SO…What is the difference? Active vs Inactive Ingredients?

When you understand the difference between active and inactive ingredients in skin care it can make the difference between a skincare routine that works versus one that stresses out your skin.

Think of active ingredients like the main event in skincare products, the key ingredient(s) used to treat whatever skin concern you’re targeting, whether it be keeping acne flare-ups at bay, improving your skin’s texture and tone, reducing inflammation, or reducing the visible signs of aging.

Inactive ingredients come in the form of emollients and stabilizers, and their purpose is to transport the actives in skin care to the intended target areas of the skin. In addition to being the vehicle that gets active ingredients where they need to go, these ingredients are also responsible for the texture, shelf life, and scent of the product.


Retinol proven to stimulate cell turn-over and assists with the production of collagen while enhancing skin firmness.

AHA & BHA works to exfoliate the skin and breaks down the bonds that hold dull dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic are preferred for normal to dry, sun-damaged skin, BHAs such as salicylic acid are ideal for normal to oily skin that is prone to acne and clogged pores.

Vitamin C Next to retinol, vitamin C is a top ingredient for all skin types. Vitamin C works as a high antioxidant to intervene free radical damage. It also helps to lighten and brighten pigmentation and can even stimulate collagen production. Every skin-care regimen should include topical vitamin C to protect the skin.


Botanicals: These inactives can come from flowers, plants, seeds, and nuts and are distilled into powerful extracts and oils that can then be used for natural skin care.

Emollients Most commonly found in moisturizers, emollients work to soften and smooth the skin improving the texture of the skin.

Preservatives: Preservatives are what extend the lifespan of your products. Beyond this, they are also used to eliminate bacteria growth and contamination.

Face2Face Skincare Naturals products are formulated with both professional grade active and inactive ingredients to give you the best in natural skincare!