Is less more, or is that just another cliche?

in Skin Care Products .

How many ingredients are in your face cream, and does the number really matter? Maybe not you’ll say, as long as everything in there is good for your skin.

But if we move away from face cream for a moment and think about this in terms food. The current consensus of thought is that we should be eating food with fewer additives and preservatives in them.

After all the human digestive system has been around for thousands of years yet these added ingredients have only been around for a relatively short period of time.

The same can be said about your skin.

That’s one of the reasons why the Seabuckthorn Face Cream with Betulin from Sylveco is one of our most popular items. It only contains 9 ingredients which isn’t that many when you compare it to some of the others out there on the market.

Also it doesn’t have any preservatives, but the downside of that is that it has be used within 3 months from opening, a small price worth paying we believe.

So what’ is Sylveco Seabuckthorn Face Cream with Betulin made of?

Aqua, Glycine Soja (soyabean) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Cera Flava (beewax), Vitis Vinifera (grapeseed) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil (sea buckthorn), Betulin, Sodium Stearate and Citric Acid (all shown in the picture below).

sea buckthorn cream

Most of the ingredients are self-explanatory, apart from Sodium Stearate and Citric Acid, so we did some research and found out that:

  • sodium stearate is a naturally occurring fatty acid, it stabilises emulsions making them thicker and creamy, it is a major ingredient of soap
  • citric acid is naturally found in citrus fruits and it’s often used to adjust the pH of skin care products, or as a chelating agent (binds metals ions, e.g. zinc, copper, magnesium preventing the product from auto-oxidation)

The cream is bright orange but that shouldn’t be surprising as the main ingredient in it is sea buckthorn oil, an oil from golden-orange berries of Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea buckthorn) - a plant that grows in sandy soil in the mountainous regions of China and Russia.

This plant is mainly valued for its berries which are rich in healthful components such as vitamin C, vitamin E, folic acid, carotenoids (they give the fruit orange colour), flavonoids, organic acids and oils rich in fatty acids. Thanks to its flavonoids and vitamin C, sea buckthorn is a potent antioxidant.

You can find out more about Sea Buckthorn from the Institute of Traditional Medicine.

So there is really nothing in this cream that has nasty or unclear qualities.

This isn’t to say that all face creams with more ingredients in them are bad. Far from it, there are some very good ones out there, and we always think it’s right for everyone to discover what is right for them and their skin.

All we’d like you to do is think about what you put on your skin in the same way that you think about what you put in your body.

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