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Ingredients of Greatness: The Key to Great Skincare

You probably don't think twice about understanding the ingredients in your skincare products. There's so many, hard to pronounce, & understand so you just trust the company at this point. Here's a few to look for to achieve the best results!


Paula Begoun, the founder of Paula's Choice and author of over 20 books about skin-care and cosmetics, knows her stuff. She's spent more than two decades calling out subpar products on the market and offers an "Ingredient Dictionary" on her site that spells out exactly what various skin-care ingredients do, how effective they are and whether they are recommended — all backed up by thorough scientific vetting.


"Skin is in critical need of antioxidants to interrupt environmental damage," says Begoun. "There are so many of these ranging from vitamin C, to grape, green tea, resveratrol, beta glucan, licorice, vitamin E, quercetin, nonfragrant plant oils and adenosine, to mention just a few."


"Skin-restoring ingredients (sometimes called cell-communicating ingredients) actually tell skin cells to make better, younger cells. This category of ingredients are phenomenally important and fascinating," says Begoun. "A wide variety of peptides do this brilliantly, but retinol and niacinamide are the most well researched of them all."


"Hydrating or skin-repairing ingredients are fundamental to keeping the barrier of skin healthy, smooth and young. They re-build the structures of skin to keep the barrier functioning as youthful skin does. These include ceramides, glycerin, lecithin, hyaluronic acid and omega fatty acids," notes Begoun.

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