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SKIN CARE 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

Micro-Exfoliating Scrub

Algae extracts

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

Emollience | 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 | Antioxidant Lip Repair

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract

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

Featured In

Clarifying Clay Masque | Micro-Exfoliating Scrub | Simply Clean
| Hydra Balm

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

Bentonite clays

These natural Earth clays help clarify the skin, absorb excess oil and reduce shine.

Featured In

Clarifying Clay Masque

Beta glucan

Occurring naturally in the skin, this ingredient strengthens the skin's protective abilities and helps accelerate renewal of the upper layers of the skin.

Featured In

Epidermal Repair

Bisabolol

Derived from the chamomile plant, this anti-irritant helps calm and soothe the skin.

Featured In

Retinol 0.5 | Redness Neutralizer | Retinol 1.0

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. Eye Complex | A.G.E. Interrupter

BMX Complex™

Comprised of barley and tomato extracts, this ingredient helps reinforce the skin's barrier and prevents transepidermal water loss.

Featured In

Skin Firming Cream

Caffeine

This ingredient helps improve the look of under eye circles for a more vibrant, refreshed appearance

Featured In

AOX+ Eye Gel

Centella asiatica

This pharmaceutical-grade botanical extract supports collagen production and improves skin’s elasticity.

Featured In

Skin Firming Cream | Eye Cream

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

Clarifying Clay Masque | 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

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

Soothing Cleanser

Cucumber extract

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

Featured In

Phyto Corrective Masque | Soothing Cleanser | Phyto Corrective Serum

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

Dipeptide

Helps reduce the perception of heat sensitivity

Featured In

Phyto Corrective Masque

Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (licorice root extract)

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

Featured In

H.A. Intensifer Serum

Ectoin

Lauded for its ability to withstand extreme conditions, ectoin protects skin from environmental aggressors like UV, heat, cold, and chemicals, and helps accelerate skin's ability to repair itself.

Featured In

Skin Firming Cream | Eye Cream

Ellagic acid

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

Featured In

Advanced Pigment Corrector

Eperua falcata bark extract

Rich in flavonoids, this natural active reduces skin hyper-reactivity and protects against inflammation.

Featured In

Redness Neutralizer

Eucalyptus oil

With anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties, this oil cleanses, heals, and reduces redness and irritation.

Featured In

Conditioning Toner

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 optimize its 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 neutralizes free radicals and complements the antioxidant benefits of vitamins C and E for visible anti-aging benefits.

Featured In

Serum 10 AOX+
| Serum 20 AOX+ | Serum 15 AOX+ | AOX+ Eye Gel | C E Ferulic ® | Phloretin CF ® | Phloretin CF Gel

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

LHA Cleanser | Gentle Cleanser | Simply Clean
| Soothing Cleanser | Micro-Exfoliating Scrub | Metacell Renewal B3 | Redness Neutralizer

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 minimizes the build-up of dead skin cells to improve the appearance of the skin’s tone and texture.

Featured In

Blemish + Age Defense | Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight | Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser | Conditioning Toner | LHA Cleanser | LHA Toner

Gorgonian extract

A natural marine extract with anti-inflammatory properties

Featured In

Eye Balm

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 moisturizer when applied topically.

Featured In

Retexturing Activator Serum | Antioxidant Lip Repair | Body Retexturing Treatment | H.A. Intensifer Serum | Phyto Corrective Serum | Phyto Corrective Masque | Hydrating B5 Masque | Hydrating B5 Serum

Hydrolysed Rice Protein

Firms and tightens skin

Featured In

Body Tightening Concentrate

Hydroxy Acids

Provides exfoliation to help improve dry, dull skin.

Featured In

C + AHA Serum

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

Antioxidant Lip Repair | Retexturing Activator Serum

Hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid

Recognized 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 Serum

Hydroxyphenoxy propionic acid

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

Featured In

Advanced Pigment Corrector | Neck, Chest & Hand Repair

Kaolin clays

These natural Earth clays help clarify the skin, absorb excess oil and reduce shine.

Featured In

Clarifying Clay Masque

Kojic acid

Naturally produced by certain fungi, kojic acid helps improve the appearance of discoloration and skin brightness.

Featured In

Phyto Corrective Serum

Kombucha

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

Featured In

Retexturing Activator Serum

Lactic acid

Found naturally in sour milk, this alpha-hydroxy acid loosens and exfoliates dead skin cells to effectively promote cell turnover

Featured In

Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser

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 neutralize free radicals and helps protect against oxidative stress while providing visible anti-aging benefits.

