Salicylic Acid isn’t scary. Promise. It’s an exfoliating, acne-fighting ingredient that can dive through the oil on your skin and into your clogged pores. Then, it breaks up all the gunk and debris (the stuff that causes blackheads or whiteheads and can lead to angry, red pimples). Salicylic Acid, which comes from the bark of willow trees, has fabulous anti-inflammatory effects. That means it’s outstanding for irritated, inflamed skin but it’s also super effective at getting rid of all the dry, dull, dead skin cells and revealing your happy, healthy skin cells. Wow is right.
One of the world’s original pimple stoppers, Benzoyl Peroxide is a triple threat. For starters, BP (as it’s lovingly abbreviated) is an antibacterial that targets the bacteria that causes acne. It’s also an oxidizer, which is a fancy way of saying it pulls air into your pores that breaks up the dirt, oil, and bacteria that can lead to breakouts. And last, but definitely not least, BP is an anti-inflammatory that brings relief to the pain, redness, and swelling of your breakouts. Don’t mess with an original, right?
All hail Retinol. No, seriously. Is there anything this ingredient can’t do? It talks to your collagen (that’s what keeps skin strong and firm) and instructs it to stop breaking down so quickly. It thickens the deepest layer of your skin, which keeps fine lines and wrinkles in check. It works away at brown spots. It stops darker pigments in their tracks. How on earth does it do all this? By encouraging your skin cells to (literally) die, so your body can grow fresh new ones. It’s the total package.
Sulfur may smell funny but its skin care benefits are no joke. This natural mineral is an antibacterial and antifungal… an all-around germ slayer. It’s great at loosening up dead cells to make way for fresh new layers of skin. It’s also known for pulling filth out of our skin, including extra oil. Speaking of oil, Sulfur stops your skin from producing so much sebum. (Too much sebum can mean breakouts). We especially love that it does all this without dehydrating or drying out your skin too much. That makes it the ideal ingredient for sensitive skin. Who’s joking now? Definitely not those blackheads.
Our favorite nickname for Glycolic Acid? Gentle Giant. Don’t let the word “acid” fool you. It’s actually much gentler than physical scrubbers. Glycolic Acid has tiny molecules that can easily make their way into any type of skin. And while it’s in there exfoliating, it’s also multitasking: pulling water into your skin for hydration, telling your collagen to step up its production game, and encouraging your dead cells to peace out and make room for the next generation. Gentle Giant, indeed.
Hyaluronic Acid is a hydrating hero. It’s a liquid that our body naturally produces to keep our skin moisturized and plump, and it has the capacity to hold 1,000 times its weight in water. Yes, really. But as we get older, that natural Hyaluronic Acid starts to disappear. So using it in your skincare is a great way to give your skin a serious dose of fine line eliminating hydration. It’s tiny molecules reach deep into your pores and then expand, giving you that plumped, hydrated, glowing complexion. Everyone’s body contains Hyaluronic Acid, so every skin type will soak it right up.