Three star ingredients to help improve skin resilience

Dryness, redness, roughness, tightness and a weakened skin barrier. If these are skin complaints you can relate to, you need to meet this trio of hero ingredients.

It’s a tough job being the human body’s largest organ, skin! And even more challenging for the delicate skin that makes up your complexion.

Many of us experience dry and dehydrated skin, but for those with sensitive skin, there’s the added challenge of frequent dryness, tightness, redness and other irritations.

Here are three ingredients to look out for that can assist your skin with whatever internal or external aggressors are working against it.


The “it” skincare ingredient for a reason, niacinamide (vitamin B3) is considered a holy grail solution for many common skincare issues including signs of ageing.

This super vitamin has been shown to help reverse and prevent signs of skin ageing, brighten and smooth skin, calm redness, decrease the appearance of pores and hydrate and support the skin barrier.

Well-tolerated by even the most sensitive skin, topical niacinamide is a must in any beauty regimen.


The name may not rattle off the tongue the way some skincare heroes do, but panthenol is one hydrating ingredient that needs to be part of your skin resilience arsenal.

Also known as provitamin B5, panthenol functions in several different ways – both as a humectant, attracting water to and holding it in the skin, and an emollient, smoothing and softening the skin.

That’s double the benefits in one powerhouse vitamin, and we say, yes please.


Another effective skincare ingredient that’s also a powerful humectant, glycerin is a naturally occurring molecule that helps keeps skin moist and supple.

One 2016 study described it as “the most effective humectant” available to increase hydration to the top layer of your skin.

It’s non-comedogenic (meaning it doesn’t block pores), non-allergenic and gentle, making it suitable for all skin types.

A unique blend of ingredients for sensitive skin

Someone who knows all about treating sensitive skin is Cetaphil, this year celebrating 75 years of skincare innovation with a new blend of ingredients for sensitive skin.

Five products have been reformulated including Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, Oily Skin Cleanser, Moisturising Lotion, Moisturising Cream and Daily Advance.

The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, Oily Skin Cleanser and Moisturising Lotion are all available in the 1.25L size, exclusively in Chemist Warehouse.

They all contain a science-backed blend of ingredients, including niacinamide to strengthen the skin barrier, panthenol to soothe and restore dry skin and glycerin to help prevent dryness.

A perfect way to kick off your skincare routine for the warmer weather — helping you with resilient skin that feels smooth, soft and hydrated. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!

* This post is brought to you by Cetaphil.