Skincare Ingredients Dictionary

Skincare Ingredients Dictionary


AERATED SILICA

Known as airlicium, this synthetically-derived ingredient can absorb up to 15x its weight in oil to help mattify skin complexion.

FEATURED IN Mineral Matte UV Defense SPF 30


ALGAE EXTRACT

Algae refer to a simple group of aquatic organisms capable of conducting photosynthesis. In skincare, some algae extracts have been shown to act as emollients and soothing agents capable of delivering a variety of nutrients to skin.

FEATURED IN DAILY MOISTURE


ALLANTOIN

Derived from the root of the comfrey plant, this potent ingredient promotes a healthy skin barrier by increasing water content in skin, effectively replenishing and smoothing its surface.

FEATURED IN GENTLE CLEANSER


ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT

Naturally occurring in aloe vera, this potent leaf extract has cooling and refreshing properties that are linked to its rich, moisturising gel. It is known to have a synergistic effect when used in conjunction with other soothing ingredients.

FEATURED IN SIMPLY CLEAN


ALPHA TOCOPHEROL

The most abundant, pure form of vitamin E, this powerful antioxidant can be derived synthetically or sourced naturally from a variety of foods including vegetable oils. Alpha tocopheral plays an important role in neutralising free radicals, moisturising skin, and improving the appearance of visible skin ageing.

FEATURED IN C E Ferulic l DAILY MOISTURE l RESVERATROL B E l FACE CREAM


ARTEMIA SALINA

This plankton extract helps boost skin’s natural defences and resistance to UV- and heat-induced stress.

FEATURED IN SHEER MINERAL UV DEFENSE l MINERAL RADIANCE UV DEFENSE


BAICALIN

A flavonoid antioxidant derived from the roots of the baical skullcap plant, baicalin is a potent antioxidant with skin calming properties, shown to help protect skin from environmental aggressors.

FEATURED IN RESVERATROL B E


BLUEBERRY EXTRACT

A naturally derived antioxidant, blueberry extract helps fortify skin’s matrix and prevent the appearance of wrinkles and laxity.

FEATURED IN A.G.E. INTERRUPTER l A.G.E. EYE COMPLEX


CERAMIDES

Ceramides are waxy, lipid molecules naturally present in the stratum corneum that play a key role in skin lipid barrier function. When applied topically, ceramides work synergistically to help increase skin hydration and promote optimal barrier function. SkinCeuticals ceramides are formulated synthetically to be bioidentical to skin’s natural ceramides.

FEATURED IN TRIPLE LIPID RESTORE 2:4:2


CHAMOMILE EXTRACT

Derived from the matricara flower, this potent extract has effective soothing actions that calm and comfort the skin.

FEATURED IN SIMPLY CLEAN


CITRIC ACID

Found naturally in citrus fruits, this alpha-hydroxy acid helps promote cell turnover to exfoliate and smooth skin. It can also act as a preservative in formulations to protect stability.

FEATURED IN CORRECT BLEMISH + AGE DEFENSE


COCONUT OIL FATTY ACIDS

Found naturally in coconuts, these fatty acids are used in cosmetics for their emollient and emulsifying properties. When incorporated into surfactants they help reduce surface tension and facilitate cleansing.

FEATURED IN SIMPLY CLEAN l GENTLE CLEANSER l BLEMISH + AGE DEFENSE


CUCUMBER EXTRACT

Naturally found in cucumbers, this non-sensitising extract has high quantities of vitamin C and amino acids which are known to help nourish, hydrate, and soothe the skin.

FEATURED IN PHYTO CORRECTIVE l PHYTO CORRECTIVE MASQUE


DIOIC ACID

Naturally found in various animals and vegetable fats and oils, dioic acid helps reduce excess sebum while diminishing P.acnes bacteria. This ingredient has also been shown to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone. SkinCeuticals only uses vegetable-derived dioic acid in its formulations.

FEATURED IN BLEMISH + AGE DEFENSE


DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE (LICORICE ROOT EXTRACT)

Dipotassium glycyrrhizate is the principal component of licorice root. This potent ingredient is recognised for its ability to help even out skin tone and has been shown to help preserve hyaluronic acid content in the skin.

FEATURED IN H.A. INTENSIFIER


ELLAGIC ACID

A naturally occurring polyphenol antioxidant found in fruits and berries that has been shown to help improve the look of skin discolouration.

