- Skin School
Skincare products can be formulated with any number of ingredients — humectants, extracts, preservatives and active ingredients, just to name a few. Simply speaking, actives are the ingredients in a formula that are scientifically-proven to address specific skin concerns.
In other words, they’re the ingredients that really help a product do what it promises to do. For example, if a spot treatment claims to clear up acne, it will probably contain an active ingredient like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
Make sense? Let’s break down some of the most popular active ingredients in skincare.
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Normal, oily and combination skin types. For sensitive skin, start gradually
Works well with
Moisturizing ingredients (also, sunscreen!)
Doesn’t mix well with
Citric acid or Alpha-hydroxy acids Benzoyl Peroxide
How often to use
Daily. Apply it in the morning for antioxidant protection all day long.