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Put your best face forward
7 popular skin care ingredients


August 2016

When it comes to improving and maintaining your skin, taking a short walk through the beauty aisle can feel a little intimidating. With so many products highlighting their "miraculous" effects, itís hard to know which trends are actually worth your spend. Whether youíre trying to reduce the look of aging, find a product that provides SPF protection or simply achieve glowing, radiant skin, an effective skin care regimen begins with whatís actually inside those bottles. Luckily, the skin pros at Neroli Salon & Spa in downtown Milwaukee have you covered. Read on for the latest trends in skin care ingredients and start putting your best face forward.

1. Vitamin C

Everyone knows how good vitamin C is for the body, but it also carries many benefits for the skin. While vitamin C isnít exactly new, itís an enduring skin care ingredient for several reasons, says Adrienne Hauck, an aesthetician at Neroli. "It helps brighten hyperpigmented skin, strengthen capillaries, and it assists in collagen synthesis, to name a few," she says. Some studies have also shown that vitamin C may help reverse the damage caused by sun exposure.

2. Peptides

If this ingredient sounds familiar, itís probably because you learned about peptides in science class. Peptides are amino acids that make up the proteins in the skin. Used in anti-aging skin care creams, these so-called "cell communicating" proteins help stimulate the production of collagen, smoothing wrinkles and helping to keep skin tight and firm.

3. Licorice

Yup, you read that right. The either-you-love-it-or-hate-it candy is making waves in the skin care world for all the right reasons. Like vitamin C, it has a number of helpful benefits, including brightening hyper-pigmented skin, diminishing redness and inhibiting inflammation. Interestingly, licorice has been used both topically and internally in natural medicine for hundreds of years.

4. Ceramides

According to Hauck, ceramides are waxy molecules found naturally in the top layer of the skin. They contain fatty acids that nourish and protect the skin and are very important to the skinís barrier function. As we age, the ceramides in our skin decrease, which can lead to dry, red and irritated skin. It also becomes more prone to environmental breakdowns and premature aging. "By adding [ceramides] back, the skin is more resistant and supple," Hauck adds.

5. Omega Fatty Acids

We often hear about how omega fatty acids should be included in our diet, but if youíre looking to give an extra boost, a topical treatment of omegas is a surefire route to beautiful, moisturized skin. Omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids can be found in sunflower, safflower and borage oils, which help to nourish and protect the barrier function of the skin. This barrier reduces the amount of moisture escaping through the skin, reducing the look of premature aging. Omega-3 fatty acids may also help to treat eczema and psoriasis because of their anti-inflammatory properties.

6. Algae and Seaweed

Algae and seaweed extracts are trending for their skin detoxification and anti-inflammation benefits. According to the popular beauty subscription service Birchbox, algae "makes a great natural moisturizer that improves skinís barrier function and helps it retain water." Seaweedís soothing properties, on the other hand, are great for sensitive skin. Together, these underwater stars are known to help reduce under-eye circles and puffiness, repair fine lines and soften skin.

7. Sodium Hyaluronate

Hyaluronics have acquired quite a name for themselves over the past few years, and for good reason ó the skin care ingredient seemingly lives up to the hype. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide in the body. Of course, in skin care itís made synthetically ó but it still carries similar skin-repairing benefits. According to Hauck, sodium hyaluronate prevents skin dehydration, strengthens the barrier and keeps the skin smooth. While hyaluronics canít replace the look of, say, dermal fillers, their ability to retain moisture can have a temporary "plumping" effect that has garnered a lot of fans. M



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