FEATURED IN ADVANCED PIGMENT CORRECTOR


FATTY ACIDS

Naturally found in a variety of animal and vegetable sources including fish, seeds, and nuts, fatty acids aid in the structural integrity of skin lipids to optimise overall lipid balance. SkinCeuticals only uses vegetable sources of fatty acids in its formulations.

FEATURED IN TRIPLE LIPID RESTORE 2:4:2


FERULIC ACID

A powerful antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants such as wheat, rice, peanuts, oranges and apples, ferulic acid neutralises free radicals and complements the antioxidant benefits of vitamins C and E for visible anti-ageing benefits.

FEATURED IN C E FERULIC l PHLORETIN CF GEL l PHLORETIN CF


GLYCERIN

Synthetically derived or found naturally in the lipids of animals and vegetables, this powerful humectant possesses water-binding properties that help deliver intense hydration. SkinCeuticals only uses vegetable-derived sources of glycerin in its formulations.

FEATURED IN METACELL RENEWAL B3 l EMOLLIENCE l DAILY MOISTURE l ANTIOXIDANT LIP REPAIR l PHYTO CORRECTIVE


GLYCOLIC ACID

Derived synthetically or found naturally in sugar cane, beetroot, grapes and other fruit, this alpha-hydroxy acid helps facilitate skin’s natural exfoliation and minimises the build-up of dead skin cells to improve the appearance of the skin’s tone and texture.

FEATURED IN BLEMISH + AGE DEFENSE l BLEMISH + AGE CLEANSER l BLEMISH + AGE SOLUTION


HYALURONIC ACID

A natural humectant capable of holding 1,000 times its own weight in water. Hyaluronic acid is the body’s natural hydrator, making it an excellent moisturiser when applied topically.

FEATURED IN PHYTO CORRECTIVE l PHYTO CORRECTIVE MASQUE l HYDRATING B5 MASQUE l RETEXTURING ACTIVATOR l HYDRATING B5


HYDROXYETHYL UREA

Derived synthetically, this humectant helps replenish and maintain skin’s moisture levels. In addition to its powerful hydrating ability, it also helps promote cell turnover.

FEATURED IN RETEXTURING ACTIVATOR


HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID

Recognised for its exfoliating properties, this aminosulfonic acid derivative works enzymatically to help break the bonds that bind dead cells to the skin’s surface for even exfoliation.

FEATURED IN RETEXTURING ACTIVATOR


HYDROXYPHENOXY PROPIONIC ACID

A non-toxic derivative of hydroquinone that helps fade the appearance of discolouration and improve uneven skin tone.

FEATURED IN ADVANCED PIGMENT CORRECTOR


KOMBUCHA

A byproduct of the tea fermentation process, this naturally derived ingredient is known to help promote smooth, radiant skin.

FEATURED IN RETEXTURING ACTIVATOR


L-ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C)

Synthetically derived or found naturally in citrus fruits, l-ascorbic acid is lauded for its superior antioxidant benefits. This highly potent form of pure vitamin C helps neutralise free radicals and helps protect against oxidative stress while providing visible anti-ageing benefits.

FEATURED IN C E FERULIC l PHLORETIN CF l SERUM 10 l PHLORETIN CF GEL l AOX+ EYE GEL


LHA (CAPROLOYL SALICYLIC ACID)

A derivative of salicylic acid, this lipo-hydroxy acid helps promote cell turnover via targeted exfoliation. It has also been shown to decongest pores and refine the skin’s surface.

FEATURED IN BLEMISH + AGE DEFENSE l BLEMISH + AGE SOLUTION l BLEMISH + AGE CLEANSER


NATURAL CHOLESTEROL

Cholesterol is naturally found in the body and one of the predominant lipids found in the skin. In topical skincare formulations, this ingredient is known to accelerate barrier recovery in ageing skin. SkinCeuticals natural cholesterol is derived from a purified isolation of wool wax.

FEATURED IN TRIPLE LIPID RESTORE 2:4:2


NIACINAMIDE (VITAMIN B3)

Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin found naturally in yeast, meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables, beans, and cereal grains. Topical application of niacinamide has been shown to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier and reduce the appearance of discolouration and blotchiness.

FEATURED IN METACELL RENEWAL B3


OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT

Derived from olive leaves, this emollient plant extract is rich in antioxidants including oleuropeine and hydroxytyrosol. Its moisturising properties make it beneficial for dry skin types.

FEATURED IN PHYTO CORRECTIVE l PHYTO CORRECTIVE MASQUE


OPTICAL DIFFUSERS

Designed to reflect and redirect light, optical diffusers help spread light evenly across a surface. In skincare, optical diffusers disperse light to help minimise the appearance of skin imperfections or uneven tone around the eyes.

