Beauty bloggers rave about it. More and more products containing it are appearing on drugstore shelves. But what is it about allantoin that makes it so special?
Turns out, this all-star ingredient does a whole lot of good for people with sensitive skin and basically anyone seeking a silky smooth complexion.
If you're a skincare nerd like us, you're probably obsessed with researching skincare ingredients - especially the new ones with a lot of potential. And allantoin is one of them. Just because it doesn't get as much attention as ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, and glycolic acid, doesn't mean you should dismiss it.
To help you decide whether it's worth incorporating into your skincare routine, we've put together a little guide explaining this buzzing skincare ingredient, how it works, and what it can do for your skin. Here we go...
Allantoin, otherwise known as aluminium dihydroxy allantoinate, is a naturally derived additive usually extracted from plants like comfrey, beets, chamomile, tobacco seeds, and wheat sprouts. It's also often created in a lab from glyoxylic acid.
Allantoin is similar to ingredients like vitamin e and glycerin due to its versatility. You may not realize it, but you've probably been slathering allantoin on your skin for years - that's how common it is.
"Its main purpose in skin care is as a skin-soothing agent," explains David Petrillo, cosmetic chemist and founder of Perfect Image. "It is also moisturizing and can also help clear out dead skin cells."
You'll find this ingredient in a slew of skincare products such as cleansers, moisturizers, toners, exfoliators, and face masks.
Still, that doesn't even scratch the surface of what this superhero ingredient can accomplish with its range of skin-transforming superpowers. More on that now!
Allantoin can improve your skin in multiple ways.
Allantoin acts as an emollient, hydrating the skin and preventing dryness and irritation. It's perfect for treating dry skin and sensitive skin types.
"Although rigorous scientific studies are lacking, there is anecdotal evidence that it helps moisturize the skin by exfoliating and removing dead skin cells that prevent natural humectants from binding and retaining water in the skin," says Beverly Hills-based dermatologist Jennifer Herrmann, MD, FAAD.
To get the best results from allantoin, choose a lotion that contains allantoin but is balanced with an occlusive agent like silicone or wax to counter loss of moisture and really boost its effects.
It Gets Rid of Bumpy, Rough Skin
Thanks to its keratolytic properties, allantoin sloughs away dead skin cells to promote the growth of fresh cells for smooth skin texture. Think of it as a form of exfoliation to replace old, dead skin cells with fresh, new ones for baby-soft skin.
What's more, skincare pros say allantoin can even out the skin tone for a smoother, clearer complexion, minus hyperpigmentation.
It Reduces Signs of Aging
Allantoin is an effective anti-aging ingredient. That's because it's highly beneficial in facilitating collagen synthesis. It does this by stimulating fibroblasts which helps produce collagen and strengthens the extracellular matrix synthesis for skin rejuvenation effects.
Paired with its potent hydration abilities, allantoin is a truly worthwhile anti-aging ingredient for helping you turn back the clock and reclaim youthful skin.
It Soothes Skin Irritation
Allantoin is chiefly known as a calming agent. It calms and protects the skin by forming complexes with irritant agents. In other words, it's ideal for soothing irritated skin.
When it comes to caring for inflamed skin, many people turn to the conventional ingredients like aloe vera. As awesome as aloe is at treating irritation, allantoin works just as effectively. It just doesn't get the credit it deserves.
According to the derms, allantoin can also treat skin conditions like eczema and even breakouts caused as a result of irritation.
It Promotes Skin Healing
Allantoin is loaded with tissue-repairing properties that can help your skin heal faster. It's known to promote wound healing and is often use to treat irritated or injured skin. Paired with vitamin C in skincare formulations, allantoin works even harder to boost skin repair and can even assist in fading scars and discoloration on the skin.
It Brightens Skin
Allantoin promotes cell proliferation and offers brightening effects for dull complexions.
According to dermatologist Ava Shamban, skin cell turnover slows down when the skin is stressed as it's too busy trying to repair itself.
"What we want to do with the epidermis is to have it constantly exfoliating itself and having more cells be produced because that’s how you get a faster transit time of the epidermal cells," she explains. And because allantoin can effectively exfoliate the skin, it works a treat in speeding up that transit time.
Shamban adds, "As people get older, then that transit time from the base layer of the epidermis to the top layer takes longer and also the skin is stressed, and those are some of the causes of dull, dry skin, too. This is going to help with that cell proliferation."
Looking for skincare products with allantoin in them? Our top suggestion would have to be Truly's brand new collection of butt-clearing, brightening formulas, aka, the Berry Cheeky Bundle.
Inside, you'll find a butt polish, serum, and butter all designed to firm, brighten, and clear your butt. And all formulated with allantoin.
Thanks to allantoin's natural healing processes, these products hydrate, balance oily skin, and deliver antioxidants for a super smooth, glowing butt. With daily use, you'll get your booty sculpted and in shape ready for those long chilled out days at the beach. Just remember to wear sunscreen!
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Allantoin is an effective skincare ingredient with a number of different uses. Whether you're seeking hydration for dry skin, relief for irritated skin, or a nice glow for dull skin, allantoin can cater for all your skincare needs. From now on, start hunting out products that contain allantoin - you wouldn't want to miss out on all those juicy benefits, would you?