Getting active with your skincare

‘Active’. It’s not a buzzword when it comes to skincare, but it is a word you’ll see a lot, both in beauty blogs and on beauty products themselves. But what does it mean, and how does it affect your skincare in either a positive or a negative way? Let’s take a look. 

What are ‘active’ ingredients? 

You may have heard the term ‘active’ ingredients on TV advertisements, or even seen it on your skincare products. All it simply means is that the ingredients in your products are actually designed to target the problem you’re using them for – that the product is doing what it says it’ll do. Which is a good thing! So if you’re looking to treat dry skin, and the product you’re using says that it contains active ingredients to target that problem, then it’s doing exactly what it’s supposed to. Money well spent. 

It’s not just talk either – products that advertise their active ingredients have been thoroughly tested to ensure that they deliver on their promises. So you can be sure that your product’s claims have science to back them up – giving you peace of mind, along with beautiful, healthy skin. 

Common active ingredients 

While there are many types of active ingredients found within skincare products, the most common are: 

  • Ceramides: fat molecules (lipids) that keep your skin smooth, plump, and moisturised, while protecting it from external environmental damage. 
  • Niacinamide: used to fight inflammation, improve skin elasticity and treat conditions such as acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation. 
  • Hyaluronic acid: helps to hydrate and moisturise dry skin, and fight the signs of aging. 
  • Vitamin C: an antioxidant that helps to protect against UV rays, while keeping your skin younger-looking and firmer to the touch.
  • Retinol: packed with anti-aging properties, this vitamin A derivative keeps skin bright and healthy while treating conditions like acne, fine lines, wrinkles, and clogged pores. 
  • Beta-Hydroxic Acid (BHAs): a type of chemical exfoliant that helps to remove dead skin cells, reduce oiliness and inflammation, and improve the skin’s texture and colour.
  • Alpha-Hydroxic Acid (AHAs): also a form of exfoliant, AHAs keep skin smooth, firm and hydrated, while allowing for new skin cells to be generated.

It’s worth mentioning that while active ingredients are important, inactive ingredients are just as important in skincare products – either in helping to safely deliver the active ingredients to your skin, or in general cleansing and moisturising. So every part of your skincare product is designed to give you the radiant, healthy skin you deserve. 

Using skincare with active ingredients

So what can you expect when starting to use skincare products with active ingredients? Weirdly, that your skin may get better before it gets worse, so be prepared.

In fact, if your skin does break out after trying a new skincare product, this is a common side effect, and completely normal. There’s even a name for it – purging – and it differs from a regular breakout in a number of ways. 

When your skin starts to purge following a change to your skincare routine, what’s actually happening is that the active ingredients are bringing what’s already under your skin to the surface in a far quicker way than usual. So you would still have had a breakout anyway – it’s just that your new skincare product is speeding up the exfoliation process. 

As the aim of many treatments is to polish or exfoliate the top layer of skin to reveal the smooth, younger-looking skin underneath, this type of breakout is actually a good sign – one that your product is working. And, provided that your skin is actually purging rather than breaking out, you should continue to use the new product in order to see the end result. 

Purging vs breaking out

But how can you know whether your skin is simply purging, or whether you’re having a genuine acne breakout? 

Firstly, by the condition of your skin. Purging is usually characterised by blackheads, or bumps just underneath the skin’s surface, although sometimes it can manifest as breakout spots too. If you’ve been using a product with retinol as its active ingredient, you may also have a case of the ‘retinoid uglies’, as they’re known – a condition where your skin becomes red and peeling as it adjusts to the product when you first begin to use it. Actual acne, on the other hand can take many forms, such as whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, cysts and nodules, and can be tender to the touch. 

Another indicator that your skin may be purging rather than breaking out is if you’ve introduced a recent change to your routine – such as using a new skincare product with active ingredients. If, however, you’ve begun using a new cream, or new makeup products, you could be suffering from a breakout, and may want to consider switching to a different brand. 

Easing into active ingredients with O’ri

If you find that your skin is purging, there are a number of ways to relieve this – either to continue using your new product until you see the results you’re looking for, or to introduce new products slowly, until your skin adjusts. 

Another solution, however, is to prevent purging before it starts by choosing a product that delivers the active ingredients to your skin in a soothing, gentle way – and it’s here that O’ri can help.

Thanks to ground-breaking patented Pheroid© technology, the active ingredients in O’ri skincare are transported directly into the layers of skin in which they’re needed most. In this way, the ingredients are easily absorbed, helping to replenish and rejuvenate, while keeping your skin firm, hydrated, and protected. 

With this unique delivery system in place, complete with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, you can be sure your skin gets all of the good, and none of the bad. That’s the power of Pheroid© technology, and that’s how O’ri takes care of your skin, from the inside out. 

References: 

1. https://www.self.com/story/what-are-actives-in-skin-care 

2. https://louiseroe.com/2019/09/02/active-skincare-ingredients-101/ 

3. https://www.wheninmanila.com/8-skincare-active-ingredients-and-what-they-actually-do-to-your-skin/ 

4. https://www.byrdie.com/skin-purging-4844146 

5. https://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/skin-purging-whiteheads 

6. https://beyondbeauty.health24.com/active-ingredients-introduce-skincare-regime/ 

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