Skincare Ingredients, how to get the most out of your products without causing irritation

not all skincare plays well together. you may have invested in great products but you also need to know how and when to use them. to get the best results read our ingredients guidE

INGREDIENT: Retinol

USE: An active step in your routine typically a serum.

WHAT IT DOES: Retinol (derived from Vitamin A) is is a potent anti-ageing ingredient.

WHY: It is used to reduce fine lines, encourage healthy skin production and can be an excellent way to reduce scarring and pigmentation. Think of it as increasing the turnover of your skin.

WORKS WELL WITH: If using a Retinol serum or active look for a nourishing and hydrating moisturiser with ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, Glutathione.

NOT SO WELL WITH: If using an AHA (examples being Glycolic or Lactic acids)or BHA (Salicylic Acid) acid in the evening, its best to do alternate nights with your Retinol. If using Vitamin C then use that in the morning and the retinol in the evening.

INGREDIENT: Vitamin C

USE: An active step in your routine, often cleansing, masks or serums. It’s not so easy to ‘bottle’ so good formulations are important.

WHAT IT DOES: Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant so it has a positive effect on the skins surface like all other anti-oxidants.

WHY: To brighten and reduce pigmentation.

WORKS WELL WITH: Hyaluronic Acid, Glutathione, Ceramides, Squalane.

NOT SO WELL WITH: If using Vitamin C and Retinol together use Vitamin C in the morning and Retinol at night. The same would apply with AHA or BHA acids.

INGREDIENT: AHA’s like Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid

USE: Regular chemical exfoliation to improve skin texture on a topical level. Usually found in toners, treatment essences, sometimes masks and treatment products.

WHAT IT DOES: AHA’s work by removing dead skin cells which not only leaves your skin fresh and glowing but it also makes the products you then put on your skin absorb easier as there is less build up on the skin. An alternative to physical exfoliation.

WHY: Brightening, refining pores. Giving ‘glow’ to dull skin thats suffered with dead skin build up.

WORKS WELL WITH: Look for a nourishing and hydrating moisturisers and serums with ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, Glutathione.

NOT SO WELL WITH: Use on alternative nights to Retinol. If using Vitamin C use the AHA at night.

INGREDIENT: BHA’s like Salicylic Acid

USE: Used as an active for improving breakouts. Found in masks, cleansers or specific treatment products that focus on blemished skin.

WHAT IT DOES: Exfoliates in the same way as AHA’s but has the ability to penetrate the skin at a deeper level as it is soluble in oil.

WHY: Removes dead skin cells from clogged in pores, helps control oil production.

WORKS WELL WITH: Look for a nourishing and hydrating moisturisers and serums with ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, Glutathione.

NOT SO WELL WITH: Use on alternative nights if using Retinol. If using Vitamin C use the BHA at night.