Which ingredients should we look out for in skincare products?

June 2019
Outside The Box
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We sat down with Cosmetic Scientist and Founder of Shop Amelia Maysun for the low down on everything skincare!

Today’s edition is all about ingredients…

Which ingredients should we look out for in skincare products?

It’s not easy to narrow it down to a few ingredients… (wish there was a set list, that would make life easier).

Your skin is a complex and intricate organ; therefore, you will require more than a few ingredients to achieve your skin goals.

Here is a breakdown of what kind of ingredients your skin needs the most every day! Each group includes dozens of amazing ingredients that can provide amazing benefits. Look for products that contain a range of these ingredients to help improve your skin’s appearance.

ANTIOXIDANTS; provides healthier-looking skin tone by intercepting problems in the environment through a complex process to lessen their visible impact on skin. Both natural and lab-made antioxidants benefit skin.

SKIN REPLENISHING INGREDIENTS; this group of ingredients help revive skin’s surface, supplying long-lasting infusions of hydration which helps skin look and feel soft, smooth, and supple. With continuous use, these ingredients help skin resist moisture loss and maintain a smooth, plump appearance.

Look out for:

Hyaluronic Acid/ Sodium Hyaluronate



Fatty acids

Sodium PCA

Amino Acids

Salicylic/Glycolic Acids


These ingredients can bring about a renewed feeling of firmness and, over time, a more even-looking complexion.

Skin-restoring ingredients also help improve a dull skin tone and rough texture, also softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Look out for:




Linoleic and linolenic acids

Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (found in green tea)


Which ingredients should I AVOID in skincare products?

Alcohol (drying types of alcohol that you’ll most often see listed on an ingredient label as SD Alcohol, Dent. Alcohol. Don’t confuse these with good fatty alcohols, which are actually really beneficial for your skin such as, Cetyl, Stearyl and Cetearyl Alcohol).

Fragrance (research shows that fragrance, whether natural or synthetic, is a common sensitising ingredient for all skin types). Products forumlated with added perfumes can cause sensitivity and irritation.

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