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Skinceuticals is a brand that started off providing ingredients your skin didn’t naturally contain in very high amounts, but needed to sustain and rebuild itself — ingredients like vitamins C and E and retinoids.
But now Skinceuticals is getting into the business of replenishing skin with ingredients it naturally has in abundance when you are young, but which decrease in quantity as you age. Products like Skinceuticals Lipid Restore 2:4:2 contains ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids your skin produces and restores less of with age.
Sodium Hyaluronate is NOT Hyaluronic Acid (For Better and For Worse)
Hyaluronic acid is the protonated acidic form of sodium hyaluronate. They’re not the same. Hyaluronic acid is better at binding water — up to 1000x times its volume (Baumann). On the other hand, sodium hyaluronate is somewhat more stable and is effective in both high and low humidity conditions (Kewpie).
Both hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate temporarily plump the skin and temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Both also provide a barrier of protection for the skin, particularly in times when the weather is changing (hello, Spring!).
Licorice is Good
Licorice root extract, scientifically known as Glycyrrhiza glabra is a delicious for the skin as real licorice is to the taste buds. It’s been used to treat eczema, dermatitis, cysts and pruritis. A study in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment showed it to be an effective agent for the treatment of atopic dermatitis.
Licorice root extract has also been used in skincare as a method of improving moisture retention and as a histamine and vasodilator. It’s used as an anti-inflammatory for subacute and chronic dermatoses and to treat other chronic conditions like contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis. It can also be used as a skin lightening agent to combat hyperpigmentation. I’m in full support of it in Skinceuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier.
There are Skinceuticals products I highly recommend to just about anyone:
And then there are Skinceuticals products I think are cool, but are for more specialized skincare issues:
- Skinceuticals Triple Lipid 2:4:2 Complex (for dry, aging skin)
- Skinceuticals Phloretin CF (for an extra antioxidant boost for skin that has lost its radiance)
- Skinceuticals Pigment Regulator (for, you guessed it, sunspots)
Ingredients in Skinceuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier
Aqua / Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Propylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Polysilicone-11, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Octyldodecanol, Bis-peg/ppg-16/16 Peg/ppg-16/16 Dimethicone, Peg-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate , Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Dextrin, Oryza Sativa Extract / Rice Extract, Disodium Edta, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Sodium Hydroxide Adenosine, Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil / Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Limonene, T-butyl Alcohol, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate.