Log In

Articles Culture + Lifestyle Beauty

The Skinny on Skincare Ingredients

Look for quality skincare, and you’ll find just as many “active ingredients” as there are brands. How does a discerning woman decide what to buy?  I mean, is alpha hydroxy acid okay to put on my face? Because it sounds like it might burn my skin! The world of anti-aging skincare is a confusing world to navigate.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in your body, and abounds within youthful skin. Its primary role is tissue repair and protection. As we age, our skin dries out and the effects of aging are more noticeable. This loss of moisture and elasticity accentuates wrinkles and other signs of aging. Hyaluronic acid helps when applied topically because it attracts moisture to the skin and holds it there, while also protecting the skin from UVB rays that can cause sunspots. This acid is a proverbial “fountain of youth,” holding 1000 times its weight in water. To get this ingredient into your skin, seek out Rodan + Fields’ Active Hydration Serum, which increases hydration in your skin by 200%. Combined with 30% glycerin, this product is a skin hydrating powerhouse for up to eight hours after just one application.


Retinol is an active derivative of Vitamin A that stimulates collagen production and cell turnover in the skin. After age 35, collagen production diminishes greatly, which causes our skin to wrinkle and sag. Considered the “holy grail” of dermatological applications, Retinol increases collagen production in your skin. When Retinol is applied topically, it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evens out skin tone, and unclogs pores. Rodan + Fields’ Redefine Night Renewing Serum is a top bet for getting retinol into your skincare diet. The product is enclosed in capsules because the potency of Retinol diminishes with exposure to sunlight and oxygen. In addition, time-release technology keeps the serum working all night long to reduce pore size, wrinkles, and firm your skin for a more youthful appearance. Retinol can also be used in preparation to apply Retin-A, which is available only from your dermatologist.

Glycolic Acid

This naturally-occurring alpha hydroxy acid is beneficial for both rejuvenating and moisturizing. Considered to be an excellent exfoliator, glycolic acid is a key ingredient in both toners and cleansers, but is most readily distributed into your skin through the penetration of toner. Toner is a step you won’t want to skip, as it removes remaining makeup and rebalances the pH of your skin. Glycolic acid serves many functions, including minimizing fine lines, dullness, acne, and uneven texture. Look for this ingredient in the cleansers and toners included in the skincare regimens from Hello Beautiful Skin.

Anti-aging skincare ingredients should be gradually incorporated into your skincare routine, and extra care must be taken when going outdoors. Be sure to use an SPF for your skin type and needs, as skin that is being treated with these effective ingredients can also make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Share This Post


1 Comment

  • Jessica Rolla / 5 September 2017 2:03

    Good article Melanie,
    All the skincare products I use or one pure 100% hyaluronic acid product I use sparingly is very hydrating for me in the big city air of Chicago and when I travel… coconut water and using my other Younique Rosewater toner , Loreal Revitalift eye cream and my hubby even uses Retinol too! I have a colleague who sells Rodan & Fields too and I also trust some serums for night care too…

Leave a Comment