super ingredients in cosmetics

Super-Ingredients in the Skincare Industry

Skincare has always been magical and experimental. In recent years, all-natural herbal products have taken center stage, but as the times are changing, so are the trends. And the latest addition to the list is ‘super ingredients’. 

Thanks to the higher concentration of essential chemicals in these serums, they are deemed to be more effective & thus essential for daily skincare routine. We take you through the journey of these super-ingredients in this article. 

The magic of Super-ingredients

Super-ingredients have a higher concentration of effective chemicals that help fight skincare problems. Being derived from natural sources, they contain antioxidants that help repair and rejuvenate skin from within to give that beautiful glow. Unlike most skincare products, these super-ingredients aren’t stacked with several ingredients, but rather have a few selective elements in them to help target a specific skincare problem.

Popular Super-Ingredients

Here are a few super-ingredients that have recently been quite popular in the skincare industry.

The Anti-Aging Retinol

Retinol is an anti-aging ingredient that is  taking up quite a bit of social media space. Known to be a reparative agent, anti-aging Retinol helps in the regeneration of skin cells that helps avoid early aging. It accelerates the collagen production in the body and increases skin-cell turnover to give younger-looking skin. Being a strong ingredient, it is usually suggested by brands that the retinol be used at at night and sunscreen in the morning.

Hyaluronic Acid for Moisturization

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring ingredient in animal tissues. It helps retain moisture in the skin by acting as a humectant, thus pulling in moisture into the skin. Making hyaluronic acid a part of daily skincare routine can help keep the skin moisturized and in the long run helps avoid the early signs of aging. It is in fact one of the core ingredients in several moisturizers. Serums usually have up to 1-2% concentration of hyaluronic acid in them.

Niacinamide for the Acne & Spots

Niacinamide is a vitamin B3 variant widely used for spot correction. It’s known to improve the skin’s natural barriers and accelerates healing from within. It also lessens the damage caused by the sun’s harmful UV rays. This, in turn, leads to reduced spots on the face. It also helps reduce acne and clear stubborn acne scars.

One can use a 5-10% concentration of niacinamide combined with hyaluronic acid or zinc, Depending on the skin type.

Salicylic Acid for Exfoliation

Salicylic acid is recognized as a strong skin exfoliant, helping get rid of dirt, dead cells and excess sebum in skin. It dissolves with the natural oils of skin, ridding one of the harmful acne-causing impurities in the skin.  

Salicylic acid is often used for oily skin. It is also useful in the summers when access to oil-buildup in the skin can clog pores more.

Few brands that offer super-ingredients based products include,

  1. Minimalist
  2. The Ordinary
  3. Dot & Key
  4. Neutragena


Though an increasing trend in the skincare industry, when it comes to the use of super-ingredients, one needs to be careful. Since most of them have concentrated ingredients in them, they might not work the same for all skin types. The best way to decide which products are ideal, we suggest referring to a professional. 

In a nutshell, customers today are seeking significant results from their products and brands are using super-ingredients to achieve targeted results in shorter time.

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