As the nation becomes more aware of the dangers related to the manufacturing of health and beauty products, many women find themselves wondering whether their go-to products are as good as they claim to be. Sound familiar? If so, you can probably recall a time or two that you read the fine print on the back of the bottle, skimming the list of ingredients and realizing that you couldn’t pronounce more than a few. To make things even more confusing, it’s not only bad ingredients that are difficult to pronounce! That’s because both good and bad ingredients are listed using their scientific name. To make things easier for you, we’ve put together a list of good ingredients—the kinds of ingredients that you want in your skin care arsenal—and provided you with their scientific name, the terms they’re most commonly referred to as, and explanations as to why each product is beneficial. What are you waiting for, Check it out!
Scientific Name: Ascorbyl Palmitate
Common Term: Vitamin C
Why You Want It: If you’re a regular Lionesse reader, you may already be familiar with the beneficial properties of Vitamin C! This powerful ingredient lightens and brightens the skin all thanks to its regenerative antioxidant properties. This ingredient should play a key role in a typical nighttime product.
Scientific Name: Camellia Sinensis Extract
Common Term: Green Tea Extract
Why You Want It: Green tea is one of the best products you can put in your body and on your skin. When applied topically, green tea extract—an ingredient packed with antioxidants—will calm and sooth irritated skin. Additionally, this powerful ingredient fights free radicals that are lurking in the environment and reduces the lasting effects of sun-damaged skin.
Scientific Name: Dimethicone
Common Term: Silicone-based Polymer
Why You Want It: This ingredient is the reason that your favorite primer is your favorite primer. Basically, a silicone-based polymer works by filling in the divots and holes of wrinkles, pores, and scars. This product has a way of filling in and evening out the skin’s surface, making it easier to apply your makeup.
Scientific Name: Hamamelis Virginiana Extract
Common Term: Witch Hazel Extract
Why You Want It: Many natural skincare enthusiasts swear by which hazel extract. Perfect for those with sensitive skin, this ingredient is an astringent (i.e., it causes the body tissue and skin to contract upon contact) is great for stopping the bleeding of minor cuts or popped pimples, tightens pores, absorbs oil and sweat. It also balances skin’s Ph level and soothes minor skin annoyances.
Scientific Name: Retinyl Palmitate
Common Term: Vitamin A
Why You Want It: Vitamin A comes in many makeups when presented in this form Vitamin A encourages cell turnover and halts the inevitable collagen collapse. Thanks to its powerful antioxidant properties Vitamin A fights off free radicals, heals breakouts, prevents wrinkles, and even defends against sun damage. Depending on the specific form or strength of Vitamin A that’s in your product, you may also find this ingredient listed as “retinol” or “retinoic acid.”