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Deciphering your skin cream label

Deciphering your skin cream labelImage Credit: Supplied

With the wide array of skin creams available in the market today, knowing exactly what an ingredient on the label is supposed to do can help you decide if you are using the right cream for your skin type.

Some beneficial ingredients to look out for include antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid which is both water and fat-soluble. It is able to penetrate the skin's cell membranes at all levels, and it has anti-inflammatory effects that reduce blotchiness and even out skin tone.

Other active ingredients that can do wonders for the skin are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). One of these is glycolic acid which is derived from sugar cane and which, at the right pH and concentration, can stimulate the rate of skin cell renewal. Over age 30, the skin's rate of cell renewal slows down, and the use of naturally derived hydroxy acids can help restore cell renewal. Another potent ingredient is hyaluronic acid which is incorporated into skin care products to reduce the effects of ageing. Its most important function is to preserve tissue hydration due to its high water retaining capacity.

Vitamin C comes in many forms with ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate being the most common. Vitamin C stimulates the growth of collagen and minimizes fine lines, wrinkles and scars.

Idebenone, like CoQ10, delivers a whole new level of skin rejuvenation. It helps eliminate excess free radical formation and is highly effective at correcting the signs of ageing.

Handy Hints:

• Alpha hydroxy acids are great for skin cell renewal

• Active ingredients are formulated to treat the skin

• Consult a doctor before using unfamiliar products

Source: Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Classifieds,

The writer is a freelancer