Humectant, emollient, antioxidant – how do they work and what is the difference?

Conscious skin care should, first and foremost, be tailored to individual needs. So it is best to choose your products deliberately and know what ingredients and labels you should pay attention to. Here are a few suggestions on how to better understand the needs of your skin and take care of its condition and appearance.
Humektant, emolient, antyoksydant – jak działają i co je różni?

How do we choose active ingredients?

When creating our cosmetics, we pay special attention to the function of a particular ingredient. In addition, we believe that only the conscious consumer will be able to best assess the needs of their skin and choose the most beneficial ingredients. We are happy to share our knowledge and experience. In this way, we hope to make it easier for our Customers to choose the right cosmetics. Below we explain what terms found on our website mean and what to look for when choosing your cosmetic from our offer.


Humectants are substances with the ability to bind water. They provide our skin with proper hydration and regulate the level of moisture in the epidermis, retaining water in the stratum corneum. Thanks to this property, dry skin can become soft and elastic. Without humectants, water deficiency would cause roughness and would expose the skin to irritations.
Therefore, although cosmetics rich in humectants should especially be used by people struggling with allergies or psoriasis, or during dermatological treatments, it is worth taking them into account in the care of any type of skin.
Humectants include, for example, hyaluronic acid, grape extract, aloe vera, glycerin.


Antioxidants are particularly valued in cosmetics due to their anti-aging properties. These compounds owe their name to their ability to neutralize free radicals (an excess of which causes the skin to lose its ability to regenerate quickly, which contributes to the formation of wrinkles) and protect the body from the harmful effects of oxidative stress (e.g. UV radiation, smoking, environmental pollution or improper diet).
Antioxidants in cosmetics have an anti-inflammatory effect, protect the skin from harmful sunlight, contribute to the reduction of discoloration and stimulate the production of collagen responsible for skin firmness. As a result, they improve the appearance and condition of the skin, keeping it young for longer. It is, therefore, not surprising that they are one of the most important components of anti-aging and lifting cosmetics.