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Cosmetic Ingredients That Can Help Repair and Restore Skin

Updated: Dec 7, 2022

Skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and sagging, wrinkled skin are very common among adults today. The natural aging process, as well as environmental factors such as sun exposure, can take their toll on our skin, causing it to lose elasticity and function properly.

The Cleveland Clinic recently reported that there are several ingredients that can help restore the natural appearance of your skin (and it just so happens that we have products with all of these ingredients for you to re-sell!) . Here’s a list of the top skincare and cosmetic ingredients that can help repair and restore skin from both internal and external sources of damage, so you can keep your skin looking young and healthy no matter what your age.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

One of the most popular skincare and cosmetic ingredients that repair and restore skin function and appearance are alpha hydroxy acids. AHAs are exfoliants that also have brightening abilities. They help to repair skin by reducing the number of corneocytes on the surface of the skin, which can lead to roughness, wrinkles, brown spots, redness, hyperpigmentation (dark spots), as well as acne.

Products with AHAs:

Licorice Extract

Licorice extract is a skin-lightening agent that helps fight hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage, acne scars, age spots, melasma, and eczema. This ingredient works by reducing the melanocytes in your skin, thus reducing pigment.

Products with Licorice Extract:

Hyaluronic Acid

A naturally occurring substance in the body, Hyaluronic Acid is a key to healthier skin. It's found in many skin care products due to its ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, giving your skin a plump, youthful appearance. It also helps improve your skin's texture by holding onto moisture and softening the surface of the skin.

Products with Hyaluronic Acid:


Niacinamide is a form of Niacin or B3 that has been shown to improve the visible signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, and acne through its restorative functions. It is also an antioxidant which may help protect against environmental factors such as air pollution, ultraviolet radiation from sunlight, or chemical exposures.

Products with Niacinamide:

Salicylic Acid (BHA):

Salicylic acid is a type of beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that is most commonly used to treat acne. It can also be used as an exfoliant, which will help remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Other benefits include treating blackheads, reducing inflammation and redness caused by acne, and removing excess oil from the pores.

Products with Salicylic Acid:

The Daily Grind Exfoliating Cleanser:

L-Ascorbic Acid

L-ascorbic acid is a natural antioxidant that is often used in skincare products to improve the appearance of skin. It also helps to reduce signs of aging, such as wrinkles and age spots. It can be applied topically as an anti-aging serum or mixed with other creams or lotions. You should start using it after you’ve cleansed your face, but before you apply any other skincare product.

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Retinoids, or vitamin A derivatives, work by speeding up the cell turnover process. They also help to increase collagen production to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol is a retinoic acid in over-the-counter topical form that is typically applied at night because of its potential for sun sensitivity.

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Dimethicone is a silicone-based ingredient that is effective at repairing scar tissue and moisturizing and softening the skin.

Products with Dimethicone:

Copper Peptide

Dermatologists recommend copper peptide for its ability to heal skin, reduce inflammation, prevent scarring, and reduce the formation of wrinkles.

Products with Copper Peptides: