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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EMOLLIENT AND A HUMECTANT?

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Emollients and humectants are two common types of ingredients that are used in skin care products, but they both have quite different functions. From the moisture-attracting properties of humectants to the skin-smoothing benefits of emollients, here are a few of the differences between the two.

 

Humectants

Humectants are quite unique substances, as they are able to bond with water molecules, which then increases the moisture content of your skin. They attract water from the environment towards your skin, making them hugely effective when it comes to hydration. When it comes to the different humectants out there, glycerin tends to be the most commonly used, and this is because it is one of the most effective humectants when it comes to water binding. Other humectants include hyaluronic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, and some sugars.

 

Emollients

Emollients are moisturizers that are able to soften and smooth the skin without actually adding any moisture to it. They do this by spreading themselves out across the surface of the skin, forming a layer of protection that then helps to prevent any moisture loss. They are also able to fill in any gaps between skin cells, which then helps to make the skin much more flexible, while greatly improving its appearance. Emollients tend to be categorized into two types, oil-based, and water-based. While the oil-based ones are heavier and slightly greasier, these are perfect for those with dry or dehydrated skin, whereas the thinner water-based emollients are great for normal or oily skin.

 

Combining Emollients and Humectants 

As you can see, emollients and humectants both perform quite different tasks, so while each one will no doubt be beneficial to just about every skin type, they are most effective when combined and used together. Fortunately, many skin care products out there already do this for you, and you are likely to find that the majority of high quality serums and moisturizers will already contain both emollients as well as humectants.

 

Choosing a Product that Contains Emollients and Humectants

When it comes to choosing a product that contains both emollients and humectants, it is usually best if you are able to test these out on your skin first, before making your purchase. Some emollients, as well as humectants, can leave a slight residue behind on the skin, so it is always a good idea to see how your own individual skin reacts to this before investing in a new product.

 

Emollients and moisturizers are both fantastic for the skin, and should be used on a daily basis in order to experience the very best results. Whether you do this in the form of a moisturizer, a serum or a skin oil, consistency is definitely key, so be sure to make this a regular part of your skin care routine.

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TRENDING SKIN CARE INGREDIENTS THAT WILL SURPRISE YOU

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Trends help to keep the skin care industry fresh and exciting, while providing consumers with new ideas for ways in which they can boost the health of their skin. This year, there are a number of new skin care ingredients that have come into the spotlight, as they have been proven to bring the skin so many different benefits.

Yuzu 

Yuzu, also known as yuza, is a citrus fruit that is primarily grown in Asia, and is packed with vitamin C. This is an ingredient that often makes it into high quality juices and Japanese dishes, but has been proven to really be able to nourish the skin too. From protecting it against premature aging to brightening the complexion, this is a completely natural and effective ingredient to add to your skin care regime.

Probiotics 

Consumer studies have shown that 72% of consumers are interested in using skin care products that contain probiotics, and this is hardly surprising when you consider the surge in popularity that probiotics have experienced in recent years. While scientists are still on the fence about exactly how effective probiotic skin care products are, the formulas that are already on the market promise everything from hydration to reduced redness, making them well worth a try.

Leafy Greens 

There are many leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, that are considered to be superfoods, and, in addition to bringing a wide range of nutrients to your body when consumed, they are also able to nourish your skin with all of their antioxidants. Superfoods are able to provide the body with the building blocks needed to function optimally, and by using them directly onto your skin, you will be amplifying this effect.

Bamboo 

Bamboo has been recognized for its medicinal properties in Asia for centuries now, but has only recently begun to make its way into skin care products. Bamboo is able to mimic the skin’s natural moisture, while acting as a humectant at the same time, meaning that it is able to draw moisture from the air into the skin. A face mask that contains bamboo sap is the best way to utilize this ingredient, as face masks give active ingredients enough time to really work their magic.

