All about: Active Ingredients

All those complicated ingredient names on skincare labels got you confused?
Don’t worry we’re here to help you decipher all things skincare in our All About Ingredients series . 
Starting with the very first ingredient on an ingredient label – The Active Ingredient.
But one has to also consider the strength of the active ingredients before deciding to introduce them to your skincare routine. Too much and your skin may not react well to the product, too little and you may not see the desired effect on your skin.

Why are active ingredients important?

A product is useless if it doesn’t have the ingredients required to fulfil its promise; this is where active ingredients come into play. Different ingredients will help tackle different issues.
Products without active ingredients are usually not strong enough to have a positive effect on the skin care condition or specific problem being treated.

How to identify active ingredients?

It is necessary to label products with the primary ingredients first. Some cosmetics may even list the active and inactive ingredients separately.
This is done intentionally to help you identify active ingredients.
Label
The label above has all the active ingredients highlighted like Carnauba, Paw Paw, Papaya but the primary ingredient listed first is Ricinus Communis (Castor) .

Downsides to using Active Ingredients

 
While they are essential in making a product work you should look out for potential side effects especially if using prescription products. Even more so if they are chemical based.
Having a list of the active ingredients in your skin care products can help you identify the culprits of any irritation.
If you suspect that a certain ingredient is causing skin problems, discontinue use immediately and contact your doctor.