Product Knowledge Skincare

Product knowledge assignment.

By Hilary Garner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In this assignment I will be documenting the uses, benefits and dangers of 5 botanical and 5 chemical ingredients currently found in skin care products. I will make references to their properties and explain why they may be suitable for certain skin types and conditions. Most botanical ingredients are naturally derived and can stimulate blood circulation and can deep cleanse the skin without stripping it of oils. They are rare to provoke an allergic reaction but therapists should be aware of any previous reactions in the client who has allergies and sensitivities. Chemicals used in skin products can be artificially produced and have a much stronger effect. The 5 botanical ingredients I will discuss are lavender, calendula, menthol, liquorice and comfrey. The 5 chemical ingredients are triclosan, alpha hydroxy acids, lactic acid, glycolic acid and salicylic acid..

This is one of the most popular essential oils added to skincare products. It is extracted from the flowering tops of the woody shrub. It has a fresh aroma and has many therapeutic properties. When used in a cream or lotion its soothing and anti-inflammatory action can help skin heal quicker and prevent scarring. It can also be used for dermatitis. Eczema, acne and sunburn. Although lavender oil is considered to one of the safest essential oils there may be some individuals who are allergic to it.

This is an organic compound with a characteristic minty smell. It is derived from peppermint or the eucalyptus plant. When applied topically to the skin it...