Topics: Sensitive Skin
Many people looking for a more natural and green path to cosmetics often look towards mineral makeup as an alternative to conventional heavy-set brands. There is this assumption that makeup made from earthy products such as minerals must be better and healthier for your skin. It’s true that there are some benefits to this type of makeup, which inspired its commercial debut in the 1970s, although its application is nothing new, even from ancient times, Cleopatra’s eye kohl and tribal war paint are all from mineral sources. However, just how beneficial is mineral makeup? What does it actually contain, what is it good for and where does it fall when compared to conventional products?
Topics: Skin Care Industry
Cream or Serum? How do you know you’re choosing the right one for your unique skin type? They appear to do the same thing, but choosing the wrong one for you can actually make certain skin conditions worse (Yikes!). Don’t worry, we can help. Here’s a breakdown of the benefits and limitations of each, so you can can decide which will be best to use on your skin without having to make any costly guesses - because ultimately, it will be your skin that will pay the price…
Moisturizing face creams have been around since time immemorial in one form or another. They are basically oil-based pastes that have the objective of moisturizing your skin. They are tried and tested and more or less everyone uses, or has used, some form of moisturizing cream in their lifetime.
Moisturizing creams can come in different textures, with heavier creams being better for dry skin conditions. In fact, normal to dry skin-types tend to benefit mostly from creams since they help to lock in as much moisture as possible.
While moisturizing is the primary purpose, the addition of active ingredients can provide added benefits to your skin, which is why you are presented with an abundance of different cream types in most stores, such as "anti-aging" or "rejuvenating" moisturizer creams. The best of these types of creams will feature actives like Argireline, Coenzyme Q10, Glucare S, Pentavitin, and Trylagen. After all, why just settle for a moisturizing cream when you can also enjoy the amplified benefits of powerful and effective active ingredients that help you maintain a more youthful appearance...
However, the thing to bear in mind is the oil-based, heavier texture that comes with creams. If you have an oily skin type, then creams (particularly heavy creams), can worsen conditions like acne or even cause breakouts as it is adding grease on top of grease, blocking pores and allowing oily build ups.
Since they made up of relatively larger molecules, they are not absorbed as lighter texture bases will. The barrier they form can have the result of "locking out" active ingredients if they are not blended properly with the cream's delivery "base". This is definitely worth bearing in mind if you are looking to apply other products in addition to your cream as part of your beauty regimen. So...
BENEFITS OF USING CREAMS:
- Effective for Normal to Dry Skin
- Tried & Tested
- Increased Benefits from added Active Ingredients
- Does not work well with oily skin
- Can worsen skin conditions like Acne
- Can block the absorbtion of Active Ingredients if not formulated properly
Serums, in contrast to creams, are relatively new to the beauty scene. They are innovative and uniquely suited to target individual skin woes. Serums are water- based products, making them a lighter product than creams. This means they are better generally for oily skin-types as it is not layering more oil onto the skin.