5 Skincare Ingredients You Can’t Skip

October 21, 2021
5 Skin Care Ingredients You Can't Skip

In cosmetics, certain ingredients are really essential. We tell you all about these bestsellers, which have become our best allies.

Hyaluronic Acid Smooths The Corners

This molecule is naturally present in the skin, but, over time, its quantity decreases, so that the face loses its bounce and becomes dehydrated. 

The laboratories have succeeded in integrating this active ingredient in our care in different forms. 

Small in size (low molecular weight), it maintains skin hydration.

Larger in size (high molecular weight), it fills in wrinkles and plumps them up. 

It is an ingredient that can be used at any age and combined with any other skincare. Morning and evening, apply it without moderation!

We like: the Booster Serum with hyaluronic acid, Novexpert, € 50 (two to three drops of this certified serum containing four forms of hyaluronic acid moisturize and plump all skin types daily), the Bonne Nuit Aqua Perfect Jelly Mask, Nocibé, € 18 (which gives the skin rebound during sleep and promises a wrinkle-free complexion when you wake up) and Hydraphase HA Riche, La Roche-Posay, € 19 (based on thermal water and hyaluronic acid, this cream is enriched with shea butter to restore comfort to dry skin).

Retinol Smoothens Susceptible Skin

Well known to dermatologists, this vitamin A derivative has become the benchmark anti-aging molecule. 

No wonder, it smooths wrinkles, tightens pores, reduces dark spots, boosts collagen and elastin production. The only downside is that it is a little irritating and sensitive skin can not stand it. 

Apply it once a week… then two, then three if your skin is responding well. Be careful, it is better to use it in the evening and, the next day, protect yourself with a treatment with a protection factor because it sensitizes the skin in the face of sun exposure.

We like: Revitalift Laser x Pure Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Night Serum, L’Oréal Paris, € 20 (a night serum, to be applied under its cream for smooth skin upon waking), ROC single-dose capsules, € 40 (which to preserve the active ingredients and to use the right dose of product) and the 1.2% Retinol Complex Booster, HelloBody, € 30 (to slip under the night cream, it reinforces its effectiveness).

Vitamin C Brightens Gray Faces

We know it from food, but what we eat has difficulty reaching our skin. Yet, it is a champion for reviving the complexion, fighting oxidative stress, preventing the appearance of dark spots, and even stimulating collagen production. 

It is for this reason that it is present in many treatments. Be careful, pure vitamin C is fragile, it must be protected from light and heat. You can use a day cream with vitamin C or apply a serum based on this active ingredient under your sunscreen or your anti-spot care, to optimize its effectiveness.

We like: Glow Ritual, Antipodes, € 42 (a vegan serum with vitamin C, Kakadu plum oil, grapes, and kiwi, which acts as a super antioxidant shield), the Anti-dark spot serum, Mary Cohr, € 80 (vitamin C is added before first use, for high efficiency against brown spots) and Green Mandarin Brightening Vitamin Cream, Decléor, € 58 (the combination of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, for glowing and plump skin).

Bakuchiol Wins Naturally

Extracted from a plant of Indian origin, Babchi, it is used for its anti-aging properties and its ability to reduce blemishes. It also helps reduce pigment spots. 

It is therefore a very complete asset, which is often considered a natural alternative to retinol. The strengths of this ingredient lie in its naturalness and in the fact that it is very well tolerated by sensitive skin. It can thus be used by all skin types. It can be found in many clean and natural formulas.

We like: the Bakuchiol 1% Serum, Typology, € 14 (special for oily skin, this treatment with castor oil and bakuchiol regulates excess sebum and slows the appearance of blemishes), Beauty oil, Oryza, € 57 (a mixture of rice bran oil and bakuchiol, which helps the skin to repair itself, protects it from free radicals and prevents inflammation) and the DermAbsolu Fundamental Mask, Avène, € 35 (an express treatment, which restores comfort to the skin and boosts its radiance).

Niacinamide Reassures Sensitive Skin

Also known as vitamin B3 or vitamin PP, it helps the skin fight against aggressions and promotes healing. It calms skin inflammation. 

It can also help fade pigment spots and pimples. It is found in specific blemish treatments, in anti-stain products, in moisturizers. It is used in the prevention, to prevent the appearance of acne marks. It can also be combined with active ingredients that are sometimes deemed to be irritants. Sensitive skin loves it!

We like: the Concentrated Niacinamide Serum 10% copper and zinc, Aroma-Zone, € 4.20 (Niacinamide, zinc, copper, and vegetable salicylic acid unite to purify the skin and give it a clean appearance), Niacinamide 10% + 1% zinc, The Ordinary, € 5.90 (highly concentrated, it helps reduce pore size, soften the complexion and smooth the skin texture) and Mineral 89 Probiotic Fraction, Vichy, € 32.50 ( Vichy volcanic water and niacinamide help regenerate and repair the skin).

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Margaud Raynaud is a beauty expert with over 10 years of experience in the industry. She has a passion for sharing her knowledge and tips with others and has a particular interest in skincare and makeup. When she's not writing about health and beauty, Margaud enjoys trying out new products and experimenting with different looks. Follow her blog for expert advice and inspiration for living your best life.

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  • Hyaluronic helps the skin hold on to water, it aids hydrate the outer layers of skin, and also improve the skin appearance?. Thanks for the blog, I like what you share?

    Ava Matthews September 19, 2022 8:02 pm