When Chemistry Rebuilds nature in our Skin care products - Active ingredients in Skincare

When we hear the words chemistry and cosmetics in the same sentence, we think the only link lies in deciphering the labels on your skin care products. But there is so much more – your favourite active ingredients in skin care products are all thanks to chemistry. Chemistry is not the enemy! Let us take a look at some of the most commonly used active serum ingredients and how they benefit your skin -

Chemistry to nature’s rescue
Whether it is a cream, gel, emulsion or oil, all cosmetics have the same basic structure: one or several active ingredients that ensure the product is effective, an excipient to transport these ingredients, and additives to perfume, preserve, and lather the product and stabilise its pH. These different ingredients might come from plants, animals, minerals or could even be synthetic. Yet, as we well know, nature's resources are not infinite. Chemistry comes to the rescue to protect natural resources and save the cosmetics industry! Chemistry is far from the bad guy of the story - it replaces natural ingredients by reproducing these molecules found in nature, either through chemical synthesis or biotechnology. But that is not all: chemistry also steps in as part of our cosmetics when our body can no longer produce enough of certain molecules, such as collagen or hyaluronic acid.

Chemistry is in all our skincare
Retinol, parabens, peptides - All these active ingredients in skin care that make up our cosmetic products come from chemistry. They are present in all our bathrooms and vanity cases, but here are the ones on the top of the podium –

1. Salicylic acid
A popular beta hydroxy acid (BHA), this ingredient is found as a natural compound in plants and is used as a topical treatment for acne-prone skin.

What is salicylic acid used for?
The anti-inflammatory and exfoliating properties of salicylic acid make it a great active serum ingredient to reduce breakouts and improve skin texture. Another benefit of salicylic acid is that it penetrates deep into clogged pores and clears them, reducing sebum secretion and breaking down pimples.

How to use salicylic acid?
To add salicylic acid to your daily skincare routine, try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence and the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence Sheet Mask. The brightening salicylic acid in the Micro Essence penetrates up to 10 layers deep into the skin to refine pores and minimize texture and leaves you with skin that is bright, radiant, and crystal-clear. Use a few drops of the Crystal Micro Essence twice everyday and follow it up with the Crytsal Micro Essence Sheet Mask three times a week for skin that is smooth, hydrated, and glowing.

2. Hyaluronic acid
This super hydrating ingredient is present naturally in the epidermis, but its concentration decreases after the age of 20. Its blend of elements helps you to get back moisturised, supple skin.

How to use hyaluronic acid?
The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum and L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Fresh Mix Serum Sheet Mask are great addition to your daily and weekly skincare routine, especially if you have been looking for ways to soothe irritated skin. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin, the 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum and the Hyaluronic Acid Fresh Mix Serum Sheet Mask boost your skin’s radiance and hydration and give you visible results instantly.

3. Pro-Xylane
This is a sugar extract from beech wood that stimulates collagen synthesis for a firmer, smoother epidermis. For example, the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Renewing Anti-Ageing Serum is enriched with Pro-Xylane and it instantly refines skin texture, boosts elasticity, and reverses the signs of ageing. Use the Revitalift Laser X3 Renewing Anti-Ageing Serum every night on cleansed face and neck to transform your skin.

4. Q10
This is naturally present in all our skin cells, but the amount of it decreases with age. The addition of Q10 to cosmetics gets rid of the first signs of fine lines and wrinkles.

5. Fibroxyl
This active ingredient that comes from green chemistry can stimulate the stretching of the fibroblasts responsible for collagen and elastin synthesis.

6. Ceramide R
This is a synthetic ceramide that can strengthen capillary fibre and protect and smooth hair follicles.