Featured In

Serum 15 AOX+ | C + AHA Serum | Serum 20 AOX+ | Serum 10 AOX+
| AOX+ Eye Gel | Phloretin CF Gel | Phloretin CF ® | C E Ferulic ®

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

LHA Toner | LHA Cleanser | Blemish + Age Defense

Mexoryl® SX

Advanced, photostable UV filters protects against short UVA rays

Featured In

Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50+

Mexoryl® XL

State-of-the-art UV filters provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Featured In

Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50+

Natural cholesterol

Cholesterol is naturally found in the body and one of the predominant lipids found in skin. In topical skincare formulations, this ingredient is known to accelerate barrier recovery in aging 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 discoloration and blotchiness.

Featured In

Body Retexturing Treatment | Metacell Renewal B3

Olive leaf extract

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

Featured In

Phyto Corrective Serum | 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 minimize 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

Simply Clean
| Gentle Cleanser

Orchis Mascula Extract

Derived from the orchid flower, this extract acts as a calming agent that protects the skin and helps to restore skin’s surface.

Featured In

Soothing Cleanser

Palmitoyl tripeptide-8

This biomimetic peptide prevents and reduces increases in skin temperature and mitigates the inflammatory cascade.

Featured In

Redness Neutralizer

Petrolatum

softens and smoothes skin, while forming a film on the skin's surface to prevent moisture loss and protect against irritation; permeates throughout the corneum layer, allowing normal barrier recovery.

Featured In

Hydra Balm

Phloretin

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

Featured In

AOX+ Eye Gel | Phloretin CF ® | Phloretin CF Gel

Phytic Acid

Naturally present in legumes and seeds, this potent ingredient provides dual-action exfoliation and skin brightening effects. It helps to inhibit the impact of skin aggressors that can cause dullness, promoting skin clarity and glow.

Featured In

Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight

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 | H.A. Intensifer Serum | A.G.E. Eye Complex

Pumice

Fragmented from naturally-occurring pumice-stone, this potent ingredient provides mild, yet effective exfoliation of surface dead skin cells to refine texture and brighten skin.

Featured In

Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser

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. Intensifer Serum

Resveratrol

Known as the longevity molecule, resveratrol is sourced from grape skin, blueberries, raspberries, and various plants including knotweed. It has been recognized for its powerful antioxidant and anti-aging properties which include strengthening skin’s natural antioxidant defense system to help neutralize 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 aging skin. Retinol is shown to help improve uneven skin tone, promote cell turnover, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Featured In

Retinol 0.5 | Retinol 1.0

Ruscus aculeatus

Derived from a small evergreen shrub native to Western Europe, this ingredient helps reduce the appearance of puffiness

Featured In

AOX+ Eye Gel

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

LHA Toner | LHA Cleanser | Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser | Conditioning Toner | Advanced Pigment Corrector | Blemish + Age Defense

Silymarin

This strong antioxidant neutralises free radicals and prevents signs of ageing.

Featured In

Face Cream | Eye Balm | Antioxidant Lip Repair

Sodium methyl cocoyl taurate

An extremely mild cleansing agent derived from coconut.

Featured In

Foaming Cleanser

Sodium PCA

A high-performance humectant due to its moisture-binding abilities and exists naturally in the skin as a component of NMF (natural moisturising factor).

Featured In

Foaming Cleanser

sodium tetrahydro-jasmonate

Helps stimulate structural proteins to redensify skin and exfoliates to remove excess surface pigmentation.

Featured In

Neck, Chest & Hand Repair

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

Soothing Cleanser | LHA Cleanser

Soy isoflavones

Rich in isolated soy isoflavones, this ingredient helps improve firmness in ageing and mature skin

Featured In

Eye Balm | Face Cream

Squalane

a moisturiser and lubricant compatible with skin lips (human sebum is comprised of 25% squalane), membranes, and lipoproteins

Featured In

Hydra Balm

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
| Retexturing Activator Serum

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 Serum | Phyto Corrective Masque

Tinosorb® S

Photostable UV filter protects against UVA and UVB rays

Featured In

Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50+

Tripeptide

A peptide consisting of three amino acids that helps stimulate natural moisturising factor to fill skin with volume and helps support skin's structure.

Featured In

Body Tightening Concentrate

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-aging benefits.

Featured In

Metacell Renewal B3

vigna aconitifolia seed extract

Helps strengthen skin's structure and increases cellular renewal.

Featured In

Neck, Chest & Hand Repair

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 Serum | Hydrating B5 Masque

Vitamin E (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 neutralizing free radicals, moisturizing skin, and improving the appearance of visible skin aging.

Featured In

Daily Moisture | Resveratrol B E | C E Ferulic ® | Antioxidant Lip Repair | Eye Balm | Face Cream

Yeast Extract

Helps reinflate skin to alleviate crepiness

Featured In

Body Tightening Concentrate

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