What Makes a Good Beauty Ingredient?
With increases to technology, we have reached a point in time where today’s consumer is far savvier about the products they use and the health benefits/detriments of those ingredients than any previous generation. It’s incredible. Unfortunately, there also is a lot of misinformation out there, too. There are a few factors to consider when determining what to use, so let’s break it down a bit.
There’s No Cure-All Solution
For years, headlines have touted their “miracle” solutions for perfect skin, hair, and nails. Although it would be amazing if such a thing existed, the truth is that there isn’t some perfect ingredient to apply to your skin, nor any miracle food you can eat that will turn you into a photoshopped goddess. Unfortunately, anyone who claims otherwise is probably trying to sell you something.
Although there may not be some miracle ingredient out there to turn you into your ultimate form, there are quality ingredients that can be implemented into your routine that can help contribute to achieving your desired look.
Before we can fully explore ingredients, we need to start with the fundamentals- your skin as a whole. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it’s capable of incredible things. Although your skin is visible to the naked eye, it’s what you can’t see on your skin that makes so many functions possible. Called the microbiome, your skin is home to hundreds of species of bacteria, flora, and more. There’s no need to panic- it’s a good thing. And keeping this finely tuned ecosystem in check is crucial to your skin’s health because using products that negatively disrupt your microbiome can damage your skin. Ingredients matter.
Everyone is Different
First and foremost, when considering ingredients, remember that everyone is different. What works perfectly for one person may not be the perfect solution for another. We as a people tend to accept recommendations by people we respect or those who we find attractive, rather than considering differences between their needs and our own. That’s not to say that they don’t have awesome advice, but you should remember that we all are diverse and we all have diverse needs.
When shopping for beauty and skincare, opt for performance over anything else. It’s not about choosing the fanciest brand or the most beautiful packaging. It’s about selecting products that support you now and in the future. To learn more about performance-based cosmetics and why they are important to your routine, view our blog post here.
More often than not, ingredient lists are confusing and full of names you’ve never heard of.
Recently, it has become more and more trendy for influencers to boycott brands that have any kind of synthetic ingredient or ones that they can’t pronounce. Long, hard-to-pronounce ingredients aren’t necessarily a bad thing, especially since many natural fruits and vegetables consist of compounds of different hard-to-pronounce ingredients. Use your judgment and avoid falling prey to the fear mongers on the internet.
Trends Constantly Change
Thanks to Instagram and TikTok, beauty and skincare trends change faster than ever. It’s not necessarily a good or bad thing, but that’s how social media works. What is considered the “holy grail” product today could be looked at poorly a month from now. Furthermore, look at how beauty has changed in the past eight to ten years. Americans went from full-faced glam and contouring being the everyday style to today’s current “skinimalism” trend, which is focused on skincare, hydration, and using minimalistic makeup to achieve an ultra fresh-faced look. Things change quickly online. Also, let’s not forget that trendy doesn’t always equate to high quality.
Changing Too Quickly Can Harm Your Skin
Just because an attractive influencer made an aesthetically pleasing video about the five things you “absolutely must add to your routine right this instant,” doesn’t mean you need to jump up and buy them all. In fact, introducing too many new products and ingredients to your skin all at once can disrupt your skin’s microbiome. When you incorporate too many unfamiliar ingredients, you also run the risk of skin irritation. And if you add multiple new products at the same time, you may not know which one is causing the negative reaction.
How Long it Takes to See Results
Wouldn’t it be nice if we saw instant results with everything? Unfortunately, as is true with most of life, results aren’t instantaneous. It takes some time before we see real, concrete results in our beauty routines. Here are a few examples.
A Few Super Ingredients We’re Loving
If you are an active follower of Babe Lash, you know that we love performance-based cosmetics. Everything we create is formulated to provide both immediate and long-term results. It’s like adding anti-aging ingredients to specific parts of your beauty routine! So, what are some of these super ingredients we incorporate into our products and what do they do?
Up until about 10 years ago, most people didn’t know about using biotin in their beauty routines. In general, it was mostly known only by cosmetologists and doctors. Now, it’s relatively well-known, even outside of the beauty community.
What Does It Do?
One of the B-Vitamins, Biotin helps convert certain nutrients into energy. It also plays a role in the health of your hair, skin, and nails.
Babe Lash & Biotin
Our Volumizing Brow Filler has biotin as an active ingredient, adding a bit of TLC to your brow game.
Babe Lash loves peptides. If you follow us on Instagram (which you totally should, BTW), you know that we talk about peptides a lot. They’re kind of an MVP (Most Valuable Peptide, in this instance).
Peptides are the building blocks of proteins. They contribute to the development of proteins like collagen, elastin, and keratin. To learn more about peptides, check out this blog post from Babe Lash.
Babe Lash & Peptides
Where can you get peptides with Babe Lash?
|Enriching Mascara||Volumizing Brow Filler||Babe Lash Conditioner|
You likely have used panthenol before but didn’t realize it. Derived from Vitamin B5, panthenol is used in many performance-based cosmetics due to its hydrating properties.
What Does It Do?
Full of anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties, panthenol is a super ingredient to incorporate into your beauty regimen. Dermatologists recommend panthenol for all skin types, but say it is especially beneficial for those with dry, flaky skin. It also pairs well with hyaluronic acid.
Babe Lash & Panthenol
Which Babe Lash ingredients use panthenol?
|Serum||Conditioner||Enriching Mascara||Volumizing Brow Filler|
Considered by many as the sibling of hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate is a hydrating powerhouse.
What Does It Do?
Anyone with dry skin has heard that they need to incorporate hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate into their beauty routine. Why? Sodium hyaluronate attracts moisture in skin cells, adding moisture to the skin barrier. It reduces dryness and flaking in all skin types.
Babe Lash & Sodium Hyaluronate
Got dry lips? Babe Lash uses sodium hyaluronate in our Plumping Lip Jelly, so you can get hydration in addition to the lip plumping effect.
Niacinimide is beloved in the beauty industry for its ability to hydrate and reduce the appearance of dullness.
What Does It Do?
This Vitamin B-3 compound diminishes the appearance of dullness, restoring the skin’s veneer. It helps prevent moisture loss and skin dehydration when used consistently. It builds keratin proteins and is touted by dermatologists to improve the lipid barrier in your skin while reducing inflammation and protecting against environmental stressors. Niacinamide is also used in many anti-aging beauty products, as it is known to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Babe Lash & Niacinamide
Babe Lash’s Brightening Under-Eye Gel Patches have niacinamide. This cosmetic product adds a brightening and hydrating effect to the under-eye area for a more well-rested and youthful look.
We talked a lot about ingredients and ingredient considerations in this post. It’s a lot- we know that. So, what do you do next? How do you start being savvier about what you use in your beauty routine?
You probably won’t become an expert overnight. It takes time to learn all of this, and that’s okay. We just hope this helps you learn how to shop smarter and to always consider doing what’s best for you and your beauty needs. If you ever have questions about our ingredients, the Babe Lash team is always happy to chat with you. And if you want to start getting proactive about your beauty and skincare, we recommend that you consult with your dermatologist or doctor.
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