Top 5 Skin Care Ingredients (That Actually Work!)

If you’ve been shopping for skincare lately then you know it’s a very overwhelming experience. There are so many products that claim mega benefits, some are expensive and some are not, some are packed with chemicals, and others use natural ingredients. It’s exhausting just thinking about it!

When you’re buying skincare for aging concerns it’s important to know what ingredients they contain and watch out for false claims. I look for products that contain several active ingredients that are proven to give results, as well as natural ingredients. Below is a list of ingredients that are a must for any good anti-aging skincare routine, as well as my suggestions from my two favorite anti-aging skincare lines: Mei Zen Skincare and Mad Hippie Advanced Skincare.

Retinol is truly the most effective over-the-counter ingredient for reducing wrinkles and plumping up the skin. Apply retinol at night and be sure to wear sunscreen during the day. Retinol is found in my two favorite products:

L-ascorbic acid
L-ascorbic acid is a fancy word for “vitamin C” and is an important antioxidant in building collagen to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration. When we’re younger our skin contains high levels of vitamin C, but as we age the levels decline dramatically. The Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum ($34) contains vitamin C, plus vitamin E and ferulic acid for added effects.

If you’re looking for something to brighten the skin and reduce spots, scars, and dark circles under the eyes, then niacinamide is exactly what you need! Niacinamide is a vitamin B3 derivative that prevents pigmentation from rising to the surface thereby lightening and brightening the skin. Niacinamide can be found in the following products:

Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of natural acids found in foods and they make the best exfoliators! They gently dissolve the “glue” that holds the dead skin cells on the face, leaving newer cells for youthful looking skin. They help with extremely dry skin, as well as reduce darkening of the skin (aka melasma). Getting rid of useless dead skin cells also allows your moisturizers and serums to penetrate the skin better. You can find alpha hydroxy acids in the Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum ($25).

You’ve heard about antioxidants for years, but what do they really do? Antioxidants protect and repair the skin by neutralizing free radicals (damaging molecules that are caused by external factors such as sunlight and pollution). Popular antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E, pomegranate, coffeeberry, and green tea. You can find several of these antioxidants in the Mad Hippie Antioxidant Oil ($25)!

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