A Guide to Popular Skin Care Ingredients
If we read nutrition facts on our food, shouldn’t we know our skin care ingredients, too? There are a handful of popular ingredients out there, used in a variety of forms and products that aim to keep your skin beautiful!
But while you’re building a skin care routine personalized to your needs, how do you know which ingredients to look for on the labels? Below are some well-recognized skin care ingredients and where you can find them in our Paradise Dermatology product line.
Hyaluronic acid is a popular ingredient for hydrating and plumping the skin. It’s a powerful molecule, able to absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water. With HA, skin looks more youthful, radiant, and pillowy-soft.
Known for speedy cell turnover and creating collagen, glycolic acid is great for anti-aging, hydration, and more. Glycolic acid dissolves dead skin cells and deconstructs excess skin oils for a natural exfoliation.
Salicylic acid, most often used in acne treatment, removes dead skin cells that clog the pores. It’s oil-soluble, which is why it’s able to break through the lipid barrier of the skin to clear out acne at the source.
Retinol is derived from vitamin A, and is known for its plumping effects as well as improving skin texture and tone. While acting as an exfoliant on the surface, retinol also boosts elastin and collagen deeper within the skin.
Ascorbic acid is simply another name for vitamin C. As a skin care ingredient, ascorbic acid fights toxins that penetrate the skin. It also hydrates, reduces inflammation, and protects against sun damage when combined with sunscreen.
Zinc oxide is a common and effective ingredient you’ll find in most sunscreens, as it naturally reflects UV light. In addition to its use in sunscreen, zinc oxide also assists in wound healing and sealing in moisture.
A well-known natural emollient, shea butter is most often recognized as a moisturizer—however, it’s also a great ingredient for reducing redness. Shea butter leaves skin feeling soft and soothed.
One of the classics of both natural skin care and first aid, aloe vera soothes burns and inflammation, boosts collagen, seals in moisture, and more. Aloe vera is a helpful ingredient for those with psoriasis or eczema.
Coconut milk is a natural moisturizer that also helps maintain the skin’s elasticity, making it a great anti-aging skin care ingredient. It is much less greasy than coconut oil and soothes dry or irritated skin with ease.