To keep our body’s largest organ maintained and healthy, there has been many discussions about what’s best for our skin. Do we use traditional ones like saponified castile soap, or trends such as antioxidants? What’s popular so far this year?
Made popular from Korea, we had the BB cream (and now CC cream). While it’s great to see these kinds of all-in-one solutions, the ingredients behind them had me shaking my head. According to a report from the EWG, using a BB/CC cream still has fewer ingredients, as compared to using multi-step products. Nonetheless, if you aren’t too concerned with a large amount of chemicals, since companies often hide up to 1,000 different types under the word “fragrance”, then the BB or CC cream may be for you.
According to Skin Inc. Magazine, ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and other antioxidants help with those pesky free radicals. Vitamin C serums have been popular, specifically with l-ascorbic acid and ester C. The reason for its popularity is that it is said to help produce collagen. However, these serums oxidize rather quickly (as a result of the vitamin C), so make sure to buy serums that are packaged in airless pumps. As you may know, vitamin E is effective in slowing down the oxidation process in oil-based products (like Wonderland Organics’ facial serums!) When both vitamins are applied topically, they have been shown to help with sun damage. Of course, wearing a large hat and applying sunscreen are important to prevent any sun damage.
What can you do internally for more antioxidants? Green tea has been shown to possess a large amount of antioxidants, so feel free to sip on hot green tea (caffeinated or decaf). The best part about green tea is that there are no calories, and it tastes delicious. There’s different types, such as matcha, sencha, and jasmine green tea. You may use either tea leaves or disposable teabags. If you opt for the latter, you can also wait until the bag is cool, and close your eyes for a refreshing eye depuffer. Also, blueberries and pomegranates also have a large amount of antioxidants, which I love to include in my fruit salads. As for vitamin C, many people reach for a tablet when they start to feel sick. However, consuming an orange may be better, as it’s healthy and a decent source of vitamin C.
Anti-aging, of course has been a consistent trend: many skincare companies have clamored to add this phrase to their product labels. Personally, I’ve started on anti-aging products since I was 20, hoping to keep my skin as young as possible. However, the term “anti-aging” is considered puffery, since nothing seriously stops you from aging. Plastic surgery is one viable option, though I wouldn’t recommend it. For slightly less invasive procedures, people opt for Botox injections.
In Taiwan, as well as in many parts of Asia, whitening facial creams and lotions have been a great source of interest for women. This is mainly because being pale is considered a gold standard of beauty. In department stores and drugstores like Watsons, ladies clamor over the whitening-option products.
Have you tried any of these trends? Let me know in the comments below!
“How Safe Are the Ingredients in BB and CC Creams?” Environmental Working Group. Environmental Working Group, 3 Oct. 2013. Web. 10 June 2014. <http://www.ewg.org/research/bb-and-cc-creams/how-safe-are-ingredients-bb-and-cc-creams>.
Imber, Gerald, MD. “Skin Inc. Magazine.” Antioxidants, Free Radicals and Skin Care. KCM Publishing, 15 Oct. 2013. Web. 10 June 2014. <http://www.skininc.com/skinscience/ingredients/Antioxidants-Free-Radicals-and-Skin-Care-227888041.html?page=1>.
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