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The A to Z Skincare Ingredients List

The A to Z Skincare Ingredients List

With lots of different beauty products to choose from, sometimes it can be difficult to decide what to use. Most are bombarded with a scary list of ingredients, making it difficult to decide if these are good for your skin or not. I have put together an A to Z Skincare list of ingredients that you should look out for to help keep your complexion healthy.

The A to Z Skincare List You Need

  1. Argan Oil
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    Argan Oil

    Argan Oil is a great natural and non-fragrant emollient, making it ideal to use on dry skin and hair.

    As the oil is full of essential lipids and fatty acids it is easily absorbed and works with the body’s natural moisturising agents to give your skin a boost. It is also rich in Vitamin E which helps to soothe and smooth your skin further.

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  2. Benzoyl Peroxide
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    Benzoyl Peroxide

    Used in many over the counter acne treatments, Benzoyl Peroxide helps to reduce the overproduction of oils.

    This helps to reduce pores from becoming blocked and therefore acne and blemishes from forming. It also has antibacterial properties which help to reduce P.Acnes bacteria on your skin.

    Although readily available, over use can cause dry and sensitive skin therefore only use this when needed.

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  3. Vitamin C
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    Vitamin C

    Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid, has great antioxidant properties and plays a vital role in the synthesis of Collagen as well as protecting your skin from free radicals.

    Vitamin C can also help fade brown spots, acne scars and mild sun damage, and has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a great ingredient to invest in.

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  4. Dimethicone
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    Dimethicone

    Dimethicone is used as the base ingredient for most primers to give your skin a smooth finish.

    It is based on the idea of a Silicone Polymer which smoothes out your skin. It is great at filling out wrinkles, but can cause skin clogging if not removed properly.

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  5. Vitamin E
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    Vitamin E

    It is known as the vitamin which repairs and protects your skin due to having exceptional antioxidant properties.

    It helps to keep your skin hydrated while also helping with anti-aging and the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles.

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  6. Flaxseed Oil
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    Flaxseed Oil

    Flaxseed Oil is a natural oil that is great for achieving an even and beautiful complexion.

    It helps to reduce hyperpigmentation, acne scars and blemishes. It is also known to be good at providing your skin with much needed moisture.

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  7. Glycerine
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    Glycerine

    Also known as Glycerol, Glycerine is most commonly used as a humectant in skincare.

    This means that it is able to attract moisture towards itself to keep your skin hydrated for long periods of time. Glycerine also helps with protecting your skin from external damage as it fills in any gaps on your skin which may otherwise be exposed.

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  8. Hyaluronic Acid
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    Hyaluronic Acid

    Hyaluronic Acid is a natural agent found in our skin which is purely there to keep your skin cells hydrated and healthy.

    As we age, the amount of Hyaluronic Acid declines and therefore its presence in topical applications is a great way to give your skin a youthful boost! As well as this, it protects against free radicals and also plays a role in reducing inflammation.

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  9. Inositol
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    Inositol

    Inositol has a similar structure and properties as Vitamin B and is known for its vital role in healthy hair and skin.

    It stimulates hair growth while retaining moisture to keep your hair hydrated. Due to its repairing nature, it can also help to reduce damage and splitting.

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  10. Jojoba Oil
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    Jojoba Oil

    This is one of the best oils on the market for use on skin as it resembles sebum which our bodies naturally produce.

    Due to this fact, it can be a great aid in the management of oily and acne prone skin as it helps to regulate sebum production. As well as this, it is also great at providing your skin with essential oils and vitamins making it suitable for any skin type without causing irritation.

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  11. Kaolin
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    Kaolin

    This is a name given to clay in skincare and is typically used in a lot of face masks (especially those targeting oily skin).

    It attracts excess oils out of your skin while also soothing any inflammation and aggravation. Kaolin also has great detoxifying properties and can be used by all skin types.

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  12. Lactic Acid
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    Lactic Acid

    One of the most commonly known AHAs, Lactic Acid has amazing exfoliating properties which makes it a vital ingredient in the management of acne and oily skin.

    It gently cleanses your clogged pores to prevent further blemishes. Due to being a great exfoliator, it is also ideal for those with dry skin as it helps to reduce the build-up of dead skin cells to reveal a healthy complexion.

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  13. Mint (Menthol)
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    Mint (Menthol)

    Mint can be soothing and cooling on your skin and help to fight blemishes.

