There’s a great deal of misleading information going around regarding the composition and uses of active ingredients. And because it’s been such a buzzword in the realm of skincare for quite a while now, the market is swamped with products containing retinol, hyaluronic acid, or other “miracle ingredients.”
However, conclusive evidence as to the long-term safety and efficacy of active ingredients is lacking — and while a vast majority of cosmetics can only legally work on the epidermis (which has five layers), some claim to penetrate deeper than 10 to 15 layers. In actuality, those would have to be considered a drug and would need to undergo FDA testing to substantiate claims. The brands themselves often fund or conduct their own research, so there is always the possibility for bias.
The truth about active ingredients
Does this mean active ingredients are always beneficial in skincare products?
Don’ts of active ingredients
Dos of active ingredients
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Written for CreateYourSkincare.com by Reese Jones, edited by Rachael Pontillo.