One of my goals last year was to streamline my skincare purchases by sticking to preferred ingredients and a avoiding impulse purchases (filled with things that I didn’t understand) due to hype.

I have done a lot better at that, and one step I took to get there was identifying my top five supplemental ingredients – components I value and feel are effective for me personally. Since choosing these 5, I no longer feel swayed to get the alleged next big thing.

Here are my top 5:

  1. Arbutinalpha arbutin – Brightening pigmentation. I previously got this from Deciem’s TO Alpha Arbutin 2% serum and plan to reintroduce it through Kikumasamune’s toner.
  2. Centella asiaticamadecassoside, asiaticoside, asiatic acid – Healing irritation and scars. Also known as tiger grass or asiatic pennywort. I’m getting this from Klairs’ Rich Moist Soothing Serum.
  3. Green Teacamellia sinensis – Hydration. I discovered this works well for me with the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum. Fortunately, green tea seed is frequently used in many different products. I’m currently getting this from Whamisa’s Green Tea Serum Toner.
  4. Licoricedipotassium¬†glycyrrhizate, glycyrrhiza glabra Brightening pigmentation. I’m getting this from Klairs Moist Rich Serum.
  5. Vitamin A retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinyl linoleate – The undisputed and well-respected champion age fighter – retinol/retinoids. I am getting this currently from Deciem TO Advanced Retinoid 2%.

I omitted niacin because, though it is a well-regarded ingredient and I have no allergies to it, skincare is personal and niacin is not effective for me. I also omitted BHA and AHA because I value so highly that they are my essentials, not supplements.