Parabens, Free Radicals, Antioxidants, Peptides & Hyaluronic Acid: The Five Natural Beauty Terms You Need to Know.
We’ve all heard the phrase paraben-free by now and we know that it’s a good thing when we see it. How many of us actually know what it means though? How about words like peptides and hyaluronic acid? Are these ingredients good or bad? How many of us really know why we should use paraben-free butpeptide-packed cosmetics and skin care products?
All these terms can be a little confusing so we thought we’d give you a few quick facts and things to remember about natural cosmetics and ingredients to keep an eye out for, both good and bad.
What are Parabens?
Parabens are used in cosmetics as a preservative that stops fungus and bacteria from growing in your beauty and skincare products: creams, lotions, shaving gels, shampoo, sprays, deodorant, etc. Microbes love growing in moist makeup, and parabens are used to keep the microbes away. But, there are multiple problems with using parabens in these products, one of which is that they mock estrogen-like behavior, affecting the body’s hormone levels, and, consequently, are thought to bring on early puberty, particularly in young girls. Parabens are believed to make skin more sensitive and have been known to cause irritation in some people. They are also thought to be dangerous after long-term use. Some believe that there are ties to cancer, though research hasn’t made final conclusions there yet.
What are Free Radicals?
Now let’s talk about Free Radicals. There’s a chance that you might think that free radicals are a good thing just by their name. Free of things often is good, right? Well, not in this case. Free radicals essentially break down living cells in our bodies, so applying beauty and skincare products that include free radicals directly on our skin is not a smart move. It is important to know, though, that the body does produce free radicals on its own, they are normal and actually help our immune systems against viruses and bacteria, but when they are produced in excess, often compounded by environmental and external factors such as smoking cigarettes and pollution, they are really bad.
What are Antioxidants?
Thank goodness, Mingle cosmetics use so many health-promoting ingredients that combat things like free radicals and parabens. One of those key combatants are antioxidants. We eat foods high in antioxidants (pomegranate, berries, and dark chocolate, just to name a few) that help to protect against disease and other health related events. Vitamins E and C are two key antioxidants that combat against damage to the body resulting from the production of free radicals and, not at all unintentionally of course, they are two key ingredients in Mingle Cosmetics.
What are Peptides?
Mingle Cosmetics also include peptides (there are many types of peptides and they all have different functions). The peptides in Mingle products are able to penetrate the top layer of skin when applied and communicate to collagen when you need more of it. One particular peptide, Matrixyl, actually stimulates collagen production. Peptides also do other really helpful things like reduce inflammation, and even help to relax your facial muscles, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. One piece of advice when it comes to peptides: keep using them. It’s when you stop using them that you really see the difference they’re making, so keep the regimen going and you’ll love the smoothness and softness of your skin for years to come.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
And last but not least, of these ingredients that we often hear about but might not quite know what it is is hyaluronic acid. Is it good or bad? Do you want it to be present in your makeup or do you want it to be free of it? In short, you do want it in your makeup. In Mingle Cosmetics, hyaluronic acid is used to lock in moisture. We use it in our lipstick, combined with shea butter and celadrin, and it helps keep lips looking full, fresh, smooth, and soft. And kissable. Never forget the kissable part.