Best Cosmetic Ingredients: Try the Miracle of Retinol or Snail Slime!

August 22, 2019Notino
When choosing a moisturiser, a serum, or a face mask, you need to know what their active ingredients are. So which ones are the best cosmetic ingredients?

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a natural part of your skin, but once you turn 30 it’s best to start adding it artificially as well. Hyaluronic acid is great at providing hydration (every molecule binds way more water than is its own weight), it destroys free radicals, promotes regeneration by stimulating natural production of collagen and elastin, and reduces fine as well as deep wrinkles. You can enjoy for instance the Mixa Hyalurogel Rich with extra hydrating effect which is just perfect for the end of summer when your skin is dry.


Retinol, or the derivative of vitamin A, has been an indispensable ingredient in the world of beauty for the past 40 years. It works on dark spots, has an astonishing effect on fine as well as visible wrinkles, strengthens your skin and initiates collagen, keratin, and elastin production. As a result, retinol and products that contain it prevent dark spots and signs of ageing as well as drying, sagging, or flakiness. It’s best to use these products (for instance the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum) overnight since the ingredient is not stable in sunlight.

Vitamin C

The way vitamin C works on your skin is simple – it’s essentially a dose of energy which makes your skin more radiant, removes all signs of fatigue, reduces dark circles, etc. It also works as a fantastic antioxidant by deflecting the attack of free radicals and protecting your skin’s youthful appearance and even tone. Highly concentrated serums should be kept in cool and dry places and used overnight, similarly to retinol products. Lower concentrations of vitamin C can be found in moisturisers such as the new Payot My Payot with its refreshing fruity scent.

Argan Oil ...

or the liquid gold from Morocco. It can be used in many different ways, from moisturising your skin to smoothing down split hair ends. It softens scars, its healing powers help with eczema, acne, or burns – all thanks to vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and phytosterols. Pure argan oil has a light nutty scent and you can find it as an ingredient in many cosmetic products, like the Eveline Cosmetics Argan + Keratin hair mask which can turn even the frizziest hair into silky-smooth tresses!

Snail Extract

Snail extract, more precisely the snail secretion filtrate, is an officially registered name of a cosmetic ingredient. It contains hyaluronic acid, peptides with anti-microbial effect, enzymes for inner cell regeneration, and other components. Together, they form a unique cocktail with an anti-ageing and moisturising effect. You can go for the Mizon Multi Function Formula snail moisturiser or try any other product from the snail-extract beauty section of our website!


Collagen fibres are the natural structure of your skin and collagen keeps your skin, your joints, and connective tissue firm and tight. However, our skin loses collagen with age, which means it’s best to start using collagen products after the age of 30. One that works amazingly well is the Delia Cosmetics Gold & Collagen Rich Care, a concentrated anti-wrinkle serum.

AHA Acids

Your skin needs a good cleansing routine as well as nourishment and hydration. That’s why people love products with AHA and BHA acids which are used in higher concentrations for chemical peels performed by medical experts but can be also used to perform a chemical peel at home when you choose a lower concentration. Both acids work together to dissolve the bonds between cells and facilitate the removal of dead skin cells. You only have to use them twice a week – try for instance the Revolution Skincare 30% AHA + BHA Peeling Solution serum.

Author: Jane P

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