Our Skincare Ingredient Glossary

View a full list of NEOSTRATA ingredients and descriptions below.

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Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
Why add Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) to your skincare routine?

Alpha Hydroxy Acids are a family of naturally occurring acids that work as exfoliants and also target skin’s supportive matrix. They have the unique ability to slough away surface skin cells to reveal new healthy ones for softer, smoother, less visibly lined skin. AHAs are the ingredient solution for refining texture and creating uniformity of the skin’s surface. Use in conjunction with sunscreen protection.


Why add Aminofil to your skincare routine?

Aminofil is a revolutionary amino acid derivative. This ingredient targets expression lines such as scowl (glabellar) lines, furrows, smile (nasolabial) lines and crow’s feet. Aminofil is the ingredient solution for volume building, plumping and firming skin’s appearance.


Why add Bakuchiol to your skincare routine?

Bakuchiol is a plant-derived ingredient isolated from the seeds of the plant Psoralea corylifolia (Buguchi). Bakuchiol is a small molecule that mimics certain actions of retinol via topical skin application.

Citric Acid (AHA/BHA)
Why add Citric Acid to your skincare routine?

Citric Acid is found naturally in citrus fruits and is a powerful Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Acid that has antioxidant and corrective antiageing effects, helping to minimise the visible signs of photodamage. This AHA/BHA gives the added benefit of being a powerful antioxidant to help protect skin against the visible signs of oxidative stress and make skin appear more youthful.


Gluconolactone (PHA)
Why add Gluconolactone to your skincare routine?

Gluconolactone is found naturally in the skin and provides antiageing and gentle exfoliating benefits without sun sensitivity. Sensitive skin types as well as those who have had recent superficial cosmetic procedures will find comfort in this molecule’s gentle nature. Gluconolactone strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier leaving it more resilient, while also providing potent antioxidant benefits.


Glycolic Acid (AHA)

Why add Glycolic Acid to your skincare routine?

Glycolic Acid, an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), normalises the skin’s exfoliation process, refines the appearance of pore size, helps fade discolourations to even skin tone, and smooths the look of fine lines and wrinkles as it retexturises skin.

Hyaluronic Acid

Why add Hyaluronic Acid to your skincare routine?

Hyaluronic Acid is a natural glycosaminoglycan (GAG) found in the skin’s support matrix. When applied topically, it acts as a moisture sponge to attract water and hydrates at the skin’s surface.

Lactobionic and Maltobionic Acids (PHAs)

Why add Lactobionic and Maltobionic Acids (PHAs) to your skincare routine?

Lactobionic and Maltobionic Acids are part of the PHA family and are also non-irritating. These patented ingredients are known as "Bionic Acids" and are derived from natural sugars. They help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, discolouration, enlarged pores and roughness through gentle exfoliation. The bionics are a key choice for very dehydrated, parched and dry skin types.

Mandelic Acid (AHA)

Why add Mandelic Acid to your skincare routine?

Mandelic Acid is found naturally in almonds and is a lipophilic, oil-loving AHA, making it ideal for use on oily skin. Mandelic Acid also reduces oily shine over time. This is the perfect AHA for oily and blemish-prone skin types.


Why add NeoGlucosamine to your skincare routine?

NeoGlucosamine is a patented non-acid amino sugar that improves the appearance of photoaged skin, fades existing skin discolourations, visibly firms, and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles.

Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs)

Why add Polyhydroxy Acids to your skincare routine?

Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs) are non-irritating, gentle exfoliators that are ideal for any skin type, including sensitive skin. PHAs improve skin texture, even skin tone, and reduce the appearance of pores. PHAs can be used post-procedure, demonstrating their gentle, but effective nature.


Why add Retinol to your skincare routine?

Pure Retinol, a form of Vitamin A, helps smooth wrinkles and diminishes the appearance of uneven pigment.

Vitamin C

Why add Vitamin C to your skincare routine?

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an antioxidant that protects the skin against UV induced free radicals to help maintain a youthful appearance.