The science of skincare – what actually goes into cosmetics
With so many different products on the market, it’s often impossible to keep track of the latest new skincare innovations. There’s also the minefield of misleading information to wade through on what you should and shouldn’t put on your skin. Sometimes when it comes to cosmetics it’s hard to know where to start.
When considering your own skincare regime you should start by thinking about substances that have the most negative impact and make sure you try and avoid products containing those ingredients. For example it’s always sensible to avoid products containing a lot of parabens or sodium lauryl sulphates (SLS) as these ingredients have been linked to an increased risk of cancer, lung and respiratory conditions.
You might be thinking how do regulators allow these products to be sold on the market if they are potentially hazardous, however monitoring every single cosmetic product is no easy task. The FDA (food and drug association) do not currently approve cosmetics before they hit stores or are sold on the Internet.Under current law, manufacturers of cosmetics also aren't required to register with the FDA or give the agency any information on ingredients found in their products. The FDA will only step in if there has been several adverse reports that could indicate the product is a potential safety hazard.
In order to avoid putting lots of potentially harmful chemicals on your skin, you should always look to use organic or natural ingredients where possible. Be careful to check ingredients carefully however, as a lot of companies will claim their products are completely natural when in actual fact they are full of chemicals.
One organic ingredient which is seeing a huge rise in popularity isbisabolol terpene, andingredient derived from the cannabis plant of all things! However it’s completely safe and has no psychoactive properties (you won’t get high).
Bisabolol Terpene is being touted as the next cosmetic wonder ingredient. Found in many plants including cannabis and German chamomile, it has a subtle floral smell and is used in many modern cosmetics. A completely natural ingredient, bisabololterpine has all kinds of beneficial properties and is ideal for use in skincare products due to it’s ability to make the skin more permeable, therefore more readyto absorb antioxidants and vitamins.
Bisabolol Terpene is known to have a variety of skin healing effects. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, making it ideal for soothing burns, skin irritations and rashes. This is because bisabololsignificantly reduces the production of cytokine, a main contributor to inflammation. Bisobolol Terpene is also an effective moisturiser and an excellent source of vitamin B.