Here’s how skin care ingredients can be used for hair care
Cosmetic ingredients are developed to be more versatile; those formerly reserved for serums are now also found in make-up products. For example, a pore-purifying ingredient like charcoal can also remove grease from hair when used for its clarifying properties.
Hair care brands are now focusing on ingredients commonly associated with the skin, like hyaluronic acid, collagen, micellar water and more. Learn more about how skin care ingredients work for hair care.
Why choose active ingredients for hair and scalp?
The needs of skin and hair are different, but the same type of treatment can be used for both areas since the secret to shiny hair is a healthy scalp and the scalp is an extension of the skin. The latest hair care prefers a hybrid approach over the traditional one. It is wider because it provides solutions to protect and strengthen the hair while maintaining a healthy scalp. Just as you choose a specific ingredient to target a skin concern, you should do the same when choosing products for your hair. Here are some ingredients that you can incorporate into your hair care routine.
Micellar water should already be part of your skincare routine if you wear makeup. It is gentle on sensitive skin; best used for removing dirt, oil and makeup and cleaning the skin. Micellar water shampoos use the same technique and can be used for all hair types. It can also be used for chemically treated and damaged hair. “Micelles are tiny lipid molecules that act like a magnet for dirt and oil. Unlike other cleansing agents, micelles have a lipid core that binds to impurities while leaving key nutrients intact, rinsing to leave hair feeling clean and nourished. They are gentle yet powerful, making hair micellar water a top choice for effectively removing product build-up, pollutants, perspiration,” says Dr. Vidushi Jain, Director doctor from an NCR-based clinic called Dermalinks.
The age of our hair has a lot to do with our lifestyle and our genetics. It can become coarse and brittle and turn gray as pigment production decreases over time. UV rays are also the main cause of its aging and can deteriorate the proteins and color of the hair. “Collagen is an essential body protein. It is the most abundant protein in our body and it makes up about a third of our total protein composition,” says Dr. Vidushi. Collagen protein can cling to the surface of the hair, making it plump and soft. A good collagen hair mask can do wonders for your hair. Just as collagen provides skin with anti-aging benefits and improves texture, the amino acids in collagen help promote better scalp health and stronger hair growth. It takes between 12 and 16 weeks for collagen products to show results depending on hair thickness and hair follicle cell growth. said Dr. Vidushi.
Hair can suffer from dehydration, especially when the cuticle is eroded due to hard water, heat or chemicals. Hyaluronic acid not only benefits the hair strands but also the scalp. Humectant molecules attract and lock moisture into the skin, allowing collagen to thrive in the skin and scalp. When applied to the hair, the molecules coat the strands and hydrate them. It is also beneficial for protecting hair from heat and styling damage. Leave-in products work best when choosing one with hyaluronic acid.
In addition, Dr. Vidushi recommends the combination of actives like redensyl, capixyl and procapil to stop hair loss and stimulate the growth of new hair follicles.
However, like skin, every hair and scalp type is different with different needs and concerns. Also, many factors such as weather, water quality, underlying health conditions, and hair issues should be considered before creating or switching to a new hair care routine. Therefore, it is important to consult a dermatologist or trichologist before starting with any ingredient-specific hair care line.