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Clear, healthy-looking skin with a lit-from-within glow is the goal most of us have in mind when putting together a skincare regime. When it comes to how to build a skincare routine to reach this goal, we often reach for the same core products applied in a consistent order, give or take a step. To elevate your skincare further and bring you closer to your goals, the next step is to understand which skincare ingredients best suit your skin concerns.

Ingredients to Include in Skincare Routine

Different ingredients are used to target specific concerns and support certain skin types – so it can take some time to assess which ones are most beneficial to your dream skin. To help you on your skincare journey, we’ve assembled this guide to our best skincare ingredients and how to use them.

How different skincare ingredients can benefit skin

Skincare products are formulated with ingredients that aim to address specific skin concerns, called targeted ingredients. A fundamental step in building a results focussed skincare routine is knowing which ingredients will work best towards your skin concerns, and how to use them correctly for your skin type. With this understanding, selecting the best skincare ingredients for your complexion and tailoring your skincare routine to perfection is made simple.

Your guide to the best ingredients for skin concerns

Whether you’re looking for skin cream ingredients to comfort sensitive skin or support maturing skin, there is a skincare ingredient out there to complement any concern. If you’re wondering “what skincare ingredients do I need?” read on to discover the ones we love how they can promote impeccable complexions:

  • AHAs and BHAs
  • Caffeine
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Niacinamide
  • Vitamin C

  • Now let’s examine which of these must have skincare ingredients and how to build them into your routine.

    AHAs and BHAs

    Though frequency changes depending on skin type, a consistent exfoliation schedule is an important element of skincare. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are chemical exfoliant skincare ingredients that can reveal glowing, smooth skin by encouraging skin cell renewal.

    What to try:

    AHAs like glycolic acid are water soluble and made up of small molecules that target deep layers of skin. For dry or combination skin types, stimulate collagen production and encourage brighter, plumper skin with the Clarifique Dual Essence.

    BHAs like salicylic acid are oil soluble, so they’re ideal for supporting oily skin types and can help to reduce and prevent breakouts by purifying the pores. If this is your skin type, the Clarifique Cleansing Foam might be the perfect balancing face wash for daily use.

     Clarifique Dual Essence


    Caffeine is becoming an increasingly popular skincare ingredient for its ability to reduce puffiness by stimulating circulation in the skin. Caffeine is also an antioxidant, so it can help brighten skin, improve elasticity and support firmness. These benefits make topical caffeine a perfect addition to eye creams and serums to promote youthful looking skin where visible signs of aging can develop earliest.

    What to try:

    The Advanced Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl has a combination of caffeine and pre and post biotic factions in a lightweight serum formula, with a stainless steel applicator for a cooling effect.

    Hyaluronic Acid

    Hydration is a fundamental step in any skincare routine, and hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of our favourite skin hydrators. Not only does HA naturally occur in the skin, making the ingredient highly compatible, it has exceptional moisturising abilities - a single molecule of HA can hold up to a thousand times it’s weight in water. Additional nourishment in a skincare routine can combat dehydration and dryness while plumping skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    What to try:

    Take advantage of the benefits of this must have skincare ingredient by implementing the Advanced Génifique Sensitive Serum into your daily routine.


    Though gentle enough for dry and sensitive skin types, the power of niacinamide can be beneficial to any kind of skin. This skincare ingredient aims to boost the production of ceramides, improving the skin’s moisture barrier and supporting moisture retention. Strengthening the skin’s moisture barrier has knock on effects, such as helping to protect the skin against damaging external aggressors and comforting redness.

    What to try:

    Nourish dry skin daily with the Clarifique Milky Day Cream, or target dark spots and discolourations with the Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum.

    Serums in skincare routine

    Vitamin C

    Highly compatible with other skincare ingredients like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, vitamin C is a much-loved skin care ingredient suitable for most skin types. Touted as a hero ingredient for its ability to target a variety of skin concerns effectively, vitamin C is a true multi-purpose ingredient that can easily be built into an AM skincare routine.

  • The antioxidant properties of vitamin C help protect skin from free radicals caused by external aggressors like sun exposure and pollution.

  • A powerful skin brightening tool, vitamin C works by inhibiting melanin production, so it can also help to fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

  • Vitamin C promotes collagen production, which can promote tighter skin.

  • Now you’ve discovered your must have skincare ingredients, take your skincare regiment to new heights with our guide to the skin microbiome.


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