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Treat Your Skin Right With The Most Popular Skincare Ingredients of 2020


Skincare has dominated 2020! Besides including germ-killing products in our daily routine, many people have used their quarantine time to figure out a proper skincare routine so they can give their epidermis the nutrients it lacks. Don’t believe us? Well, Google can prove it! Some of the most searched questions this year have been all about skin and the benefits of certain ingredients used in skincare products. We’ve already covered the most searched skin related questions on Google in 2020 and now we’re jotting down the most searched skin ingredients of 2020, courtesy beauty retailer Cult Beauty.  

Everything You Need To Know About The Most Popular Skin Ingredients

If you’ve been researching on all things related to skin, then it will come as no surprise that achieving healthy, radiant and clear skin doesn’t only depend on the brand but also the ingredients present in the product. If you want to up your skin game, keep reading to know about the most popular skin ingredients of 2020, their benefits and products to buy. 

Note: These skincare ingredients are available over the counter, but if you have sensitive skin, we suggest consulting a dermatologist first. For others, it’s always beneficial to do a patch test on your arm before applying anything on your face.

Vitamin C

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Vitamin C has been a skin favourite for a long time and during this lockdown, it seems like everyone wanted to know about its benefits. Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants and is great for tackling skin issues like uneven skin tone, fine lines, acne scars and dullness. For those who are 25 and above, vitamin C is extremely useful as it helps boost collagen production which aids in maintaining skin elasticity.

There are many vitamin C rich products available in the market and if you’re on a tight budget, then give WOW Skin Science Vitamin C Face Cream a try. If you're in the mood to splurge, the Clinique Fresh Pressed is said to work wonders on the skin.


This ingredient has dominated the skincare market for a couple of years now and you’ll find many brands using retinol as the key ingredient in their facial products like creams and serums. Retinol is one of the most common ingredients used by those over 30 since it has anti-ageing properties. But that’s not all. Retinol is derived from vitamin A and is said to smoothen and refine the skin's texture, enhance the skin’s radiance and accelerate skin renewal and repair.
If you want to add retinol to your skincare routine, the Retinol Advanced Anti Aging Face Mask by St.Bontanica is perfect. If you have sensitive skin, we suggest doing a patch test first or consulting an expert.

Castor Oil

Castor Oil for skin

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Over the past few years, castor oil has become a cult favourite for hair and skin, pushing coconut oil to the sidelines. While its hair benefits are well-known, many people are questioning if castor oil is good for the skin. Well, it is! Castor oil is rich in vitamin E and ricinoleic acid, which is a fatty acid that acts as a great moisturiser. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help treat acne, eczema, reduce pain and swelling.
There are several castor oil products available and the Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Castor Oil is one of our faves. You can either dab it with a cotton pad or massage it directly on the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid

Even though Hyaluronic Acid gained popularity last year, during the quarantine, many finally took the time to learn about this ingredient and the benefits it has on the skin. When it comes to your skin, the benefits of hyaluronic acid are endless. This ingredient is naturally produced by your body and helps the skin tissue retain water, keeping it soft, plump and hydrated. When applied to the skin, hyaluronic acid is said to fight the signs of ageing, bring moisture to the surface of the skin to prevent dryness, improve skin elasticity, etc. With so many benefits, there’s no denying that this ingredient definitely lives up to its hype.

Searching for a Hyaluronic Acid that will work wonders for your skin? Try the WOW Skin Science Hyaluronic Acid Water Gel which helps restore moisture, giving you a smooth, firm and radiant look.


Squalane for skin

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One of the most searched google questions this year happens to be, "What does squalane do?" Well, if you are seeking answers to the same, let us enlighten you. Just like collagen, squalene is a naturally produced substance in our body that decreases as we get older. This leads to loss of moisture, suppleness and flexibility in the epidermis. If you are above 25, adding this ingredient to your daily routine, through foods or topical application can help fight off free radicals, balance oil production, boost blood circulation and even reduce acne and eczema.

If you want to add squalane to your daily beauty routine, use the Indulgeo Essentials Squalane Skin Hydrator which has anti-inflammatory benefits that help tackle various skin issues.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid has become a must-have for those who suffer from acne. This beta-hydroxy acid is said to be the next ingredient to dominate the skincare market due to its pimple fighting properties. Salicylic acid penetrates deep into your skin, clears out clogged pores, exfoliates the skin and since it’s an anti-inflammatory, pimples are eliminated faster. While it is proven to reduce acne, too much of this ingredient can harm the skin and cause dryness, peeling, and redness.
If you’re suffering from acne, blackheads and whiteheads use the La Roche Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser Acne Wash twice a day to get clear, radiant skin.

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel for skin

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For centuries, this product has been used to treat various skin issues. Derived from a plant native to North America, these extracts are popular in skin products mainly due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral components. Witch hazel can reduce skin irritation, fight acne, protect the skin from free radicals, tighten pores and calm inflamed skin.

If you’re looking to add witch-hazel to your skincare routine, opt for Mama Earth’s Rose Face Toner with Witch Hazel & Rose Water for Pore Tightening. Dabbing this on your skin after cleansing can reduce large pores while detoxifying skin.

Since we still haven't fully gone back to our pre-corona life, use whatever free time you have to determine your skin type and the ingredients you need to keep it looking smooth, supple, hydrated and clear.

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