Makeup & Beauty

Skin-Loving Ingredients

Little factoid: I’m relatively new to the world of vitamins.

In fact, prior to 2011, the last time I can remember taking vitamins on a day-to-day basis they were shaped like Fred Flintstone and tasted like fruity chalk (and yet were so delicious!). Once I found out I was expecting, though, I began taking pre-natal vitamins every day, and yes: the results were amazing. My hair and nails decided to turn into little production powerhouses, and I felt worlds better than I ever had before.

Lesson: learned. (Sort of. These days, I have a solid 50% success rate when it comes to remembering my morning vitamin. But that’s better than zero!)

When I started using Simple Skincare sensitive skin products a couple of months ago, I was excited to see that although they’ve stripped out everything you don’t need – like dyes, fragrances, and other things that have the potential to produce unfortunate reactions – what they didn’t take out was the good stuff…like vitamins.

Right now, I’m testing out the line’s Smoothing Facial Scrub, which contains Pro Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E, both of which soften and smooth skin and improve its overall condition. Vitamin E is a particularly lovely addition to beauty products for sensitive skin for us other-side-of-thirtyers, as it speeds up cell regeneration and blocks free radical damage (in other words, helps out with the wrinkle situation).

What’s also nice about the Smoothing Facial Scrub is that it’s a much gentler exfoliant than many of the other similar products I’ve used – the rice powder that it contains strips away dead skin cells minus the harsh irritants that can cause flare-ups.

So I’m into Vitamin E and rice granules lately, but I want to know: what’s your favorite skin-loving ingredient?

  • Jaime

    I actually really like Simple – it’s huge here in the UK and I’m a fan of their moisturizers and make-up removers. For me, my favorite skin-care ingredient is rosehip oil, as introduced to me by fellow Ramshackle reader, Adeline. It does wonders for my acne-prone yet dry and dehydrated skin. I use the one by Trilogy as I think it’s the best, right before I put on my moisturizer at night. I can definitely see a noticeable difference when I use it, as my skin looks bright and even in the morning.