Know Your Ingredients: Aluminum Powder

What it is
Aluminum powder is derived from naturally occurring aluminum containing minerals.

What it does
Used as a colour additive, aluminum powder imparts a white colour to cosmetics.

Side effects
In the small amounts used in cosmetics, aluminum powder is safe. However, it can’t be used in lip products.

(Source: cosmeticsinfo.org)

Glycolic Acid VS Lactic Acid: Which One Should You Use?

difference between glycolic  and lactic acid

I may not use a toner, or even an eye cream, but a good exfoliant is a must in my skincare routine. Exfoliation does some amazing things for the skin. It makes it smoother and brighter, and helps it look younger.

My favourite way to exfoliate skin? Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). They don’t just remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, like scrubs do. They also help you age better. They’re wonderful multi-taskers.

But not all AHAs are created equal. There are several types, but those more common and used are glycolic acid and lactic acid. As you already know, I’m obsessed with glycolic, but lactic has lots of fans too. So, what’s the difference between the two, and which ones should you use? But first…

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Know Your Ingredients: Fig Extract

fig

What it is
Fig extract is derived from the fruit and leaves of the fig plant.

What it does
Fig extract is an emollient that makes skin soft and smooth.

Side effects
Fig extract can cause contact dermatitis in some people.

(Source: N.Z. Med. J, 2007)

Know Your Ingredients: C13-14 Isoparaffin

c13 c14 isoparaffin

What it is
C13-14 isoparaffin is derived from petroleum.

What it does
Because of its wax-like texture, C13-14 isoparaffin is used to thicken the consistency of cosmetic products.

Side effects
C13-14 isoparaffin is generally considered to be safe.

(Source: truthinaging.com)