L'Oreal Men Expert Moisturiser: Under the Cap [Part 5]

July 29, 2019 216 Comments

L'Oreal Men Expert Moisturiser: Under the Cap [Part 5]

Most people use some form of moisturiser, or are familiar with what it “does” i.e. moisturise the skin.

 But why should I bother moisturising my skin?

The composition of your skin’s outer layer – the stratum corneum – is affected by environmental factors, age, and even genetics. As you get older, your skin becomes more dry and less plump. Moisturising can help slow that process down. If you shave often or your face is otherwise irritated, your moisturiser can soothe or calm the skin as well.

Aren’t moisturisers all the same?

There are actually 3 general types of moisturisers: oils, emulsions, or gel-based.

Oils

Lipids or botanical extracts mixed together with no presence of water.

Emulsions

Blend of water and oil, typically with a more milky/lotion like consistency. The term technically also includes more thick creams like foot creams.

*In the K-beauty world, emulsion is a term used to describe a specific ratio that’s more light/water-based.

Gel-based

Typically have no oils, but rather ingredients suspended in alcohol and water.

We can’t emphasize enough how much we think oils have changed our lives (smoother, more nourished and balanced skin). But during very hot summer days, some people prefer a more lightweight moisturiser. 

This week, we’re diving into the ingredients of a commonly used one by L’Oreal Men Expert.

L'Oreal Men Expert Birch Sap Moisturiser

Ingredient

Function

Notes

Aqua

Water

Helps make the moisturiser more lightweight and thin

Dimethicone

Silicone that increases spreadability

Forms barrier over skin – some find it irritating/acne-causing because it can clog pores. It’s a controversial ingredient in ‘natural’ skincare.

Glycerin

Moisturiser and Humectant

 

Zea Mays Starch / Corn Starch

Skin conditioning or viscosity increasing agent

 

Isohexadecane

Gives silky feeling

Component of petroleum

Sorbitan Stearate

Emulsifier – also thickens

Enables water and oil to mix

Pentylene Glycol

Humectant (hydrates the skin by preventing moisture loss)

Could be an allergen

Mentha Piperita Extract

Peppermint extract, refreshing and astringent

 

C13-14 Isoparaffin

Emollient and thickening agent

Mixture of mineral oils derived from petroleum

Stearyl Alcohol

Softens skin, thickens formulation

 

Mannose

Humectant and skin conditioning

Sugar that helps skin retain moisture.

Poloxamer 338

Emulsifier

 

Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate

Emulsion stabiliser and thickener

 

Disodium EDTA

 

Enhances the skin’s absorption of other ingredients.

Sucrose Cocoate

Emollient

Made from sugar beets and coconut oil. Increases creaminess of creams/lotions.

Caprylyl Glycol

 Skin conditioning agent

Has antimicrobial efficacy.

Citric Acid

pH balancer

 

Laureth-7

Emulsifier

 

T-Butyl Alcohol

Perfuming

Known to cause some irritation. Used for perfuming – has a camphor-life odor.

Betula Alba Juice

Birch extract – used for antioxidant and stringent properties

 

Butylene Glycol

Emulsifier

 

Butryospermum Parkii Seedcake Extract

Skin conditioning

 

BHT

Preservative

Butylated hydroxytoluene, comes from Toluene (a type of crude oil). Some countries require health warnings to be listed when BHT or BHA (a chemical cousin) is used in food products. May cause endocrine disruption and dermatitis.

Tocopherol

Vitamin E – skin conditioning

 

Potassium Sorbate

 Preservative

 

Sodium Benzoate

Preservative

To prevent products from growing mould and bacteria. Restricted usage in some countries.

Linalool, Geraniol, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Citral, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal

Fragrance components

When in quantities of .01% or greater, these fragrance components need to be listed out separately because the IFRA (International Fragrance Association) deems them to be allergens.

Benzyl Alcohol

Preservative

To prevent products from growing mould and bacteria

Parfum / Fragrance

Scent

Parfum is an all-encompassing term that can include 30-50 (or more) synthetic ingredients to add fragrance. Some people find it irritating on the skin

We’ve got 1 post left in our 6 part ‘Under the Cap’ series. Let us know if you’d like us to cover anything else in the comment below!



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