July 7, 2012 by Cassy
Who here doesn’t want a healthy, gorgeous, glowing skin? I try to stay out of the sun as much as possible, and when I’m forced to be in sunlight, I made sure to use at least SPF 30. However, I also go further and moisturize my skin with products containing several active ingredients that are scientifically (as in there are clinical trials) proven to be effective. For example, hyaluronic acid (HA) has been very popular in the past because it was popular with consumers and there was a belief that it contains anti-aging properties. This was never scientifically proven, of course. Other popular ingredients include retinol, antioxidants, and peptides. These have scientific substantiations, but tend to confuse consumers because so many products contain these ingredients. The trick is to find that one product that truly works for you, keeping in mind that many cosmetic companies will sell their brand and images but not necessarily their effectiveness. Therefore, if you read the ingredient labels on your anti-aging products, there is only a minute (trace) amount of actives in order to make an FDA-approved claim. So remember to read and test before you buy next time.
Another thing to look for is the water amount. Products made primarily of water doesn’t do anything externally since the skin acts as a barrier, so the product may hydrolyze your skin but it’s a short-term effect. It’s also cheap and doesn’t have a lot of scientific evidence.
If you notice my post title, aloe is a great alternative to water because it is a solvent (like water), but can be absorbed. It also is a natural anti-inflammatory. This ingredient also has several studies to back up their claims (see National Institutes of Health). Here are some products that contain aloe as a base (click on image to go directly to site):