Key Ingredients in Skincare

There are thousands of different cosmetic products on the market, all with differing combinations of ingredients. Figuring out what your skin needs is key when putting together your ideal skincare regimen. You want effective skincare that’s tailored to your most pressing skin concerns, whether it’s the inevitable aging, dry or dehydrated skin, problematic acne skin, clogged pores, dull or sensitive skin. To try and make your job of choosing skincare that will work for you, we have compiled a page of tried and tested key ingredients in skincare to look for, as well as identifying what each of these key ingredients actually does.

At NASCENT we bring you the best in cosmeceutical skincare. We only work with products containing key active ingredients, which are clinically proven in treating skin concerns.

We are Authorised Stockists and Certified Practitioners in the professional skincare ranges of Aspect, Aspect Dr, Aspect Sun, Cosmedix, Cosmedix Elite, Colorescience, Dermaquest, DermaFrac, PCA skin and Societe. We sell both In-clinic and Online, and can offer consultations and advice to help you select the skin care products that will make a difference to your skin.

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We wish we could teach everyone how to make sense of the information contained on a cosmetic ingredient list. Why? Because therein lie the facts about the effectiveness and function of almost any skincare product you’re considering. However, deciphering an ingredient list isn’t easy, especially if you don’t have a background in cosmetic science or cosmetic formulation. Ingredients in today’s skincare products include alpha-hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, hydroquinone, retinol, kojic acid, stem cells, botanicals, peptides and more.

Learn their effects on wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and other skin problems. The contents of this page identify some of the more important active key ingredients, a brief description and an option to read more about that key ingredient as well as find skincare products containing that key ingredient, which will help you select skincare and makeup products, so you can make informed decisions and take the best possible care of your skin!

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Some of the most important key ingredients in skincare

Amino acids are the building blocks of all proteins and peptides and are absolutely essential to your skin’s health.

In order to stay youthful, skin needs certain nutrients that allow it to maintain its structure and systems of self-repair.

Antioxidants are naturally occurring vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, B, C, E, and green tea – that protect your skin against free radicals.

Antioxidants intervene to defend your skin against pollution and environmental damage, and work deep down to improve how skin works.

A native North American plant with natural anti-inflammatory properties, used to soothe sensitive or environmentally stressed or irritated skin.

Canadian Willowherb also has anti-bacterial qualities that can help deal with Propionibacterium Acnes (p Acne), the bacteria that causes acne.

Hyaluronic acid has restorative abilities & can boost skin’s moisture content, soothe & defend against moisture loss. 

Capable of holding up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, making it an optimal hydrator for all skin types.

Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) used in over-the-counter skincare products and professional treatments. 

Lactic acid is used to exfoliate the skin, lighten dark spots, and improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Peptide proteins are the foundations of your skin responsible for its texture, strength and resilience. 

Without peptides, our skin is less intact which can lead to a loss of firmness, the appearance of wrinkles, a change in texture and less ‘bounce’.

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For youthful skin to thrive it needs collagen and elastin, which free radicals can affect the production of. Resveratrol is a particularly potent antioxidant that neutralises free radical damage and allows the collagen to keep on pumping. 

A beta hydroxy acid (BHA), this ingredient addresses many of the causes of acne. As an exfoliant it helps shed dead skin. It can penetrate into the pore lining and exfoliate inside the pore as well as on the surface of skin, making it especially effective for reducing breakouts, blackheads and whiteheads.

Retinol is the name for the entire Vitamin A molecule used in skincare. It is a powerhouse ingredient that has value for skin on several fronts. It’s a skin-restoring, wrinkle-smoothing, firming ingredient and an antioxidant, allowing it to improve a variety of skin concerns, most related to visible signs of aging.

Also known as niacinamide or nicotinic acid. A very effective skin-restoring ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging & blemish-prone skin. Among these benefits is the ability to visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, & a weakened skin surface.

Niacinamide reduces the impact of environmental damage because of its ability to improve skin’s barrier (its first line of defence).  Can play a role in helping skin to repair signs of past damage. Left unchecked, this type of daily assault makes skin appear older, dull, and less radiant.

Vitamin C’s benefits for skin are vast, including its ability to even out skin tone and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While this powerhouse ingredient is well-known for its skin-brightening benefits, research also shows it can shield skin from the visible impacts of environmental stressors, including free radical damage. This synergy of mitigating problems both before and after they occur makes Vitamin C a force to be reckoned with.

You may also find it listed in skincare as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, L-ascorbic acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, ascorbyl palmitate, ascorbyl glucosamine, and ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate.

One of the most well-known and researched antioxidants for the body and for skin. Vitamin E occurs naturally in human skin, but can become depleted due to constant environmental exposure in the absence of sun protection.

There are eight basic forms of the entire fat soluble vitamin E molecule, which are either synthetically or naturally derived. The most typical forms are d-alpha-tocopherol, d-alpha-tocopherol acetate, dl-alpha tocopherol, and dl-alpha tocopherol acetate.

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