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Top 5 Ingredients to Look for in Skincare Products: Insights from Our Clinic

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

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When it comes to skincare, it's essential to understand the significance of active ingredients. These ingredients play a crucial role in delivering targeted benefits to your skin.

So, what exactly are active ingredients in skincare?

Active ingredients are specific components added to products with a particular purpose in mind—each designed to address specific skincare needs.

At Be Youthful, we specialize in offering tailored health and beauty solutions. This means that, with our guidance, you can confidently choose products containing these active ingredients, knowing that they are crafted to provide specific advantages for your skin.

Through our clinic, we provide convenient access to AlumierMD products, which can be delivered straight to your door, or used in one of our in-clinic treatments. This medical-grade, clinically tested skincare brand offers an array of different products, free from parabens, perfumes, alcohol, and phthalates, and have been clinically proven to combat multiple skin concerns.

Now, let's delve into the key active ingredients you should be looking for in skincare products.

In this blog, we'll explore the advantages of incorporating Salicylic Acid, Vitamin C, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Retinoids, and Hyaluronic Acid into your daily skincare routine.

These ingredients can work wonders for a variety of skin concerns, and we'll provide valuable insights to help you make informed choices for your beauty regimen.

Benefits of Salicylic Acid

Chemical Exfoliation:

Salicylic acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) that helps remove dead skin cells and flaky skin. Salicylic acid penetrates into the pores of the skin, removing surface build-up such as dirt and excess oils.

Improved Skin Texture:

The use of ​​salicylic acid can improve the texture of the skin, leading to smoother and more even skin.

Minimizes Dark Spots and Hyperpigmentation:

Over time, salicylic acid can help fade dark spots, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Exfoliating the top layer of the skin can encourage the growth of new skin cells.

Reduces Sebum Production:

Salicylic acid can help reduce the amount of oil production, which means it can benefit those with oily or combination skin. Penetrating the oil glands and breaking down oil and clogged pores.

Acne Treatment:

Salicylic acid is commonly used to fight acne as it can fight inflammation and redness commonly found in pimples and breakouts. Its antimicrobial properties help combat acne-causing bacteria.

The AlumierMD glow peel facial treatment is an exfoliating solution to improve your skin texture and tone and reduce acne scarring and hyperpigmentation.

Benefits of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Antioxidant Protection:

Vitamin C is an antioxidant which helps protect the body from damage caused by radical molecules which can result from exposure to UV radiation, pollution and other stressors.

Skin Brightening:

Vitamin C can help reduce dark spots, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tones which can be caused by an overproduction of melanin. Vitamin C works by impeding melanin production.

Collagen Production:

Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen; this protein plays a crucial role in maintaining our skin structure, firmness and elasticity.

Protects Against Sun Damage:

UV rays can cause sun damage to the skin, but Vitamin C works as an antioxidant that can protect the skin from further damage. By fighting against pollutants and slowing down the aging process, Vitamin C helps in safeguarding and keeping the skin healthy.

AlumierMD carries many skin care products with Vitamin C which will brighten your complexion, fight against signs of aging and even out your skin tone.

Benefits of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

Chemical Exfoliation:

AHA’s are excellent exfoliants that loosen and remove the top layer of dead skin cells promoting new skin cell generation. It helps promote a smoother, even complexion righting issues such as wrinkles, age spots and acne.

Skin Brightening:

AHAs can brighten up the skin and give a more radiant appearance by removing dull, dead skin cells and revealing a fresh more youthful look.


Unlike BHA’s AHA’s draw water to the skin and can increase the skin's capacity to absorb hydrating products. Applying serums after using AHA’s will help your skin absorb the hydrating ingredients.

Improve skin texture:

AHA’s can lead to improved skin texture, chemical exfoliants naturally smoothen out the skin texture compared to physical exfoliants, which can cause irritation to sensitive skin. AHA is beneficial for those with rough or uneven skin.

Glycolic acid, lactic acid and citric acid are common AHA’s that can be found in skin products. If you are unsure which AHA is best for your skin type, contact Be Youthful for professional advice on the type of products best suited for your skin.

Benefits of Retinoids (Retinol, Retin-A, Tretinoin)

Reduction of Hyperpigmentation:

The frequent use of retinoids can result in smoother more even skin. Which can help fade dark spots, sun spots and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.


Retinoids are one of the most commonly used ingredients for anti-aging in skincare. They stimulate collagen production and help create fitness in the skin. This can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Reduced Appearance of Enlarged Pores:

Retinoids reduce large pores by increasing cell turnover, keeping them clear and clean, and preventing them from getting clogged with oil and dead skin cells. This helps reduce the appearance of large pores and also promotes healthier-looking skin overall.

Retinoids are strong and efficient ingredient that helps fight anti-aging and combat laxity, wrinkling, acne, rosacea and pigmentation. There are many products in the AlumierMD line that constrain retinoids, retinoids can be mixed with other products and ingredients to achieve unique results.

Contact us for a customized treatment plan for your skin.

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid (HA)


Hyaluronic acid is a great ingredient known for holding and retaining moisture. It can hold up to 1000x its weight in water. It helps moisturize and plump the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.


HA is known to be compatible with all skin types; it rarely causes a reaction. Suitable for sensitive skin and is beneficial when mixed with other skincare ingredients.

Enhanced elasticity:

HA helps the elasticity of the skin by promoting collagen production. Collagen is a protein that gives the skin firmness and elasticity. By encouraging collagen production, HA can help maintain skin elasticity and reduce sagging.

Hyaluronic acid is a great ingredient for someone looking to moisturize their skin. It helps to prevent moisture loss, which can be essential when using ingredients that may be drying, such as retinoids or benzoyl peroxide.

Navigating the world of skincare can be a complex and multifaceted journey. We've just scratched the surface. It's crucial to recognize that skincare involves a vast array of ingredients, products, and individual considerations. Understanding which products and ingredients are best suited to address your specific skincare concerns can be challenging, and it requires a comprehensive approach.

Feel free to reach out to us at Be Youthful for personalized advice and assistance in navigating the diverse world of skincare. We're dedicated to helping you make informed choices and embark on a skincare journey that's tailored to your unique needs and concerns.

Your path to healthier, more radiant skin is a journey worth embarking on, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

* This blog is used for informational purposes and in no way replaces the professional advice of a specialist.

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