Let’s face it: It’s not easy to navigate the world of skincare. With a slew of complicated formulas and trend-based products, it can be tough to find what buy is best for your particular issue. But becoming familiar with the key ingredient that packs the most problem-solving punch can make the process that much easier. Click through to learn about the four most important ingredients you need to tackle dry, aging, acneic, or dull skin. (Photo via Getty)
Hyaluronic Acid for Dry Skin: Adding the anti-aging ingredient helps plump up your skin and add much-needed radiance. “It holds 1000 times its weight in water and, due to its molecular structure, can penetrate and bring that hydration deep into the skin," says Justine Kahn, owner of Skin Remedy and founder of Botnia Skincare. She recommends her own Botnia Skincare Hydrating Serum ($49) to your routine to get a daily dose of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B3.
SPF for Aging Skin: Maintaining consistent skin health as we age has a lot to do with regularly wearing a quality SPF. “I love Suntegrity Unscented Natural Mineral Sunscreen for Body ($24) because it’s gentle enough to use on the face and on all skin types," Kahn says.
Binchotan Charcoal for Dull Skin: Like a magnet that de-gunks clogged pores, “The micro-fine powder of Binchotan charcoal is an imperative ingredient to look for in an exfoliating product or a physical exfoliator,” Kahn says. “Try the Morihata Binchotan Facial Puff ($17) because it’s 100 percent natural, effectively sloughs away dead cells, and brightens your skin tone. It stimulates cellular turnover while being gentle for even the most sensitive types.”
Willow Bark Extract for Acneic Skin: When it comes to irritated, blemish-prone skin, take a less-is-more approach. “Acne can feel extreme, so it’s easy for us to want to over-treat it,” says Kahn. “Look for a product with willow tree bark, which is a natural source of acne-fighting salicylic acid.” Scrubbing up two-to-three times each week with Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Pore Refining Scrub ($9) will treat your breakouts while gently exfoliating at the same time.
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