The Good Stuff: Good Ingredients, Good Formulas

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I’m so glad we’re having this conversation about ingredients, because what goes in to your skincare is incredibly important. A great parallel to skincare ingredients is food. In the days before Whole Foods, I would go to the store and really spend time looking at the labels in order to figure out what the best choices were for myself and my family. It’s the same with cosmetics – we as consumers need to know what is tried and true in terms of healthiness, efficacy and quality. 

With Care Skincare, the team has already “read the labels” on each ingredient and formula so you can rest assured the products you’re putting on your skin are safe, proven and tested. The big NO’s are gone (like that Meghan Trainor song): NO fragrance, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil or alcohol. NO to animal testing, too. 

The formulas are created based on safety of ingredients, experience and performance. Instead of the “trend of the moment”, established ingredients that have credibility in the scientific community and that have been used for enough time are featured. Each product is formulated and bottled here, in the United States. 

Just as every item in my shopping cart at the store isn’t organic, Care isn’t an all organic, all natural line. I spoke with Debbie D’Aquino, Head of Product Innovation for Care Skincare, and she told me that everything natural is not necessarily good for your skin, and not everything synthetic is bad. As a matter of fact, certain ingredients can be created more cleanly and safely in a lab (like any Vitamin A derivative or retinol product). 

Her main criteria for ingredients: they must be clean, tried, tested and true, support each other within the formula and synergize with your skin – because skin shouldn’t have to work too hard to recognize and use what it’s given. 

Here’s a list of some of the superior ingredients Care uses in their products and the benefits to your skin each provides: 

Asorbic Acid (shown above): when life gives you lemons, you know what to do! Asorbic Acid is a powerful antioxidant and de-ager. The most researched type of Vitamin C in terms of skin benefits, it may also help prevent and treat UV damage.  

Alpha-Arbutin has been around for centuries. An extract from the bearberry plant, it works to delay the production of melanin for a brighter, more even complexion. 

Black Tea Ferment is a natural grade fermentation used for radiance, anti-aging and smoothing. 

Caffeine: has been shown to constrict blood vessels, soothe and temporarily reduce swelling, and fight free radical damage. 

Granactive Retinoid™ combats the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while increasing elasticity for a firmer, smoother and more luminous skin texture. 

Hyaluronic Acid: skin creates this super molecule naturally, but time and environmental stresses can diminish your supply. Cushions, smooths and plumps skin by attracting and retaining moisture. Every Care formula, from cleanser + toner to serum, contains Hyaluronic Acid. 

Peptides: powerful anti-agers that send out messages to skin to repair and heal itself. 

Royal Jelly Extract is not only a regal name – it is one of the richest sources of protein and vitamins with 17 amino acids and encourages production of collagen and elastin. 

Superoxide Dismutase can also be found in broccoli, wheatgrass and other green plants. An important antioxidant defense for cells exposed to oxygen. 

Squalane Oil, derived from olives, is hydrating, soothing, non-irritating and non-comedogenic. Fantastic for all skin types, from dry to sensitive to oily and acne-prone.  

Turmeric Extract comes from the roots of a flowering plant and provides a strong antioxidant defense, plus calms and soothes inflammation. 

FYI, Care Skincare provides a full ingredient list of every product on their website.  

I’m always ready to talk skincare! If you need to know more, send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I have the answer. 

With Thanks, 



Michelle is a former beauty executive and contributing writer who loves being part of the Care Skincare Team. She’s married with two small children who have more energy than all the drinks on a Starbucks menu.