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Our Top 5 Good-For-You Ingredients

At Sculpted, skin is always in, and what we put on our skin matters a lot to us. Here are our top 5 favourite ingredients and why we love them. 

Good-For-You ingredient 1: Hyaluronic Acid 

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We’re really really big fans of this one. Like HUGE. 

The Science-y bit

Hyaluronic Acid naturally occurs in our bodies and acts like a magnet to attract and retain moisture, which instantly improves your skin’s hydration levels. It’s a gooey, slippery substance that can be found most commonly in the eyes, joints and skin.

Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Meaning just a quarter teaspoon of Hyaluronic could retain almost a gallon of water.

What are the results? 

There are many benefits of using Hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine, one benefit is its magnetic nature that helps to draw water from inside your body to the surface,  which in turn keeps your skin looking and feeling healthy, hydrated and plump.

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid:

- Brightens the skin

- Improves skin hydration

- Reduces wrinkles and scarring 

- Helps to heal wounds 

    Who can use it? 

    Just about everyone. As we naturally produce Hyaluronic Acid in our bodies, it’s pretty safe to use on all skin types, even the most sensitive, and it can also be used while pregnant or nursing. 

    Good-For-You ingredient 2: Niacinamide

    Satin Silk Foundation & Concealer

    Give us that Yummy Yummy Skin food. 

    The Science-y bit: 

    Niacinamide sounds more complicated than it is, it’s basically just a fancy word for a form of Vitamin B3, which is an essential nutrient that penetrates deep into your skin to renew your complexion from the inside out. You’ll find Niacinamide naturally in foods like fish, eggs, mushrooms and green veggies, but if you’re not a fan of your greens then you’ll find it in lots of skincare products too. 

    What are the benefits?

    Niacinamide is essential in your routine to protect the skin from environmental damage and to boost hydration levels. It improves skin texture while controlling oil and brightening your entire complexion. 

    It can lock in moisture to elevate the natural skin cell turnover which leads to younger, smoother skin. 

    Niacinamide benefits include:

    - Brightening the complexion 

    - Treating dark spots and hyperpigmentation 

    - Rejuvenating delicate skin such as the eye & lip area 

    - Maintaining hydration 

    - Improving texture 

      Who can use it

      Niacinamide suits all skin types, including those with sensitive skin. In fact, it’s often recommended for people with Rosacea as it’s so gentle and will not irritate the skin.

      Good-For-You ingredient 3: SPF

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      The one we wouldn’t live without, and you shouldn’t either. 

      The Science-y bit:

      SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and its main function is to protect the skin from UV rays, (which are what cause sunburn and premature ageing). It’s made up of compounds that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide that help to reflect UV rays. 

      The number beside SPF indicates how well it will protect your skin from the sun. No SPF can give 100% protection, but research shows that an SPF50 can protect your skin from about 98% of UVB rays. Anything above 50 is said to have no greater effect and an SPF30 applied properly, can act almost as well as an SPF50, protecting against approximately 96% of UVB rays. 

      What are the benefits? 

      Aside from the most obvious benefit, sun protection, SPF is actually one of the most powerful products you can use daily and probably, the most important one. It ensures you maintain an even complexion while protecting your skin against premature ageing. Too much sunlight can cause the skin to become uneven and also can increase the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. 

      SPF benefits:

      - Protects against UV rays 

      - Reduces risk of skin cancer 

      - Protects against premature ageing 

      - Evens out skin tone 

        Who can use it? 

        Everyone can use SPF and everyone should. Be mindful to wear the correct amount of any SPF product to ensure maximum protection. Read more here.

        Good-For-You ingredient 4; Centella Asiatica

        Velvet Veil

        A true Queen, the healer. 

        The Science-y bit:

        Centella Asiatica, also known as Gotu Kola or Tiger Grass, has been used for its healing properties for hundreds of years. It works to strengthen the skin’s barrier while acting as an anti-inflammatory for wounds and scarring.

        Centella Asiatica can lower the pH value of the skin to lock in hydration and reduce irritation and redness. 

        It is said that Centella Asiatica got its nickname ‘Tiger Grass’ because many years ago, tigers used to roll around in the plant to soothe their wounds and speed up healing. 

        What are the benefits

        As well as healing wounds and strengthening the skin, Centella Asiatica can be a huge benefit to dry skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It is effective at improving skin hydration and increases collagen to provide anti-ageing action. 

        Benefits of Centella Asiatica:

        - Improved skin hydration 

        - Anti-inflammatory 

        - Antioxidant & Anti-ageing 

        - Soothes & promotes healing 

          Who can use it

          Centella Asiatica works for all skin types, but particularly well for those with dry or acne-prone skin. 

          Good-For-You ingredient 5; Shea Butter 

          This one makes us love ourselves, and we think you should love yourself too

          The Science-y bit:

          Shea Butter is a creamy type of fat that can be found in the nuts from a Shea tree. It is rich in vitamins and fatty acids and acts as an emollient to soften and condition the skin. Although It stays solid at room temperature, it melts as soon as it comes in contact with the skin, making it deliciously easy to spread on your face.

          Although shea butter comes from a nut tree, it’s low in the proteins that can trigger nut allergies so it’s pretty safe to use topically. 

          What are the benefits:

          When you apply Shea butter to your skin, it rapidly absorbs to resort lipids and creates moisture, this makes it an excellent ingredient to have in your hydrating serum or moisturiser. It nourishes and conditions the skin and soothes dryness but this doesn’t mean it’s not for oily skin, in fact, the acids in Shea butter, linoleic acid and oleic acid, actually balance each other out making this an effective ingredient to hydrate & moisturise oily skin. 

          Benefits of Shea Butter:

          - Creates moisture on the skin 

          - Nourishes and conditions 

          - Soothes dry skin 

          - A balancing antioxidant 

            Who can use it:

            Everybody everywhere. And make sure you cuddle up and enjoy it too. 

            There you have it, our top 5 ingredients and why we love them so much. We hope this gives you more of an insight into what you are choosing to put on your skin when you choose Good-For-You Sculpted products.

            It really is Beauty Packed with Goodness. 

            Lots of love,

            Aimee & Team xx 

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