Parabens are a preservative that’s typically used in food or cosmetics to prolong the shelf life of a product by preventing the growth of bacteria and mould, but have harmful effects on the skin and environment. They are labelled on products in their scientific term; bultylpareben, methylparaben and propylparaben are the most common ones to look for. [Paraben free](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/skincare?prefn1=beauty-ingredientpreferences&prefv1=Paraben%20Free) therefore refers to products that are formulated without parabens, like [Clinique’s](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/brands/clinique) iconic [Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/skincare/moisturisers/day-creams/dramatically-different-moisturizing-lotion-125-ml-with-pump/2500000808241.html), which balances moisture levels and provides rich lasting hydration.
[Retinol](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/skincare?prefn1=beauty-ingredientpreferences&prefv1=Retinol) (a.k.a vitamin A) is used to stimulate the renewal of cells, and is often found in anti-aging products. [Shiseido’s Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Eye Mask](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/skincare/treatments/masks/benefiance-wrinkleresist24-pure-retinol--eye-mask/2938221275366.html) is infused with pure retinol micro-infusion technology to reduce the appearance of wrinkles for a refined appearance around the eyes.
Also known as BHA (Beta-Hydroxy Acid), [Salicylic Acid](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/skincare?prefn1=beauty-ingredientpreferences&prefv1=Salicylic%20Acid) provides the skin with anti-inflammatory action and dissolves the substance that causes skin cells to stick together, making it highly effective for targeting breakouts and acne. [Dermalogica’s](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/brands/dermalogica) latest innovation, [Age Bright Spot Fader](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/skincare/treatments/specialist-treatments/age-bright-spot-fader/2530011402527.html) is a two-in-one spot treatment that utilises salicylic acid to clear away breakouts and any marks left behind. Bonus, [everything from Dermalogica](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/brands/dermalogica) is cruelty free.