FEATURED IN A.G.E. EYE COMPLEX


ORANGE OIL

Naturally found in citrus fruit, this essential oil helps to refresh, refine, and invigorate the skin.

FEATURED IN GENTLE CLEANSER


PHLORETIN

Derived from apples and the root bark of fruit trees including pear and grapefruit, this antioxidant neutralises damaging free radicals and improves uneven skin tone

FEATURED IN PHLORETIN CF l AOX+ EYE GEL l PHLORETIN CF GEL


PHYTOSPHINGOSINE

This ceramide derivative helps facilitate skin’s natural barrier repair process.

FEATURED IN A.G.E. INTERRUPTER


PROXYLANE™

Derived from beech wood through an environmentally-efficient process, this patented molecule helps support skin’s matrix and restores water to skin. Proxylane is easily biodegradable, non-bioaccumulatable, and non-eco-toxic.

FEATURED IN A.G.E. INTERRUPTER l A.G.E. EYE COMPLEX


PURPLE RICE EXTRACT

Derived from the seed of oryza sativa linne, a type of rice originating in China, this extract helps preserve hyaluronic acid content in skin.

FEATURED IN H.A. INTENSIFIER


RESVERATROL

Known as the longevity molecule, resveratrol is sourced from grape skin, blueberries, raspberries, and various plants including knotweed. It has been recognised for its powerful antioxidant and anti-ageing properties which include strengthening skin’s natural antioxidant defence system to help neutralise free radicals.

FEATURED IN RESVERATROL B E


RETINOL

A form of vitamin A (retinoic acid) that is clinically proven to help improve the appearance of ageing skin. Retinol is shown to help improve uneven skin tone, promote cell turnover, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

FEATURED INRETINOL 0.3


SALICYLIC ACID

Often used as a key ingredient in topical acne products, this beta-hydroxy acid is extracted from the bark of willow trees. Salicylic acid exfoliates skin, refines pores, and reduces the formation of acne when used at an appropriate concentration.

FEATURED IN BLEMISH + AGE DEFENSE l BLEMISH + AGE CLEANSER l BLEMISH + AGE SOLUTION

l ADVANCED PIGMENT CORRECTOR


SORBITOL

A sugar alcohol found in plants with a protective outer skin, this natural humectant draws water to skin’s surface and helps maintain adequate moisture levels.

FEATURED IN BLEMISH + AGE CLEANSER l DAILY MOISTURE l DAILY MOISTURE l EMOLLIENCE


SULFONIC ACID (HEPES)

This synthetically derived acid activates natural enzymes in skin to help break the bonds that bind dead skin cells to the surface for even exfoliation.

FEATURED IN SIMPLY CLEAN l RETEXTURING ACTIVATOR


THYME EXTRACT

Found naturally in the leaves and flower of the thyme plant, this botanical extract is high in thymol, known for its anti-septic and skin soothing benefits.

FEATURED IN PHYTO CORRECTIVE MASQUE l PPHYTO CORRECTIVE


TITANIUM DIOXIDE

Titanium dioxide is a natural mineral used as a mineral UV filter. This key sunscreen ingredient forms a barrier on the skin to reflect and help protect against UVA and UVB rays.

FEATURED IN MINERAL RADIANCE UV DEFENSE l MINERAL EYE UV DEFENSE SPF 30 l MINERAL MATTE UV DEFENSE SPF 30 l SHEER MINERAL UV DEFENSE


TRANSLUCENT COLOUR SPHERES

Comprised of iron oxide spheres, this colour-infused technology enhances natural skin tone and boosts radiance while providing a universal tint for most skin tones.

FEATURED IN MINERAL MATTE UV DEFENSE SPF 30 l MINERAL RADIANCE UV DEFENSE


TRI-PEPTIDE

Peptides are compounds consisting of two or more linked amino acids (natural proteins). The number of amino acids that make up a peptide determine whether it is a di-peptide (2 peptides), tri-peptide (3 peptides), or more. In topical skincare formulations, some peptides are shown to help provide anti-ageing benefits.

FEATURED IN METACELL RENEWAL B3


VITAMIN B5

Also known as pantothenic acid and found naturally in salmon, avocados, sunflower seeds, broccoli, and more, this essential nutrient helps promote the skin barrier’s natural repair process. SkinCeuticals only uses vegetable-derived sources of vitamin B5 in its formulations.

FEATURED IN HYDRATING B5 l HYDRATING B5 MASQUE