Ingredients to look for in a moisturizer

Posted on October 07 2020

Ingredients to look for in a moisturizer
Are you intimidated by beauty product descriptions? Do you understand them? I don’t, despite the fact that I’m a formulator & create beauty products for a living.

Product descriptions are written to sell a story of the product, rather than telling you what it actually does. In this post I will guide you to a few ingredients that actually work; a list you can use next time you buy a moisturiser

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is probably the best humactants available. It’s naturally occurring on our bodies and play an important part in wound healing. It absorbs water 6 times it’s own weight, which keeps your skin plump & hydrated.


Niacimide is a form of vitamin B3. It’s an ingredient that can help with several skin issues. Studies how that it can reduce dark spots, acne & improve sun damaged skin. It’s also gentle & tolerated by most skin types.


Retinols is a version of vitamin A that is demonstrated to be very effective in combatting signs of ageing. There are different types of retinols retinyl palmitate, Retinyl Acetate, Retinyl Linoleate & Retinol Aldehyde. Studies show that retinol aldehyde is the most effective one. Once applied on the skin, the retinol is converted to retinoic acid. which is an important factor in skin renewal.


Ceramides are a group of lipid (fats) that occurs naturally in the skin and help prevent water loss by keeping the skin cells together. Ceramides also keeps the skin agile & dynamic – in other words it keeps your skin looking young. It’s important that a formulation containing ceramides is stores in a airtight container since air & sunlight will destroy the ceramides and make the product less potent.

I hope this is helpful. If you’re wondering about any other ingredients, product recommendation or looking for a formulator to help you with your line, email me.

Good luck!

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