn is only one symptom of sun damage.
Alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids are both popular chemical exfoliants. They gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it looking much more even textured, and preventing breakouts.
Both AHAs and BHAs are beneficial to skin. While they are both chemical exfoliants, they do have their differences.
Beta Hydroxy Acid
In skincare, salicylic acid is the BHA used in products. Salicylic acid is a gentle exfoliant. It exfoliates your skin by softening a protein that is abundant in your skin called keratin.
By softening this keratin, skin cells can be more efficiently shed. So, BHA is excellent for boosting cell turnover. It will get rid of built up dead skin cells, leaving your skin look fresh.
Hyaluronic acid has become a hugely popular ingredient over the past few years. From moisturizers to serums, this ingredient seems to be appearing in a wide range of skincare products.
More recently, another similar ingredient, called sodium hyaluronate has also become pretty popular, with brands like Paula’s Choice opting to use it in place of hyaluronic acid. But what’s the difference between hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate?
What is Hyaluronic Acid?Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which occurs naturally in the human body. In the body, it’s an important part of cartilage and synovial fluid. This is the fluid that cushions the joints. It also plays an integral role in keeping the joints, muscles, and skin healthy.
Thanks to one very misconstrued study, parabens are now the pariah of the skincare industry.
And it’s not just parabens either. It’s many other preservatives that have been used for decades without problems that are now finding their way onto blacklist.
But they really don’t deserve to be there.
Preservatives in Skincare: What’s the Deal?
Preservatives in skincare are used to, well, preserve. Without preservatives, ingredients degrade, bacteria and fungus thrive and products don’t work as well as they should. And sometimes, without preservatives, products even go moldy. Recently, a product from a natural skincare company was recalled because it contained mold.
I know disgusting right?
So if preservatives, like parabens, keep skincare products fresh and functioning properly, then why are so many skincare brands putting paraben free or free from harmful preservatives on their products?
There are a lot of cleansers on the market that claim to exfoliate your skin too. These cleansers usually contain a chemical exfoliant, like salicylic acid or glycolic acid. But even when it does contain one of these exfoliating ingredients, can a cleanser really exfoliate your skin? And could it replace leave on exfoliants?
In short, the answer is no.
Why your Cleanser won’t Exfoliate your Skin
Even if it contains ingredients like salicylic acid or glycolic acid, your cleanser alone cannot exfoliate your skin for two reasons: View Post