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3 Best Ingredient Types for Skincare


No matter your age, your skin needs ingredients from these three categories every day. Each group includes dozens of different ingredients that can provide amazing benefits. Shopping for products that contain a range of these ingredients is the best approach to improving your skin's appearance.

Antioxidants are ingredients that intercept problems in the environment and then, through a complex process, stop, or at the very least lessen, their visible impact on your skin. That means you'll see fewer signs of aging and a more vibrant, healthier-looking skin tone!

There's no shortage of antioxidants available"”most occur in fruits and vegetables, others are from vitamins or made in a lab (something we call "designer antioxidants"). Both natural and lab-made antioxidants benefit your skin"”and you cannot begin using antioxidants too soon. Antioxidants work via different pathways and on different types of environmental threats to your skin, which is why we advise using products that contain a potent mix of antioxidants, not just one or two.

For Anti-Pollution Defense:

  • Gluathione
  • Superoxide dismutase
  • Ubiquinone

For Firming Skin:

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • Flaxseed Oil
  • Linoleic Acid
  • Almond Oil

For Brighter Complexion

  • Vitamin C

For Soothing Skin

  • Green Tea
  • Chamomile
  • Beta-Glucan

For Fighting Wrinkles

  • The more the better of the above anti-oxidants

Skin-Replenishing Ingredients
Skin-replenishing ingredients help fortify and revive your skin's surface, supplying long-lasting infusions of hydration. Skin-replenishing ingredients are found in all types of products, from facial cleansers to eye creams. These ingredients help your skin look and feel soft, smooth, and supple. With ongoing use, skin-replenishing ingredients help your skin resist moisture loss and maintain an enviably smooth, plump appearance.

There are fewer skin-replenishing ingredients than there are antioxidants, but we've listed some of the most well-researched skin-replenishing ingredients here:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Sodium hyaluronate
  • Ceramides
  • Glycerin
  • Fatty acids
  • Cholesterol
  • Glycosaminoglycans
  • Sodium PCA
  • Amino acids
  • Sphingolipids
  • Salicylic acid
  • Glycolic acid

Skin-Restoring Ingredients
Skin-restoring ingredients have a special ability to care for your skin's surface in a way that helps transform it to appear noticeably younger. These ingredients can bring about a renewed feeling of firmness and, over time, a more even-looking complexion.

Skin-restoring ingredients also help improve a dull skin tone and rough texture, and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles"”including deep wrinkles. They work beautifully with antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients to give aging, lackluster skin the total package of what it needs to look younger and more radiant on numerous levels.

Well-researched examples of skin-restoring ingredients include anti-aging superstar retinol, and

  • Niacinamide
  • Peptides
  • Linoleic and linolenic acids
  • Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (found in green tea)
  • Adenosine
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