Skin Care Ingredients Explained


Have you ever been shopping for new cosmetics or skin care products and been completely confused about the ingredients? You’re not alone! Here is a little cheat sheet on some popular skin care ingredients to help you next time you’re reading labels. Enjoy!


Word on the box: Retinyl Palmitate

Translation: Vitamin A

Definition: This is a form of Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that stimulates cellular turnover and slows collagen breakdown. This makes the ingredient perfect for fighting wrinkles and other signs of aging. Since Vitamin A comes in many forms with different strength levels, you might also find it listed as retinol or retinoic acid.


Word on the box: Ascorbyl Palmitate

Translation: Vitamin C

Definition: Vitamin C is a regenerative antioxidant that has skin brightening effects. If this is one of the first ingredients listed on the box, use this product at night!


Word on the box: Tocopherol

Translation: Vitamin E

Definition: One of the best and most powerful antioxidants, Vitamin E prevents dryness and signs of aging, as well as fades scars and stretchmarks.


Word on the box: Sodium Hyaluronate

Translation: Hyaluronic Acid

Definition: This ingredient can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it a popular ingredient for moisturizing products. By hydrating your skin, hyaluronic acid can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.


Word on the box: Camellia Sinesis Extract

Translation: Green Tea Extract

Definition: Green tea is a soothing antioxidant rich ingredient that can reduce the effects of sun damage.


Word on the box: Hamamelis Virginiana Extract

Translation: Witch hazel extract

Definition: This gentle astringent absorbs excess oil, tightens pores, and soothes skin.


Word on the box: Ubiquinone

Translation: Coenzyme 10

Definition: Ubiquinone is an antioxidant that regenerates collagen, smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and creases.


Word on the box: Dimethicone

Translation: Silicone based polymer

Definition: Any super slick primer you’ve ever used features this ingredient. It fills enlarged pores and wrinkles so your foundation can glide smoothly onto the skin’s surface, resulting in an airbrushed effect.


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