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Make-up that’s good for your skin?

May 23, 2013 by Works with Water


The cosmetic counters are full of products claiming to give you fantastic skin but how do you know which will really work? WebMD have produced a fantastic guide on what to look out for when choosing cosmetics worthy of your make-up bag.

Read the Label
Many beauty ingredients do have a good track record, but you need to get enough of something to make a difference. If a key ingredient is listed first, second, or third, your makeup likely contains a decent amount.

Vitamin C
In cosmetics, vitamin C may help nourish your skin’s collagen, an under layer that keeps skin plump so that sagging and wrinkles are less noticeable.

Vitamin C may also lighten dark spots and protect against sun damage.

Copper peptides
These stimulate your skin to make more collagen and elastin, leading to firmer, tighter skin. Some cosmetics with this ingredient have been touted as a “facelift in a bottle,” but this is unrealistic. You may still see good, but less dramatic, results from makeup with copper peptides.

Your body’s own collagen is the base for skin that looks tight and plump, rather than loose and saggy — and we have less of it as we age. Unfortunately, it won’t help much to smooth a product with collagen on your skin.

The foundation may make your skin look smoother while you wear it, though. The collagen can temporarily fill fine lines and big pores for a smoother complexion.

Kombucha is a trendy ingredient made from fermented tea and packed with antioxidants.  It’s showing up in foundations, primers, and more. It’s thought to help keep your skin moist and tight with fewer wrinkles, but there’s no strong evidence yet to show whether it really works.

You may know resveratrol as a heart-healthy ingredient in red wine. More recently, it’s been added to makeup, offering anti-ageing benefits. Since it’s relatively new in cosmetics, it hasn’t been well-studied and isn’t as proven as other antioxidants like vitamin C.

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