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What is an active ingredient? How active ingredients can improve your skin

Understanding the ingredients in skincare products and their properties is key to making informed decisions that will help you to achieve your skin goals. Anyone who’s interested in skincare is likely to have heard the term ‘active ingredients’ before, but with so much complex information out there to digest, it can be difficult to understand their exact roles, or which might be best for our skin. So, what is an active ingredient? We explore the truth behind ‘actives’, their benefits, and how they can help to re-invigorate your skincare routine.

What is an active ingredient?

Active ingredients are used in skincare products and are designed to address specific skin concerns. Your skin is unique, so what might work for one person, may not necessarily work for another. While some actives are universally beneficial (hello hyaluronic acid!), some combinations such as retinol and AHAs can damage your skin barrier. It’s important to choose the right active ingredients to treat particular skin conditions, so that you are not overtreating your skin unnecessarily, or causing irritation. 

Introduce one active ingredient at a time to avoid causing issues such as red or dry skin. If you mix too many actives, then they can play havoc with your skin. Now is the time to get clued up on actives to ensure that you’re using the right products for your skin and avoiding those no-go combinations.

Trend: Skin-Cycling  

With the hashtag ‘#skincycling’ reaching 128.7M views on TikTok, it’s no doubt that this trend is prevalent across online platforms at the moment. Skin cycling is a term that describes the frequency with which products are applied to the skin, in a skincare routine that allows ‘rest days’. This method allows products to be used strategically, giving your skin the chance to react, rather than using a cocktail of ingredients all in one application. 

Skin cycling requires an exfoliator, retinoids, and a moisturiser. The skin-care trend involves a four night cycle, which can be amended according to how your skin responds (depending on your skin type). So, what is the best cycle to follow within your skincare routine?  

  • Night one: Exfoliate (such as glycolic or salicylic acid)  
  • Night two: Retinoids (such as retinol or retinaldehyde) 
  • Night three & four: Recovery (A focus on nourishing the skin with moisturiser) 

A healthy skin barrier is essential to achieve a feel-good complexion, because if it’s damaged, it can lead to a whole host of skin conditions. Skin cycling decreases the side effects that are possible from using active ingredients, because it gives your skin the chance to repair itself on the rest days. If you’re looking to begin introducing active ingredients into your skincare regime, you could give skin-cycling a go!

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Skin Concerns and Active Ingredients 

Wondering what specific ingredients you can use to address your skin type, or your skin concerns? Let’s discuss how you can use active ingredients to improve your skin concerns or current skin conditions.  

Maturing Skin

Signs of ageing include fine lines, which can be prevented by using the right active ingredients. Within skincare products, look for ingredients that boost sun protection such as zinc oxide, as well as vitamin A, C and E, which work to prevent the signs of ageing skin. 

Pigmentation Issues

Whatever your skin concerns, there are a multitude of active ingredients to be aware of that may damage your skin if used incorrectly. This is especially the case if you have pigmentation issues with your skin. There are many skincare products that can assist in improving this. Active ingredients that work to improve pigmentation issues include hyaluronic acid, kojic acid, AHAs, BHA, hydroquinone, and vitamin C. 


If your skin is prone to breakouts, then it may require more attention in a skincare regime. Active ingredients such as vitamin A, salicylic acid, and azelaic acid can all help to prevent or clear breakouts and blemishes when they arise.


Skin conditions such as rosacea can be treated with the right active ingredients. Rosacea is a long-term condition that mainly affects the face through redness around your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. If you suffer from the effects of rosacea, then skincare products including azelaic acid and sulphur could provide benefits to your skin, aiming to reduce inflammation and bring down redness.  


If you are prone to dehydrated skin, then there are a few skin treatments which include active ingredients that can improve skin moisture. Skincare products that include active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin E can nourish your skin to help in combating skin dryness. Skin boosters such as Seventy Hyal 2000 include one of the highest weights of hyaluronic acid, where you can see instant results. We discuss more below! 

Seventy Hyal 2000: For That ‘On The Go Glow’

If you have skin concerns that include dehydration, fine lines, and general skin dullness, then Seventy Hyal 2000 is for you. As The Next Generation Skin Booster, Seventy Hyal is a form of injectable skincare that can save you time and effort when it comes to healthy-looking skin. Hyaluronic acid is the key active ingredient in Seventy Hyal, aiming to hydrate the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and provide the skin with a dewy glow. 

Seventy Hyal 2000 contains high molecular weight of hyaluronic acid in just one treatment, which helps you to achieve a radiant complexion, nourishing your skin to combat specific skin concerns. Learn more about Seventy Hyal’s material properties on our site.

Skin Boosters are your new hydration hero. Start your Seventy journey and achieve enviable luminosity. Here at Seventy Hyal, we believe that you have glowing skin from within, shining with radiance from the inside-out. Get up and glow, and book in with your local Seventy Hyal clinic today!

Glow Get ‘Em

Our Glow Get ‘Em campaign, encourages you to shake up your skincare routine in 2023, so that it works better for you. Looking for a one-stop-shop for contouring, hydration, and glowing skin? Look no further than a Seventy Hyal treatment that can make you feel your best self after just one treatment, with an unstoppable glow. So, what are you waiting for? Glow Get ‘Em with the help of Seventy Hyal 2000! Learn more about Seventy Hyal on our site.

You can shop Seventy Hyal 2000, or read the latest updates about the Next Generation Skin Booster on our blog.


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By Amy Williams | 20th Jan, 2023 | , , ,

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