The Glossy Glossary: All You Need To Know About Skincare Ingredients


Ever find yourself baffled by the many many ingredients in the huge amount of skincare products on the market? You’re not alone if you do… Which is one of the reasons why we’ve tried our very best to make the GLOSSYBOX Skincare range as simple and straightforward as possible!

To help you fully understand all of the key ingredients in each of the ten products in our skincare range, we’ve put together the Glossy Glossary. 


What Ingredients Can You Expect To Find In GLOSSYBOX Skincare?

The GLOSSYBOX Skincare range is made up of gentle, yet hard working key ingredients that can be sorted into five ingredient groupings:

  • Active ingredients – natural ingredients that are used to boost your skincare products
  • Clays – used to gently cleanse and help remove excess oils and impurities from the surface of the skin
  • Cleansers – include detergents that allow water to wash away the excess oil and dirt from the skin
  • Emollients – ingredients that help to keep skin feeling hydrated by locking in moisture
  • Scrubs – include ingredients that help refine the very surface of the skin and help remove dead skin cells

Hyaluronic Acid

This ingredient occurs naturally in our joints and eyes to help them retain moisture, and can absorb 1000 times its own weight in water! Ideal for hydrating and smoothing dry skin, hyaluronic acid helps to temporarily improve the appearance of fine lines.

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Kangaroo Paw Extract

This Australian flower extract is 100% natural. It is loved for its nectar, which will leave your skin feeling super soft, smooth and supple!

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White Willow Bark Extract

The bark of White Willow tree contains salicylic acid, a superhero ingredient that’s known to be a great exfoliator. Completely natural, this ingredient helps to refine and smooth skin.

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Cactus Stem Extract

Refined from the Mexican organic prickly pear cactus, this ingredient is a skincare saviour. Containing vitamins B1, B2 and C, cactus stem extract works to leave your complexion looking and feeling fresh, supple and highly moisturised.

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Cornish Clay

This light, soft clay is sourced from the open-cast pits of Cornwall. Fine-grained plate like particles in this clay help to remove excess oils and impurities from the skin’s surface, leaving it feeling deeply cleansed.

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Pink Clay

This gorgeously coloured clay provides your skin with a silky finish after use. High in silicon dioxide, aluminium dioxide and iron oxide, this unique mineral clay leaves skin feeling perfectly purified.

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This multi-functioning cleansing agent conditions and cleanses your skin with ease. Sourced from the fatty acids of coconut oil, coco-betaine is a gentle ingredient that helps to remove dirt and excess oils, without stripping skin of its natural moisture.

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Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate

A plant-derived cleansing agent, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate has foam boosting properties that lather up luxuriously when used. This dramatic creamy foam leaves skin gorgeously cleansed and comforted.

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Sweet Almond Oil

Native to the almond trees of Asia, this oil is rich in Omega-9 and Omega-3 fatty acids. This oil is ideal for keeping your complexion feeling soft, smooth and nourished – even if your skin is usually incredibly dry!

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Tsubaki Oil

Harvested from the seeds of the camellia plant, found on the volcanic island of Jeju in South Korea, this ingredient was traditionally used in the beauty regimes of Japanese Geishas. This oil is high in essential Omega-9 fatty acids that help protect the skin against external stressors, and will leave your skin feeling nourished.

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Babassu Seed Oil

Sourced from the dense jungles of Brazil, Babassu Seed Oil is packed with essential fatty acids. Your complexion will feel soft and nourished after using any products that include this ingredient.

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Shea Butter

Sourced from the fruit of the Shea tree, Shea butter is an indulgent ingredient that helps to soften and protect your skin, thanks to high levels of Omega-9, Oleic Acid and Stearic acid!

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Blueberry Seed Oil

Made from upcycled blueberries, our Blueberry Seed Oil is packed full of Omega-3 fatty acids and skin-loving antioxidants that hydrate and nourish the skin. Our Blueberry Seed Oil is also kind to the planet, as it’s manufactured using a cold, low energy process that reduces our carbon footprint.

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Rice Powder

Originally domesticated in China over 12,000 years ago, rice is a great exfoliator! Helping to buff away dead skin cells from the trickiest corners of your skin, rice powder will leave your skin feeling gorgeously soft and smooth. It’s also a fab eco-friendly alternative to microbeads!

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Charcoal Powder

Sourced from bamboo plants, Charcoal powder helps to deeply cleanse and purify the skin. As well as leaving your complexion looking clarified, this key ingredient is also effective at fighting blemishes to leave your skin looking flawless!

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Find Out More About GLOSSYBOX Skincare 

Want to read more about the GLOSSYBOX Skincare range? On our blog you’ll be able to read the story behind GLOSSYBOX Skincare as well as follow our step by step routines for your skin type: 

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Emily Cotton

Emily Cotton

Beauty Editor

I'm someone who loves getting glammed up, but I feel like I never have enough time. Frequently running between work, the gym and seeing friends means my makeup routine is quick and often touched up on the go. Therefore, beauty products that serve as multi-purpose are perfect for me - a blush that works for cheeks and lips is a must in my makeup bag!