January 10, 2022 4 min read

If you are into hair and skincare, you have probably heard the term "active ingredients" but may not be fully sure what it even stands for. To put it simply, actives are natural ingredients. These ingredients have been researched extensively and have scientifically proven to penetrate deep into the skin's cellular levels and change its structure. 

These active ingredients help protect, repair, nourish, hydrate, and rejuvenate cells. On the other hand, inactive ingredients are those that are used to formulate a product. These include emulsifiers that create the texture you find in moisturizers, fragrances that ensure your product smells amazing, and water that helps stretch the product further. All these inactive ingredients are essential to the making of a product, but they do not naturally benefit the skin.

Even though synthetic, inactive ingredients can help make a product smooth, ensuring easy application, the real value of money lies in the active ingredients and how they benefit the skin.

Why Your Skin Requires Active Ingredients?

Active ingredients in skin and hair care products keep you looking youthful and plump. For example, teenagers usually struggle with excess sebum that leads to an acne breakout. Salicylic acid is best used in this case to control blockages.

Moreover, sun exposure can dehydrate the skin, leading to signs of aging, and dulling of the hair. Active ingredients can help reverse the effects of sun exposure, reducing the risk of pigmentation and skin cancers. The truth is, everyone can benefit from active ingredients, regardless of gender.

Active Ingredients Used in Habibi's Hair and Skincare Line



1. Argan Oil

Argan oil is made from the seeds of the Argan tree, found in southwestern Morocco. The oil produced is great for better skin and hair. Argan oil in skincare helps provide a boost of hydration to the skin since it is full of vitamin E. It strengthens the skin barrier, allowing it to retain moisture and hydration.

Research shows that moisturizers containing Argan oil, such as Habibi's Face Moisturizer, is the best way to utilize this oil as it helps seal hydration. Moreover, since Argan Oil is extremely nourishing, it reduces signs of aging, making the skin look youthful. As we get older, our skin loses elasticity and collagen, leading to paper-like wrinkles. However, the good news is that topical Argan Oil helps improve the elasticity of the skin, especially in postmenopausal women.

In haircare, Argan oil is known to be a great hair moisturizer. This means that you can use it as a conditioning hair oil or even a mask. Since the molecules of Argan oil are smaller than those of other oils, it can penetrate the hair cuticles easily, making the hair instantly softer. If you suffer from dryness and tangles, Habibi's Argan Oil is a wonderful one-step solution. For the best results, leave the oil on for 30-minutes to lock in moisture.

Argan Oil also helps soothe an itchy scalp. When the weather gets dry, many of us suffer from dandruff and flakes. Regular use of Argan oil provides inflammatory benefits to the scalp while ensuring that the pores are not clogged. Many anti-dandruff shampoos strip the hair from it's natural oil. However, Argan oil keeps the hair moisturized and silky, while reducing dandruff. For the best results, take some Argan Oil is your palms and rub them together to warm it up. Then, start by gently massaging it into the scalp to stimulate blood circulation. Keep it on for 30-minutes to a couple of hours before washing it out.

2. Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Also known as Indian Fig Oil and Barbary Fig Oil, Prickly Seed Oil comes from a prickly pear that is part of the cactus family. The plant is native to parts of Mexico, United States, South America, Australia, Africa, and Morocco. 

Prickly Pear Seed Oilhelps reduce the appearance of fine lines on the skin, preventing premature wrinkle formation. Moreover, it also helps brighten the under-eye area, which tends to darken overtime due to age, poor diet, and skin dehydration. 

The vitamin E found in Prickly Pear Seed Oil is three times higher than that found in Argan Oil, which means that it is extremely hydrating. Moreover, it is loaded with Linoleic acid (a fatty acid) that has been proven to lighten hyper-pigmentation caused by sun exposure, lower water loss from the skin, increase hydration, and protect the skin barrier.

3. Hyaluronic Acid

Known as the holy grail of skincare, Hyaluronic Acid gel-like substance that can retain moisture well. Did you know that our bodies produce Hyaluronic Acid naturally so that the skin can retain moisture? It is also found in our joints, connective tissue, and eyes. However, as we grow older, our skin becomes less elastic and dry, causing wrinkles and fine lines to develop. 

Hyaluronic Acid is an anti-aging, moisturizing ingredient that can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. Found in Habibi's moisturizer, it helps boost skin hydration by keeping it radiant and moisturized. Moreover, since it has a large capacity to hold water, it is great to use after your 20's, especially if you want your skin to look healthy and young. Since it is an antioxident, it keeps the skin looking fresh and radiant.

3. Almond Oil

Almond Oil has been used for centuries to treat minor cuts and wounds, soothe the skin, and increase hair growth. Since Almond Oil is rich in vitamin B-7 (biotin), it strengthens the hair and keeps it healthy. 

Did you know that your skin is not the only thing vulnerable to the side effects of sun exposure? Over time, your hair loses its shine, and becomes limp and dry, all because of the sun. Almond Oil has a natural SPF 5, which means that you can warm up a few drops of it in your hands and apply it on your hair like a leave-in serum each time you step foot outside.

Moreover, Almond Oil can be used as a scalp treatment. Not only is it antibacterial, but it also has fungicidal properties that help it balance the yeast that is responsible for dandruff. Since it can penetrate the scalp easily, it cleanses the hair follicles and hydrates the scalp, as well as the hair, smoothing frizz and dryness.

Rameen Shakil
Rameen Shakil

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