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Article: Skincare 101: About Capryloyl Salicylic acid, Hyaluronic Acid and Calamine

Skincare 101: About Capryloyl Salicylic acid, Hyaluronic Acid and Calamine

Skincare 101: About Capryloyl Salicylic acid, Hyaluronic Acid and Calamine


Skincare 101 series - welcome back to part 2. We'll continue our exploration into the transformative world of skincare ingredients. In this edition, we're putting the spotlight on capryloyl salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, and calamine. Together, let's discover the science behind these powerful ingredients and how they can revolutionize your skincare routine.

Capryloyl Salicylic Acid - keeping skin clean and clear

Capryloyl salicylic acid is a derivative of salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) commonly used in skincare products for its exfoliating properties. Capryloyl salicylic acid is derived from a combination of salicylic acid and caprylic acid, which is a type of fatty acid. This derivative is often used in skincare formulations due to its ability to provide similar exfoliating benefits as salicylic acid while also offering additional advantages. The LHA Blemish ampoule takes all these advantages into its green bottle - making it effectively to use day and night everyday. 

Here's a breakdown of capryloyl salicylic acid in skincare:

  1. Exfoliation: Like salicylic acid, capryloyl salicylic acid works by exfoliating the skin. It penetrates the pores to remove dead skin cells, excess oil, and other impurities, helping to unclog pores and prevent acne breakouts. By promoting cellular turnover, it also helps to improve the overall texture and tone of the skin.

  2. Gentleness: One of the key advantages of capryloyl salicylic acid is its gentleness compared to traditional salicylic acid. While salicylic acid can sometimes be too harsh for sensitive or delicate skin types, capryloyl salicylic acid is often better tolerated, making it suitable for a wider range of skin types, including sensitive skin.

  3. Oil Control: Capryloyl salicylic acid has also been shown to help regulate oil production in the skin, making it beneficial for those with oily or acne-prone skin. By reducing excess oiliness, it can help minimize the appearance of enlarged pores and mattify the skin's surface.

  4. Anti-inflammatory: Additionally, capryloyl salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to calm redness, irritation, and inflammation associated with acne and other skin conditions. This makes it a versatile ingredient for addressing both active breakouts and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Overall, capryloyl salicylic acid is a multifunctional ingredient in skincare formulations, offering exfoliation, oil control, and anti-inflammatory benefits, all while being gentle on the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid - steady staple ingredient in great skincare

We covered Hyaluronic acid (HA) in part one but HA is worth another mention and reminder because it's THAT good. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring molecule found in the skin, connective tissues, and other parts of the body. In skincare, hyaluronic acid is celebrated for its exceptional ability to attract and retain moisture. Most of our serums and ampoules have HA as a key ingredient but you'll see HA shine especially in our Aqua Activating Serum and Intensive Biome Ampoule

Here's a closer look at its role in skincare:

  1. Hydration: It has the capacity to hold a thousand times its weight in water, making it an incredibly effective humectant. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid draws moisture from the environment and deeper layers of the skin, helping to keep the skin well-hydrated, plump, and supple.

  2. Plumping Effect: By increasing hydration levels in the skin, hyaluronic acid can visibly plump up the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dehydration lines. This plumping effect can give the skin a revitalized appearance.

  3. Barrier Support: Hyaluronic acid also plays a role in maintaining the skin's barrier function. By keeping the skin hydrated, it helps to strengthen the skin's natural barrier, protecting it from external aggressors such as pollution, UV radiation, and harsh weather conditions.

  4. Versatility: Hyaluronic acid is suitable for all skin types, including dry, oily, sensitive, and acne-prone skin. It is lightweight, non-comedogenic, and gentle, making it a versatile ingredient that can be incorporated into a wide range of skincare products, including serums, moisturizers, masks, and toners.

  5. Compatibility: Hyaluronic acid works well with other skincare ingredients and can enhance the effectiveness of other active ingredients. It is often combined with antioxidants, peptides, and vitamins to create potent formulations that address various skin concerns, from hydration and anti-aging to brightening and soothing.

Prized for its ability to deliver intense hydration and support overall skin health, HA is here to stay for skincare products. Whether you're looking to combat dryness or to improve your skin's texture and tone, products containing hyaluronic acid can be a valuable addition to your skincare routine.

Calamine - centuries old mineral-rich secret ingredient 

Calamine is a mineral-rich ingredient that has been used for centuries in skincare for its soothing and calming properties. Derived from a combination of zinc oxide and ferric oxide - it's what gives its characteristic pink color. Calamine is commonly found in skincare products such as lotions, creams, and masks, where it offers a range of benefits for the skin. Our Cica Care Collection has the entire range of soothing and calming products. A highlight would be the Cica Care Clearing Ampoule - a new addition to all things pink, cica and calamine.  

Here's a closer look at calamine and its role in skincare:

  1. Soothing and Calming: One of the primary benefits of calamine in skincare is its ability to soothe and calm the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce redness, irritation, and inflammation, making it particularly beneficial for those with sensitive or reactive skin types.

  2. Relief for Itchy or Irritated Skin: Calamine is often used to provide relief for itchy or irritated skin conditions such as insect bites, sunburn, rashes, and allergic reactions. Its cooling and soothing properties can help to alleviate discomfort and promote healing.

  3. Oil Absorption: Calamine has mild astringent properties, which means it can help to absorb excess oil from the skin's surface. This makes it beneficial for those with oily or acne-prone skin, as it can help to mattify the skin and reduce shine.

  4. Protective Barrier: Calamine forms a protective barrier on the skin, which can help to shield it from environmental aggressors such as pollutants and irritants. This barrier function can also help to prevent moisture loss from the skin, keeping it hydrated and healthy.

  5. Gentle and Safe: Calamine is generally well-tolerated by most skin types and is considered safe for topical use. It is non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores, and is suitable for sensitive or acne-prone skin.

Calamine is a versatile ingredient in skincare that offers a range of benefits, from soothing and calming the skin to absorbing excess oil and providing relief for itchy or irritated skin conditions. Whether used as a spot treatment or incorporated into a daily skincare routine, products containing calamine can help to promote healthier, more comfortable skin.

That wraps up this installment of Skincare 101 - these are great booster ingredients to look for and you'd like to focus care on certain skincare troubles you may be having. That's why serums and ampoules are a great way to spice up your daily routine. 


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