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What is Active Cosmetics all about?


Von Apotheker Alexander Helm

Aus therapeutischer Sicht überprüft von Heilpraktikerin Antje Gerhold-Andersch

Alle Casida Ratgeber Inhalte werden medizinisch überprüft.

zuletzt aktualisiert am: 30. June 2020

The term active cosmetics refers to skin care products with proven active ingredients for long-term improvement of skin complexion. This improvement in the complexion must be clinically confirmed.

The ingredients that frequently appear in active cosmetics include:

  • Hyaluronic acid (HA)
  • Vitamin C 
  • Retinol /vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Antioxidants
  • Peptides
  • Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA)

The list of active ingredients expands from time to time.

The active substances mentioned must be correspondingly highly concentrated in products such as serums or creams in order to achieve the desired effects.

What should I expect from active cosmetics?

With the right active ingredient for your own skin type and the right dosage, skin damage can be reduced, skin aging and wrinkles prevented, impurities removed and pigment spots prevented. However, long-term usage is also required for active ingredient cosmetics in order to achieve visible effects.

When it comes to active ingredient cosmetics, caution is advised with some products that contain retinol, for example. An overdose can cause skin irritation. Skincare products containing retinol should be applied “progressively” i.e. 1-2 times a week at initial stage, then slowly increased when the skin showing good tolerance.

What should I take a note about the products?

There are a few points to consider when choosing active cosmetics:

  • Active cosmetics are intended to achieve long-term improvement of the skin, which means that tt is different common cosmetic care products that often have short-term effect. In order to do this, the concentration of the relevant (“active”) ingredients is crucial. Therefore, always pay attention to the concentration when choosing a product.
  • Your skin type and the condition of your skin are crucial when choosing care. If you are unsure, it is best to get professional advice or pay a visit to the family doctor or skin consultant.
  • The improvement in skin condition does not happen overnight. Active ingredient cosmetics take time to bring into effect. Therefore, you have to use active ingredient cosmetics according to the instructions with patience, and not be discouraged if the results are not immediately visible.
  • The combination of selected active ingredients is often decisive for the full effect of active cosmetics.

What is the differences between active cosmetics and natural cosmetics?

Generally speaking, natural cosmetics only uses ingredients of natural origin – i.e. of plants, animals and minerals. However, this does not mean that natural cosmetics or these raw materials are exclusively vegan, or are less allergenic than synthetically produced ingredients. Many raw materials of natural origin could be allergenic.

Casida’s Active Cosmetic Products

Casida offers a collection of vegan and cruelty-free active cosmetic products such as the skin-renewing retinol cream with hyaluronic acid, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Serum Intensive, Vitamin C Serum with HA and the highly concentrated Retinol Serum. The active cosmetics from Casida are free of chemical additives such as colors, fragrances and preservatives.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum Intensive

  • high concentration
  • plumping


incl. German VAT
831.67 / 1 L

Retinol Cream with Hyaluronic Acid

  • anti-aging


incl. German VAT
499.00 / 1 L

Retinol Serum

  • high concentration


incl. German VAT
831.67 / 1 L

Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid

  • anti-aging
  • antioxidative
  • moisture


incl. German VAT
831.67 / 1 L

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