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4 Skin Care Ingredients to Try (and What to Avoid)

Every year it seems like there's some beauty ingredient that promises a perfect complexion. When it comes down to it, however, which product components are actually good, and which ones should we be avoiding? "The majority of over-the-counter products are all pretty safe," explains celebrity dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer. "It's just a matter of how they are used. If a product is misused, that's a different story." But there are a few ingredients, when used correctly, of course, Dr. Lancer puts on his must-have list. Find out more when you keep reading.

The Must Haves:

  • Vitamin C: "No matter what, you need to have some sort of vitamin C component," explains Dr. Lancer. The reasoning? Vitamin C encourages the growth of collagen, the elastic tissue that gives skin its healthy-looking, plumped appearance.
  • Retinol: Retinol is a synthetic form of vitamin A. But its purpose? "It's used to improve the skin cell repair cycle," Dr. Lancer explains, "and vitamin A is required for the skin to repair itself."
  • Hyaluronic acid: "Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it brings moisture to the skin and allows it to remain there." Think of it as a dehydrating preventative that gives skin its bounce.
  • Glycolic acid: Dr. Lancer also recommends a glycolic acid, or some sort of fruit acid, which assists in the sloughing off of dead skin cells.

And avoid:

  • "As far as the not-haves, some ingredients are exotic and therefore expensive, and for some people it might have added value, but it's not cost effective," he states. So remember: just because the price tag is high, doesn't mean the benefits are equally as elevated.
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jamie-ferrari jamie-ferrari 5 years
The ingredients are meant to be for aging skin. Younger people might have reactions to some of the Dr.'s ingredients. I tried using a vitamin C serum when they first made their way on the market and my skin broke out and continued to until I stopped using it. Now, many years later, my skin responds well the must have ingredients in this article. xo
Peola Peola 5 years
If you have dry skin I recommend Shikai Borage Dry Skin Therapy. I use the 24 hour repair. I've used Cetaphil, Aveeno, Neutrogena, Purpose, all the common otc moisturizers, but this works the best because it really moisturizes without any kind of irritation.
Charmed1 Charmed1 5 years
I use topical ha serum, but also take NeoCell ha capsules as a supplement. It takes the moisture to eyes, joints as well as skin.
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