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All skincare products are not created equal—and using the right ones for your unique challenges and concerns can make a big difference in the overall health and appearance of your skin. Yet with so many ingredients and formulas to choose from, it can be tricky to know where to start.
Lucky for you, we’ve done the legwork. Here are six key ingredients and how to start using them right now.
As we age, our skin begins to lose collagen, which is responsible for a smooth, taut, youthful appearance. Similar to how a grape becomes a raisin, this collagen loss leads to lines, wrinkles and creases. The best line of defense: Vitamin A (the main component of over-the-counter retinols a
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Milk has myriad benefits, and not just for cappuccino and yogurt parfaits—it can work wonders for your skin and hair, too. “Milk contains lactic acid, which is an alpha-hydroxy acid (like citric acid and glycolic acids). Lactic acid helps to gently exfoliate and release dead cells from the surface of the skin without rough mechanical exfoliation techniques. Milk also contains anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe redness and even itching,” explains New York City dermatologist, Dr. Jessica Krant.
But when it comes to store-bought skincare, “It’s rare to find actual dairy milk in a product due to potential spoilage,” Dr. Krant says, and the word “milk” is usually use
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What did we do before vitamin C? For starters, we got scurvy (but that was a long time ago). As far as our skin is concerned, research began to shed light on the beneficial effects of this antioxidant back in the late 90s, and advances in technology have helped optimize potency, absorption and its visible anti-aging effects. Known to stimulate collagen production and brighten the complexion, liquid-based serums were the only way to give your skin its daily dose before SkinCeuticals introduced their groundbreaking Phloretin CF Gel in 2011. But today, these alternative vitamin C formulations are having their moment in the limelight.
Vitabrid C12 FACE Brightening Powder ($60)
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You might get your 8 hours of nightly shut-eye, drink plenty of fluids, eat a well-balanced diet and have the best genes in the world, but if your skin isn’t looking its best, the culprit might be inside your makeup bag. Yes, makeup can make you look like your best self and then some, but if what you’re putting on your face is low quality, expired, contaminated or just doesn’t agree with you, it has the ability to undermine the best lifestyle choices and skincare regimen. According to the experts, when it comes to makeup this is what you need to know so you don’t sabotage your skin:
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Ramy Gafni, Creator of Ramy Cosmetics, “likes words like non-comedogenic, non-acne