A Guide to Popular Skin Care Ingredients

September 14, 2022

A Guide to Popular Skin Care Ingredients

If we read nutrition facts on our food, shouldn’t we know our skin care ingredients, too? There are a handful of popular ingredients out there, used in a variety of forms and products that aim to keep your skin beautiful! 

But while you’re building a skin care routine personalized to your needs, how do you know which ingredients to look for on the labels? Below are some well-recognized skin care ingredients and where you can find them in our Paradise Dermatology product line.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a popular ingredient for hydrating and plumping the skin. It’s a powerful molecule, able to absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water. With HA, skin looks more youthful, radiant, and pillowy-soft.

Try it! Paradise Dermatology Hyaluronic Acid Serum 

Glycolic Acid

Known for speedy cell turnover and creating collagen, glycolic acid is great for anti-aging, hydration, and more. Glycolic acid dissolves dead skin cells and deconstructs excess skin oils for a natural exfoliation.

Try it! Paradise Dermatology Glycolic Facial Lotion 10%

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid, most often used in acne treatment, removes dead skin cells that clog the pores. It’s oil-soluble, which is why it’s able to break through the lipid barrier of the skin to clear out acne at the source.

Try it! Paradise Dermatology Oil Control Pads


Retinol is derived from vitamin A, and is known for its plumping effects as well as improving skin texture and tone. While acting as an exfoliant on the surface, retinol also boosts elastin and collagen deeper within the skin.

Try it! Paradise Dermatology Retinol 0.05% Serum

Ascorbic Acid

Ascorbic acid is simply another name for vitamin C. As a skin care ingredient, ascorbic acid fights toxins that penetrate the skin. It also hydrates, reduces inflammation, and protects against sun damage when combined with sunscreen.

Try it! Paradise Dermatology Vitamin C & E Moisturizer


Zinc Oxide

Zinc oxide is a common and effective ingredient you’ll find in most sunscreens, as it naturally reflects UV light. In addition to its use in sunscreen, zinc oxide also assists in wound healing and sealing in moisture.

Try it! Paradise Dermatology Powder Mineral Sunscreen 

Shea Butter

A well-known natural emollient, shea butter is most often recognized as a moisturizer—however, it’s also a great ingredient for reducing redness. Shea butter leaves skin feeling soft and soothed.

Try it! Paradise Dermatology Intensive Recovery Complex 

Aloe Vera

One of the classics of both natural skin care and first aid, aloe vera soothes burns and inflammation, boosts collagen, seals in moisture, and more. Aloe vera is a helpful ingredient for those with psoriasis or eczema.

Try it! Paradise Dermatology Exfoliating Face & Body Wash

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is a natural moisturizer that also helps maintain the skin’s elasticity, making it a great anti-aging skin care ingredient. It is much less greasy than coconut oil and soothes dry or irritated skin with ease.

Try it! Paradise Dermatology Light Moisturizer