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Best Ingredients in Skin Care

Updated on December 1, 2012

The best ingredients in skin care products are natural substances that improve the condition and appearance of the skin. Several natural ingredients are used to fight signs of aging and encourage the healing process of the skin. Hypoallergenic, organic ingredients are often viewed as the best ingredients in skin care rather than chemicals and perfumes which may be appealing but drying or damaging to the skin.

Soy is commonly used in many skin care products to lighten discolorations. Soy may reduce the appearance of sun damage. Quality skin care products that contain soy may be used as an alternative to prescription cream used to reduce pigmentation.

Vitamin A is used to produce retinol which encourages the production of collagen in the skin. Collagen is part of the natural structure of skin cells. As people age, the production of collagen declines which leads to the development of fine lines and wrinkles.

Retinol may be the best ingredient in skin care to reduce these signs of aging. Vitamin C also is used to increase the production of collagen and improve skin's elasticity. Many over-the-counter serums and lotions contain retinol or vitamin C for their anti-aging properties.

Green tea extract contains polyphenols which may help protect the skin from cancer. This free radical fighting substance is beneficial when applied to the skin. Green tea may also help fight other forms of cancer when included in the diet.

The oil extracted from Acai berries is used in lotions and cream to help heal sun damage. This oil may be included in products that are designed to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Akai oil is also found in moisturizers and exfoliating scrubs.

Skin irritation can be soothed by products that contain oats or colloidal oatmeal. Oats are used to soothe the skin that may be inflamed or itchy due to eczema, poison ivy, or bug bites. Colloidal oatmeal means that the oat ingredient is dispersed evenly throughout the product.

Several antioxidants improve the condition of the skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. One of the most commonly used antioxidants in skin care products is beta-carotene. In addition to using creams or lotions that contain beta-carotene, eating foods rich in this antioxidant such as sweet potatoes and carrots can help improve the health of skin.

For people who experience skin redness and rosacea, licorice may be the best ingredient in skin care products. Licorice reduces inflammation and minimizes uneven pigmentation. A common use of licorice anise as an ingredient in cream used under the eyes to lighten dark circles.

To determine what the best ingredients in skin care products are, the person must consider what their skincare needs are. A young adult may not have interest in natural ingredients that smooth wrinkles, but she may want a product that reduces redness. When selecting a skincare product, the desired benefits of the natural ingredients can determine which is the best product.

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