    A lot of anti-acne products are based on this product thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so if you are suffering from congestion, it can be a good ingredient to include.

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  14. Niacinamide
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    Niacinamide

    This is a great overall ingredient and has multiple benefits for your skin.

    One of its main roles is the regulation of your skin barrier, which keeps your skin moisturised and protected. Niacinamide is also known to improve elasticity and the texture of your complexion, making it great to use in anti-ageing products.

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  15. Oatmeal
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    Oatmeal

    It is known to be a soothing, hydrating and anti-inflammatory natural ingredient which has been used in skincare for many years.

    Oatmeal is full of amino acids which are essential for protein synthesis, which helps to give this ingredient its repairing properties.

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  16. Peptides
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    Peptides

    Peptides are used in skincare due to their anti-aging properties, as they stimulate the production of Collagen in your skin.

    Due to their similarity to proteins in your skin, they are able to trick your body to producing this Collagen. They are also great at delivering other ingredients deeper in to your skin due to their small size and ability to penetrate.

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  17. Quercetin
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    Quercetin

    This is another overall great ingredient and is found to be a good antioxidant and naturally anti-inflammatory.

    Quercetin has also shown healing and protective qualities, which makes it an essential in all skincare routines.

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  18. Retinol (vitamin A)
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    Retinol (vitamin A)

    Retinol is used in skincare as an anti-aging ingredient.

    It promotes skin cell turnover, which allows the production of new healthy skin cells to give you a youthful appearance. It also has antioxidant properties and is great at protecting your skin from free radical damage.

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  19. Salicylic Acid
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    Salicylic Acid

    This is one of the most commonly used BHAs which has played a large role in maintaining and treating acne for years.

    Salicylic Acid is able to clear out your pores by cleansing them of dirt and excess oils to keep sebum production at bay. Due to this, it is able to prevent blemishes. It is also a great exfoliator and helps to remove dead skin cells.

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  20. Titanium Dioxide
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    Titanium Dioxide

    Usually found in sunscreens, pressed and loose powders, it makes for a very effective sunscreen protector.

    Titanium Dioxide shields your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation by absorbing, reflecting and scattering the light.

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  21. Urea
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    Urea

    The use of Urea in cosmetic products can lead to youthful, hydrated and wrinkle-free skin as it is one of the most moisturising ingredients in the beauty industry.

    It helps to maintain a healthy moisture balance in the skin and can be used to reduce dry skin by almost 50%, making it ideal for use in people with eczema and psoriasis.

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  22. Vitamin F
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    Vitamin F

    Vitamin F is great for improving the skin’s elasticity as it’s considered an essential fatty acid.

    It is not naturally synthesised in the body so it is essential to get it from foods or supplements. Without Vitamin F, skin and nails can become dry and brittle and can be more prone to peeling, splitting, bruising or breaking.

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  23. Witch Hazel
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    Witch Hazel

    Witch Hazel has been a favourite for people who suffer from acne as it is a natural astringent which can reduce inflammation and decrease oil on the skin.

    As well as this, it can help to reduce puffy eyes due to its skin tightening properties which refreshes the skin and tightens pores.

    However, Witch Hazel can be irritating on certain skin types so make sure you do a spot test beforehand.

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  24. Xanthophyll
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    Xanthophyll

    Commonly known as Lutein, Xanthophyll is an antioxidant and is therefore used in skin hydration products, especially ones that provide anti-ageing benefits.

    Despite it’s scientific name, Xanthophyll is a naturally occurring chemical found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale.

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  25. Ylang Ylang
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    Ylang Ylang

    This is an essential oil derived from the Cananga plant and is generally used as a fragrance for cosmetics.

    The use of the oil can range from enhancing your mood, to a natural energiser and preserving a youthful glow thanks to its moisturising properties.

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  26. Zinc
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    Zinc

    Zinc is used in cosmetics as a skin protectant and is therefore common in sunscreen products.

    It has also been found to play a big role in managing acne as it has anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties.

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Hira

Hira

Resident Pharmacist

With a Masters in Pharmacy, I am here to explain the science behind the beauty. I offer expert advice on ingredients, the latest Skincare trends, lifestyle choices and any skin concerns you may have. I enjoy travelling and taking part in running events like Tough Mudder and the Colour Run. Currently loving: La Roche Posay Eau Thermal