Beauty Ingredients you Never Knew you Needed

Laura Gannon, Beauty Addict is She & Co's featured beauty writer. 

Glycolic Acid

First up on our list of skin beautifying ingredients is glycolic acid. When out and about shopping for new skincare or scrolling through your fave online beauty destination, make sure you find a product that contains this wonder ingredient. What does it do?  It is used to improve the skin’s texture and appearance by light exfoliation. It is a key ingredient in chemical peels used by dermatologists! No need to worry though as glycolic acid in skincare brands available in pharmacies are at a much lower concentration than at the dermatologists. So it's totes safe.

Cheap and cheerful: Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads

Feeling fancy: Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Retexturizing Pads

Hyaluronic Acid

Next up on the skincare must-haves is another acid, hyaluronic. This is one you'll definitely have heard before on those glossy TV ads with porcelain skinned women with lots of shiny hair. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to restore and boost skin’s moisture content, and prevent moisture loss. This makes it essential for anti-aging.

Cheap and cheerful: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturiser

Feeling fancy: Kiehls ‘Super Multi Corrective’ Cream

Vitamin E

A well known beauty ingredient that protects skin from antioxidant damage, Vitamin E should definitely be part of your skincare routine (if you have one). Often used to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and damage.

Cheap and cheerful: Dr. Organic Vitamin E Pure Oil Complex

Feeling fancy : Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm


The holy grail of good skincare. If you take one thing away from this list, it should be to wear an SPF everyday to look after your skin and prevent some of the signs of ageing. If you are going to do one thing for your skin this year start using a broad spectrum SPF every day (yes even in winter). It's recommended to use a minimum of SPF 30.

This can be in your moisturiser or in your foundation, as long as it's in one of them.

Cheap and cheerful: Nivea Sun Anti-age Face Sun Cream SPF30

Feeling fancy: Shiseido Urban Environment Protection Cream Plus SPF50 50ml