Know Your Skincare Ingredients

by Elan Clinics

A great skincare routine is essential to getting that youthful, glowing complexion. And in recent years there has been a huge influx of “miracle products” that promise to tone, tighten, hydrate and revitalize your skin. This can make deciphering between products a challenge.

 While there is no shortage of great brands and holy grail products out there, it’s not necessarily about the packaging or the name behind your skincare ingredients, it’s what is on the inside that counts.

Every complexion is unique, and when you start hunting for your perfect skincare products, it is important to pay very close attention to the ingredients you are using. It’s all about your skincare type and what you are looking to accomplish with your routine. This is why we want to highlight some of the most potent and powerful skincare ingredients out there so you know what to look for in your products and so that you can get on the road to the best skin of your life.

Glycolic Acid

This is an ingredient you will find in all types of skincare products. This is because glycolic acid does a little bit of everything and it does it well. This acid works to exfoliate the skin, boost collagen and speed up cell turnover, meaning it will help you get a more youthful look and work to combat those fine lines and wrinkles. It is also a great product for acne prone skin and can clear out pores and help with skin tone and texture. Dark spots or sun damage? Glycolic acid helps with that too.


 Hyaluronic Acid

When it comes to anti-aging products, most will include hyaluronic acid. Despite the name, this acid isn’t harsh on the skin. In fact, it’s quite gentle and designed to help skin hold on to water. This means your skin is going to look healthier, more hydrated and more radiant-looking. If you suffer from dry, dull skin, or are starting to see fine lines appear, make sure you add hyaluronic acid to your routine. This is more than a moisturizer, it is great not only for hydrating this skin but helping it stay hydrated as well.



If you are looking for a powerful product that will help resurface the skin and keep it looking fresh, clear and healthy, then it may be time to try a retinol. Retinol is actually a type of vitamin A and designed to help both with aging and acne. Retinol is one of those ingredients that everyone talks about, and it really works both with anti-aging and acne treatments, making it great for all types of skin. However, retinol is a pretty powerful ingredient, so it’s important to start with a low dose at first if you have sensitive skin as it can lead to dryness or a little peeling until your skin adjusts.

The great thing about retinol is you can find it in low doses in a lot of products and eventually work your way up to see better results.



While this ingredient may not be as “buzz-worthy” for most people as retinol, niacinamide is another great active ingredient that can really help transform your skin. Products with niacinamide in them will help you build cells in the skin, while protecting them from environmental stresses. This can include pollution, sunlight and toxins. It can also help with acne and skin tone. This is why we love wearing everyday products with niacinamide in them to help protect the skin from outside influences. 


 Vitamin C

Dull skin? Make sure you add a product with vitamin C to your routine. Topical vitamin C is a great ingredient for brightening the skin, but it does even more than that. Vitamin C can help with dark circles, collagen production and hydration. If you suffer from hyperpigmentation or sunspots, this a great product to add to your routine for that bright, youthful glowing skin.

Of course, in addition to regular, regimented skincare, if you really want drastic results, incorporating other medical-grade treatments into your routine is a great way to get the skin of your dreams. Here at Elan Laser Clinics, our goal is to help you get the best skin of your life with professional-grade treatments that we pair with quality at-home products filled with the best ingredients for your skin.

Whether you are looking to hydrate and brighten, tone and restore, correct dark spots, get rid of stubborn adult acne, or anything in-between, our team is here to help you. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and the products we carry that can help you ramp up your at-home skincare routine.