4 Need To Know Skincare Ingredients

Let’s be honest, the skincare industry is an absolute minefield. Beauty jargon is baffling and with an incredibly oversaturated market it can be difficult to understand what products are right for your skin type. When friends come to me for tips they want to understand what ingredients are actually necessary for their skincare regimes. There’s so much ‘noise’ about what you should be doing. There’s always a new breakthrough ingredient, but does it work and what is it right for you?

I’ve been a skincare enthusiast for as long as I can remember and after three years of working for one of the UK’s leading skincare brands I’ve learned so much about the skin. With a focus on efficacy, I’ve highlighted four key ingredients that can be found in skincare products. Each one is incorporated at some point in my personal routine and I can safely say that they are truly effective.

So, if you feel overwhelmed by skincare and what to use, you’ve come to the right place…

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is the key to smooth, hydrated skin. It’s an ingredient that our skin produces naturally to maintain its moisture levels, but over time these moisture levels slowly drop meaning that the skin becomes less plump and firm. Now for the geeky bit! So, what does Hyaluronic Acid do? A gram of Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to six liters of water! It also regulates the moisture levels in our skin cells – mental, right?

Don’t be put off by the ‘Acid’ in its name because unlike other acids which I’ll come onto later it doesn’t exfoliate.

Reasons Why You Need It

  • Lightweight texture means it works well for any skin type.
  • Can be used daily to slow skin ageing.
  • Protects the skin barrier for a healthy, youthful-looking glow.

When To Use It

  • Can be applied day or night before your moisturiser.

Product Recommendations


Also known as Vitamin A, Retinol is an ingredient that is proven to minimise the breakdown of Collagen, Collagen being the ‘glue’ in our skin that helps skin strength and elasticity. It helps to combat pigmentation, wrinkles, dryness and skin blemishes.

Reasons Why You Need It

  • An ingredient that is proven to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Retinol is effective for treating acne-prone skin.

When To Use It

  • From your late 20s/early 30s.
  • Use it once a week at night time to start off. Patch test a small area before applying it to your whole face.
  • If applied in a serum format, apply it before your moisturiser.
  • If the Retinol is in a moisturiser, make sure it’s the last thing you apply before bed.

Product Recommendations

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Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid is one of my skin’s best friends. A Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), Salicylic Acid combats breakouts and blackheads through exfoliation. Essentially, this wonder ingredient gives your pores a deep clean for brighter, younger looking skin.

Reasons Why You Need It

  • Will deep clean pores for clearer skin.
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties working hard to calm redness.
  • Will keep oil at bay to prevent blemishes.

When To Use It

  • At night time after cleansing two to three times a week.

Product Recommendations


Niacinamide AKA Vitamin B3 is a skin-restoring ingredient that improves the skin’s barrier, subsequently benefiting ageing skin. It’s effective at tackling acne and hyperpigmentation as well as fine lines and dullness. Sounds great, right? Incorporated into your routine correctly, it helps skin plumpness and minimises the appearance of pores.

Reasons Why You Need It

  • Minimises the appearance of enlarged pores.
  • Strengthens the skin barrier.
  • Reduces inflamed skin.

When To Use It

  • Morning and night for the most beneficial results.

Product Recommendations

I’m thinking of doing ingredients focussed posts more often, what do you think? If you have any questions about today’s posts, you know where to find me.

Becca x


  1. kagglenka
    January 6, 2019 / 8:37 pm

    Thank you for this post. Skincare can be very confusing as there are so many different products available it’s definitely hard to know what is best to use for my skin. More posts like this would be very useful.

    • Becca
      January 6, 2019 / 8:43 pm

      Thanks so much for your lovely feedback! I’m so glad you found it useful, I’ll be writing more skincare posts very soon! B

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