4 Surprising Ingredients in Moisturizers
Understanding what goes into moisturizer can be a real challenge – even being able to pronounce the words in the ingredient list can seem impossible without a science degree. There are, however, a few premium ingredients being used that are very familiar, although you may be surprised to find them in your moisturizer!
Here are four fascinating ingredients used in moisturizers that have been proven successful through research and development, and used by celebrities and citizens alike:
The element gold is not just for jewelry anymore. Gold has been used for medicinal skincare purposes by ancient Egyptians and early Chinese dynasties. Gold is an element that firms and smooths the skin’s elasticity. In moisturizers, gold is used as nano-particles which is non-toxic to the human body. Cosmetic research companies believe that gold particles fight against aging and is an anti-inflammatory ingredient.
2. Bee pollen
Bee pollen is considered a superfood by nutritionists. It keeps the skin healthy because it is filled with substances like silica, zinc, fatty acids and antioxidants that the skin uses to heal, remain firm/smooth and boosts the internal growth of new skin tissues. Bee pollen granules used in moisturizers work effectively both on the dermis and epidermis level. Bee pollen granules in moisturizers absorb the free radicals that damage the skin in harsh environments.
Saffron is a delicate spice found in foods around the world, especially in countries such as Spain, Iran and India. Cosmetic research companies have discovered that saffron extract protects the skin from harmful UV rays. Saffron is used as a modern ingredient in moisturizers and other cosmetic products because of its purifying, anti-bacterial and lightening skin tone properties. Combined with other ingredients like emollient oils, which carries it to the skin’s layers and helps to brightens the skin, it gives skin a glowing appearance.
Snail mucin, or the mucus that emanates from snails as they inch along, is now an ingredient found in many cosmetic products, including high-quality moisturizers such as Peach & Lily’s skin care. South Korea has infused snail mucin in skincare products for many years. It is a highly touted ingredient, which is now becoming popular in the U.S. Snail mucin is considered to lighten flaws and contains anti-inflammatory and anti-wrinkle components. The harvested snail mucus that is formulated for moisturizers and other products is a combination of glycolic acid proteins, which heals the skin and improves the skin’s texture. Snail mucin extract and other delivery system ingredients work together to improve skin tones, and are properly regulated and approved to be used in moisturizers and other cosmetic products.
Natural and organic moisturizing ingredients
Additional natural ingredients include fruit extracts, vitamins and botanicals, often paired due to their powerful anti-aging and rejuvenating qualities, making them popular ingredients with natural cosmetic companies.
There are so many fruits in the global marketplace that have beneficial skin extract properties like:
Apricot – Naturally high in vitamins A, C, iron, potassium and calcium. It removes impurities, protects the skin and works very well with other hydro-alcoholic ingredients.
Guava – Guava is high in vitamin A, B and C, which has anti-aging properties and brings oxidation to skin cells.
Peaches – Pure peach extract is filled with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, manganese and potassium to soften and protect the skin.
Botanicals – Biologists and cosmetic researchers have known for years about the oils, serums and extracts that are created from plants and which are used worldwide in moisturizes and many other cosmetic products.
Article by Olivia Wolfe