10 Things We Learnt About Skincare Actives From La Roche-Posay

Nightinwithescentual: Chelsey and Janette talk skincare actives

Do you know actives from your inactives? You’re probably familiar with retinol, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, but are you fully confident in how and when to use them? I called in La Roche-Posay’s Head of Education, Janette, to join me live for a #NightInWithEscentual; here’s what we learnt.

Our Topic: Skincare Actives


1. Skincare actives are ingredients within a product that target a specific skin concern.

Here’s what you need to look for, based on your concern:

  • Dehydration: hyaluronic acid
  • Dullness: vitamin C
  • Wrinkles: retinol
  • Pigmentation: retinol
  • Congestion: salicylic acid

Tweet us if your concern is missing from the list!


2. Skincare actives have a multitude of benefits.

  • Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and plumps.
  • Retinol smooths and firms.
  • Vitamin C firms and brightens.
  • Salicylic Acid decongests and smoothes.


3. Retinol shouldn’t be mixed with specific acids.

Retinol shouldn’t be used with other acid-based ingredients such as glycolic acid, lactic acid (AHAs); this will increase your skin’s sensitivity levels and compromise your skin’s natural protective layer.


4. Vitamin C is best used in the day time.

Using vitamin C in the day is most beneficial as it’s a powerhouse antioxidant that will protect your skin against free radicals caused by UV rays and pollution.


5. Retinol is best used at nighttime.

Always use retinol before bed as it can help speed up your skin’s repair process; this increases your skin’s sensitivity, so it’s imperative to follow with broad-spectrum sun protection to protect from UVA and UVB rays.


6. Hyaluronic acid is best used at any time of day.

Hyaluronic acid is the best all-rounder of the actives as it plumps, and hydrates skin.


7. Layer retinol and hyaluronic acid to plump and smooth.

In the evening, use retinol first, then follow with hyaluronic acid.


8. Layer vitamin C and retinol to brighten and smooth.

In the evening, use retinol first, then follow with vitamin C.


9. Layer hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to protect and repair skin.

In the day time, use vitamin C first, then follow with hyaluronic acid.


10. Your collagen production decreases 1% every year after the age of 25.

If you’re serious about your slowing down the ageing signs on your skin, it’s imperative to use skincare actives that target collagen production in your routine.

  • Vitamin C regulates the synthesis of collagen.
  • Retinol stimulates collagen production.
  • Hyaluronic Acid supports collagen production. If your skin was a mattress, collagen would be the springs and Hyaluronic acid would be the padding!


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