Birch Juice 

Birch juice is tapped directly from birch trees, and, thanks to its abundance of minerals, amino acids and sugars, is being touted as the new coconut water. In addition to significantly hydrating the skin, birch juice is also able to help maintain a positive oil-moisture balance, making it ideal for those with oily skin.

There will always be new skin care trends popping up, and some of them are well worth taking note of. However, when trying new ingredients and products on your skin, always remember to start off gradually, doing a patch test first to ensure that your skin will not negatively react to any of the ingredients.

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THE INCREDIBLE VITAMIN A

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Often called one of the best wrinkle fighters, vitamin A really packs a punch when it comes to normalizing skin functions and rectifying skin issues. Many praise its anti-aging abilities, calling it the gold standard of skin care because of its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. There is no magic pill against aging, but certain vitamins certainly come close in terms of improving the quality and appearance of your skin. So if you’re serious about reducing your dull skin, wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging, vitamin A is the right ingredient to look for in your skin care. This infographic from OROGOLD Cosmetics highlights vitamin A explains all the details you could want to know about this vitamin including how it works, its different forms and where it can be found.

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B VITAMINS FOR YOUR SKIN

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There are eight B vitamins and all eight of them are known to work wonders for your skin. For example, vitamin B1 helps your body to improve its cardiovascular health. And when the body circulates blood better, your skin automatically looks better. Vitamins B3 and B5 can make the skin maintain its hydration and vitamin B5 is also known to be beneficial for acne. Did you know that the OROGOLD 24K Multi-Vitamin contains many of these B vitamins? Find out more about this exciting collection and the benefits that B Vitamins have to offer to your skin through this beautiful OROGOLD B vitamin infographic.

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VITAMINS

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One of the articles to look forward to this week is an article titled “How Vitamins Affect Your Appearance”. This article shall be posted on OROGOLD.com later on during the week and it shall offer you with insights on what role vitamins play in beautifying your skin and exactly how each vitamin affects your overall appearance.

When there are so many vitamins out there, how can you know which ones you need? OROGOLD is here to help! OROGOLD WordPress shall be discussing the answer to precisely this question with the “Which Vitamins are Worth Taking” article.

Another article that we are really excited about is scheduled to be posted on OROGOLD Stores. Titled “Historic Look at Vitamins”, this article takes you back into time and talks about how these vitamins were first discovered by mankind. Researcher William Fletcher might have discovered the importance of vitamins while researching on the causes of a disease known as Beriberi in the year 1907, but there were a few others who also played a huge role in bringing vitamins to the forefront and educating the world about their importance.

How To Use OROGOLD is scheduled to post an article titled “Can you Overdose on Vitamins?” This article is a must read for anyone using skin care products to treat their skin because it helps you to understand how important it is to use skin care products as directed by specialists. In this article, OROGOLD tells you why the excessive intake of vitamins can have negative consequences on the body and helps you to choose the right amount of vitamins for your skin care routines.

An article titled “Vitamin D Helps Your Mood” that will be posted on OROGOLD School shall talk about the importance of Vitamin D in the human body. Although the sun’s rays can be quite damaging to our skin, they are the best source of Vitamin D. And it turns out that Vitamin D has now been linked to a chemical known as Serotonin. For those of you not in the know, Serotonin is a brain chemical that is extremely crucial to fighting anxiety and regulating your moods.

Finally, OROGOLD Giveaway features Vitamin E in an article titled “A Vitamin That Fights Aging?” In this article, OROGOLD helps you to understand exactly why Vitamin E is so important for your skin as well as your health.

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SALAD INGREDIENTS FOR BLEMISH FREE SKIN

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It’s great to want blemish-free skin, but you need to be prepared for the long haul. Unless you’re one of those few lucky ones, you need to put in a considerable amount of effort to make your skin look healthier and younger. Moreover, you don’t just need to treat it from the outside, you need to take care of it from the inside as well. This section helps you to understand how to treat your skin from the inside using these 5 salad ingredients for blemish-free skin. Click through to read more about Salad Ingredients for Blemish Free Skin.

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