Three Ingredients Your Skin Needs Now

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We know that deciphering all of the promises and unpronounceable ingredients in skin-care products can be confusing. However, there are a few key elements you should be looking for depending on your skin’s needs. You can find them in over-the-counter products, but your dermatologist may recommend prescription-level amounts for significant results. Here are three important ingredients to look for and what they’ll do for you:

Peptides are found in all of your cells and are made up of two or more amino acids attached together with peptide bonds. They’re similar to proteins, but smaller. Products that include peptides help with healing the skin and increasing collagen production. These products can even remove damaged collagen from scar tissue and promote better healing after a chemical peel or laser resurfacing treatment. In order for them to work, they must be included in a formula that effectively penetrates the skin.

Retinol is derived from vitamin A and is included in skin-care products as an exfoliant that sloughs away dead skin cells and also can fight acne and reduce signs of sun damage. In prescription strength, you’ll be given retinoids. The over-the-counter ingredient is retinol. Both will make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to pair it with a good sunscreen.

Hyaluronic acid is available in supplements, topical creams or through injectable fillers. It helps to bind moisture in the skin, which is important as the skin ages and loses hydration (it also plays a key role in joint lubrication). Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the skin, but production of it diminishes over time and adding it to your beauty routine is believed to help plump the skin, making it look more youthful. Supplements are available in 20 mg, 50 mg or 100 mg, and are generally considered safe (although effects on pregnant women and their babies are unknown). You can find a plethora of over-the-counter beauty products that include hyaluronic acid, but you’ll want to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to receive hyaluronic acid injections.

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