Makeup ingredients can be as varied as the different languages in the world. It’s a really complex world out there – blurry ingredient lists, a range of chemicals, and cheap makeup that simply doesn’t work well.
We were in the middle of a conversation with our skincare experts; talking about blending only organic, clean beauty ingredients in our products, when something very interesting came up. One of the experts on our team said,
"While people usually consider skin care and make-up as two absolutely different things, they are actually intertwined. Skincare and make up both affect your skin. Whether it affects your skin in a good way or a bad way, depends on the ingredients used in the products. If people use harmful toxic ingredients in their make-up, their organic skin care won't do them any good. Ingredients can make or break your skin's health - this is why we ask pregnant women to be super cautious about skin care and makeup during their pregnancy."
Why Is It Important to Know Your Makeup Ingredients?
Finding the right ingredients in makeup is as important as finding the right ingredients in skin care. With the wrong ingredients in makeup, our skin can suffer from:
- Clogged pores
A lot of us utilise makeup to conceal our blemishes, and boost our confidence.
Plot twist: Your makeup ingredients itself are causing those blemishes. Eh…messed up, right?
It’s about time we do some weeding through the muddle, and save our skins from further destruction.
Makeup Ingredients that You Need
We noticed that while lot of blogs talk about ingredients to avoid while buying makeup, not many mention makeup ingredients that are must-haves. We want you to be absolutely confident and self-reliant the next time you go buy makeup at the store.
So, after a fair amount of research and debates, we have curated a list of the top 4 must-have ingredients in your make up:
Best Makeup Ingredients #1 Botanical Oils
Botanical oils such as argan oil, marula oil, sunflower oil, and rosehip oil help with the appearance of the skin. Their hydrating properties make the skin look younger and smoother. Trust us, noone's ever going to be able to guess your age right.
To top it off, these oils also have anti-inflammatory properties to soothe the skin, and are known to help in lightening wound scars.
Best Makeup Ingredients #2 Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid has unbelievable water retention qualities. It can hold moisture on the skin, which otherwise evaporates, leaving skin feeling dry.
Did we not mention redness, inflammation and premature ageing resulting from dry skin?
Not a lot of makeup products have hyaluronic acid in them, as makeup often doesn’t sit well on it. If your makeup doesn't have this potent hydrator as an ingredient, make sure you use a serum containing hyaluronic before applying makeup.
Best Makeup Ingredients #3 Antioxidants
We simply cannot keep our love for antioxidants locked up in a jar. They’re absolute all-rounders, and it would be a sin for them to not be part of your makeup ingredients.
So, what is it that’s so special about antioxidants?
- Resveratrol boosts the activity of mitochondria (powerhouse of the cell) and delays signs of ageing from appearing.
- Vitamin C is important to prevent pigmentation on the skin.
- Some studies have shown that vitamins A, C, and E, as found in most antioxidants, help in preventing skin cancer.
Bonus: Some antioxidants also help boost the shelf-life of products. What a game-changer, right?!
Best Makeup Ingredients #4 SPF
There’s no blogpost of ours, that doesn’t talk about the damaging effects that the sun can have on your skin. Sunny day or cloudy, UV rays are always lingering around in the atmosphere.
It is very important to block these rays, to prevent skin from pigmentation and premature ageing. In case a natural blocker is missing on the makeup ingredients label, make sure you slather on lots of sunscreen before applying makeup.
Furthermore, do not hesitate to pull out those hats, scarves and sunglasses that are sitting deep inside your closets. We could all do with some fun and colour! 😊
Note: Some blockers are physical (natural) while some are chemical. Make sure that your makeup has a good physical UV Blocker. Pregnant women especially should always go for a physical sunscreen instead of a chemical one.
In another world, makeup could be made from the best ingredients. Makeup could be clean, natural, and organic – all at once.
Truth is, with just a little diligence, information, and care, you could be living life in an idealistic world of the sort. So, are you ready to pick just the right makeup ingredients?