All Fig.1 formulations are built from scratch by our cosmetic chemist, Lizzy Trelstad, and our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Courtney Rubin.

Every product starts with a skincare goal — for instance, to cleanse, hydrate, resurface, brighten, nourish, or repair. These goals demand curated complexes of potent, science-backed active ingredients. “Actives,” as we call them, are the foundation of every product. We then scientifically select supporting ingredients that either boost the efficacy of the actives or directly promote healthy skin.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here, you can browse our hero ingredients and learn how they work in each of our products.

Note: our skincare products are fragrance-free, meaning they do not contain any synthetic fragrance or odor-masking ingredients.

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Bioactive Peptides

Peptides are short chains of amino acid molecules. They are the building blocks that help your skin feel plump and smooth.

When applied topically, peptides can help decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone and improve skin elasticity. For all of these reasons, they’re perfect for the under-eye area, which is typically one of the first areas to show signs of aging. You can find peptides listed as palmitoyl tripeptide-1 and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 in our RP Repair Eye Cream.

We also use peptides in our Ceramide Seal Moisturizer, Retinol Renewal Cream No. 1, and Retinol Renewal Cream No. 2.

Ceramides

Ceramides are waxy fats that serve as building blocks for healthy skin. They act as the “glue” between skin cells, to help maintain and protect healthy skin cell structure. They are ideal for providing all-day moisture and sealing in hydration. 

Ceramides are used to provide clinically-proven 24-hour moisturization in our Ceramide Seal Moisturizer, and for their reparative effects in our RP Repair Eye Cream.

We also feature ceramides in our N4 Niacinamide Nourishing Treatment, Retinol Renewal Cream No. 1 and Retinol Renewal Cream No. 2.

Encapsulated Retinol

Encapsulated retinol is the best method for delivering the glowing skin benefits of retinol, without irritation. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A that visibly diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, while evening skin tone. Encapsulation creates a fishnet-like structure around retinol, allowing for an even and slow release of the ingredient overnight.

You can find encapsulated retinol in our Retinol Renewal Cream No. 1 and Retinol Renewal Cream No. 2, formulated with .15% and .3% encapsulated retinol, respectively.

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid, or AHA. AHAs have a particular molecular structure that gently dissolves the “gunk” - or sebum - between dead skin cells. As a chemical exfoliant, glycolic acid supports healthy cell turnover and reveals your glowing complexion.

For best results, without irritation, we use glycolic acid at 4% in our Glycolic Glow Treatment.

Grapeseed Oil

Seed oils like grapeseed contain hundreds of skin-beneficial ingredients, from fatty acids to antioxidants. Seed oils are often used to support actives as the base of formulas. At Fig.1, we choose them instead of fillers or irritants. You can find grapeseed oil as a skin-friendly oil in all Fig.1 products—we love it that much!

In our Micellar Oil Cleanser, grapeseed oil helps dissolve dirt, makeup and excess oils on the surface of your skin. This follows from the chemistry concept “like dissolves like.” From there, our gentle emulsifier kicks in to lift and rinse the oils away, without stripping your skin!

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a super-hydrator, ideal for anyone with dry or dehydrated skin. It’s made up of sugar molecules that are very good at attracting and holding water at the skin’s surface.

Hyaluronic acid can take many forms, and often comes in varying molecular weights, depending on how long each sugar chain is. On an ingredient list, you may see hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate or sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer - these are all forms of hyaluronic acid.

At Fig.1, we use multiple molecular weights of sodium hyaluronate to help provide clinically-proven 24-hour moisturization in our Ceramide Seal Moisturizer.

We also use this super-hydrator in our RP Repair Eye Cream, Retinol Renewal Cream No. 1 and Retinol Renewal Cream No. 2.

Minerals

Minerals like zinc, magnesium and copper are essential for healthy skin. Think about it this way: just as your body needs salt, your skin needs ions.

Essential minerals are added to skincare as metal ions. They’re often found in toners, serums, lotions or gels dissolved in a high percentage of water. We use a metal ion complex in our N4 Niacinamide Nourishing Treatment to help aid in skin soothing and renewal.

Niacinamide

Niacinamide’s powerful skin benefits include evening tone, reducing redness and calming inflammation. Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 and is ideal for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. When it feels like nothing else works, reach for niacinamide.

For the best results, niacinamide is used at 4% in our N4 Niacinamide Nourishing Treatment.

Postbiotic Ferments

You have probably heard of prebiotics and probiotics. Postbiotics are further down the bacteria food chain and are naturally antimicrobial, which means that they defend against bad, acne-causing bacteria. Postbiotic ferments support a healthy skin microbiome, the skin’s first line of defense against irritation.

In our N4 Niacinamide Nourishing Treatment, you can find them on the ingredient list as lactobacillus ferment and leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate.

Squalane

Squalane is a clear, lightweight oil that is found in your skin’s natural biochemistry. It’s essential for healthy, balanced skin.

The squalane in your skincare products is plant-based, usually from olives. When used in skincare formulas, squalane provides lightweight, non-greasy moisturization. The best part: if you have oily skin, squalane offers the nourishing benefits of oils, without adding weight or an oily finish. That means it’s great for all skin types!

At Fig.1, we use squalane as part of a nourishing and non-stripping oil blend in our Micellar Oil Cleanser. We also use it in our Glycolic Glow Treatment to calm redness or irritation that might otherwise come from chemical exfoliation.

You can also find squalane as a deeply hydrating oil in our N4 Nourishing Treatment, Ceramide Seal Moisturizer, RP Repair Eye Cream, Retinol Renewal Cream No. 1 and Retinol Renewal Cream No. 2.

Retinyl Palmitate

Retinyl palmitate is another vitamin A derivative and a close relative of retinol. It works a little slower and gentler on the skin to visibly diminish the appearance of wrinkles, while evening skin tone. It’s an ideal retinol alternative for delicate skin, like the under-eye area. That’s why you’ll find it in our RP Repair Eye Cream.