SKINCARE INGREDIENTS DECODED
By Amelia Bell, 2 April 2019
'Kefir is a yoghurt-like ingredient, rich in vitamins and balancing bacteria, which helps soothe your skin. Small but mighty, this facial mist is ideal for a splash of on-the-go hydration. It's infused with Rooibos tea extract and soy-derived kefir ferment, plus aloe vera and coconut water, to give you a healthy-looking glow. The added bonus? Misting is the most portable skincare around – treat it just as you would a hand cream and use it anywhere, anytime!'
Noella Gabriel, co-founder of ELEMIS
'What can salicylic acid do for your skin? Most commonly, it's used for the prevention of breakouts, to reduce acne and inflammation, and deeply cleanse your pores. It also works to exfoliate your skin, reduce pore size and loosen blackheads. Our Nip + Fab salicylic pads couldn’t be easier to add to your morning routine – simply dab over your face in the morning and you’re good to go.'
Maria Hatzistefanis, founder of Nip + Fab
Alpha hydroxy acids
'Essentially, AHAs work as a gentle exfoliant by helping to unglue dead skin cells that can be making your skin look dull or flaky. The INKEY List AHA can be great for everyone, particularly people looking to try their first acid. We created our AHA as a middle ground between glycolic acid, which penetrates deeper into the pores, and lactic acid, which is more gentle and great for dryer, more sensitive skin types. Our AHA is a combination of fruit acids and helps to brighten and even the skin and give you that glow (especially in winter!). Our top tip? Use at night (you may want to start off with every other night if you’re new to AHAs), wear SPF during the day and use hyaluronic acid post cleansing for a hydration hit.'
Mark Curry and Colette Newberry, founders of The INKEY list
'Bakuchiol is a plant-derived, natural alternative to retinol: it’s a collagen boosting, skin-cell-turnover inducing powerhouse from the babchi plant that smoothes and softens skin. In the same way as retinol, it benefits acne-prone and ageing skin. Our Bakuchiol 1% (coming soon to ASOS) is ideally mixed into your daily moisturiser or serum, or can be used neat on the skin prior to moisturising (though patch testing before use is always recommended).'
Dominika Minarovic, co-founder of BYBI
'First and foremost, retinol – or vitamin A – helps speed up cell turnover and target fine lines. What sets Origins’ new retinol moisturiser apart? Not only does it support your skin’s youthful look, but the advanced hydrators replenish moisture reserves and help keep dryness at bay. For my evening routine, I use a few drops of our Mega-Mushroom Treatment Lotion to prep my skin. Next, I apply my AM-to-PM go-to, the Anti-Aging Power Serum, and finally, I massage a pea-sized amount of Plantscription™ Retinol Night Moisturiser. I can’t think of a better combo to fight the multiple signs of ageing.’
Lizz Starr, Origins Executive Director of Global Product Development