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20 Ingredients You Need to Be Putting on Your Skin

20 Ingredients You Need to Be Putting on Your Skin

As your largest (and most absorbable) organ, what you put on your skin matters. You don’t want to be slathering toxic, unhealthy, or pointless ingredients onto the precious canvas that keeps you protected.

Your skin takes care of you, so it’s up to you to return the favor by utilizing skin care ingredients that boost your skin’s nutrients and come from nature.

When shopping for skin care products, these ingredients are what you wanna be looking for. They’re safe for all skin care types, and have an array of benefits we promise you’ll be pleased about.

Here are the 20 ingredients you need to be putting on your skin ASAP:

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1. Vitamin C

Arguably the most important ingredient in any anti-aging skincare regimen, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant known as ascorbic acid. The most stable form of vitamin C is Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (as opposed to the more commonly found L-Ascorbic Acid), which has all of the upsides but doesn’t pose the same risk of irritation.

What does it do?

Vitamin C plumps and smooths skin, fights signs of aging, brightens skin, evens skin tone, reduces the appearance of dark spots, protects against environmental stressors, strengthens skin, improves texture, softens skin and removes impurities.

How do you use it?

Looking for it in a vitamin C serum and/or a moisturizer are the best ways to incorporate it into your skin care routine. You can also get it in powdered form to add to any of your current products.

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2. Hyaluronic Acid

A naturally occurring substance in the body (and skin in particular), Hyaluronic Acid helps keep skin and joints lubricated, but production slows down as we age, hence the need to restore it via skin care products.

What does it do?

It helps retain water, keeping skin hydrated and looking plump, full, and youthful. Fun fact: hyaluronic acid can retain 1,000 times its weight in water within your skin cells.

How do you use it?

Look for it in products like serum, moisturizer, and eye cream.

3. Vitamin E

Another key antioxidant and fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin E is a key line of defense for the skin.

What does it do?

It helps protect against the free radicals that can cause premature aging. It’s also been shown to rejuvenate, minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, soften and moisturize skin — as well as diminish the look of any other imperfections.

How do you use it?

Look for vitamin E in serum, moisturizer, and eye cream. It can sometimes be called tocopherol or tocopheryl acetate.

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4. Ferulic Acid

This antioxidant works to compound the effects of other antioxidants, namely vitamin E and vitamin C, so they’re often combined in skin care products. Found in the cell walls of plants, it helps to fight back against environmental stressors.

What does it do?

It rejuvenates skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimizes the look of dark spots, and smooths your complexion.

How do you use it?

Look for it in serums and moisturizers when combined with both vitamin C and vitamin E.

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5. Vitamin B3

Also known as niacinamide, vitamin B3 is a key nutrient that helps the skin to retain moisture.

What does it do?

It evens out skin tone and texture, and also helps to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, minimize the look of temporary redness, and soothe skin.

How do you use it?

Look for it in toners, serums, and moisturizers.

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6. Aloe Vera

This soothing plant has been used for ages to help address various skin concerns. Nutrient-dense, it contains vitamins A, B, C, D and E — as well as minerals including magnesium, potassium and zinc.

What does it do?

It moisturizes skin, calms, soothes and helps to provide a protective layer.

How do you use it?

Look for it in skin care products like face wash, serums, moisturizers and eye creams. You can also apply pure aloe vera directly to skin as a soothing moisturizer.

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7. Glycerin

This natural moisturizer comes from plant sources. As a humectant, it traps water in the skin, helping it to retain moisture.

What does it do?

Glycerin is known for its gentle hydrating properties, and its ability to temporarily tighten pores.

How do you use it?

Glycerin is found in skin care products including face wash, toners, eye creams, serums, and moisturizers. You can use pure glycerin on your face, but it’s recommended to dilute it with rosewater and do a patch test before applying. Those with sensitive skin should avoid using the pure form.

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8. Coconut Oil

Derived from the white fleshy fruit of coconuts, coconut oil is a versatile skin care component. It’s solid at room temperature, and best to opt for organic, virgin, cold-pressed oil, as it retains the most nutrients.

What does it do?

Coconut oil hydrates, provides protection, smooths skin, minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles, calms temporary redness, absorbs easily, soothes irritated skin and serves as a great base for exfoliants.

How do you use it?

Coconut oil can be used on its own as a moisturizer or makeup remover. After cleaning, simply rub a small amount between your palms to make it liquid, then apply all over your face. It can also be found in products including face wash, serums, eye creams and moisturizers.

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9. Peptides

These amino acids are the building blocks of key proteins that help keep your skin youthful and plump.

What does it do?

They make up proteins like collagen, keratin, and elastin, all of which are crucial for retaining a healthy complexion, particularly collagen.

How do you use it?

Look for peptides in products including face wash, serums, moisturizers and eye creams. Usually they’re part of a “peptide complex” but sometimes have more specific names like copper peptides, Acetyl Hexapeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 or other terms with “peptide” attached.

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10. Squalane

Squalene is an ingredient that exists naturally in our skin, making up approximately 10 to 12% of the skin’s natural oil. When it’s produced for skin care products it becomes squalane.

What does it do?

A natural moisturizer that’s non-comedogenic, it has an array of benefits including reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, softening texture, soothes skin, balances natural oils, helping fade the look of dark spots, and helping reduce temporary redness.

How do you use it?

You can use pure squalane oil as a moisturizer. After toning, apply a few drops to your fingertips and spread it all over your face. You can also look for squalane in products including face wash, eye creams, serums, moisturizers and masks.

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11. Jojoba

Derived from the seeds of a Southwestern shrub, jojoba oil is a natural moisturizer that mimics the skin’s own natural oil, or sebum.

What does it do?

Jojoba oil adds moisture, boosts antioxidants, soothes skin, balances natural oils, helps keep skin clear, protects skin and helps keep your complexion clear.

How do you use it?

You can use pure jojoba oil as a moisturizer. After toning, apply a few drops to your fingertips and spread all over your face. You can also look for jojoba oil in products including face wash, serums, eye creams, moisturizers and masks.

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12. Coenzyme Q10

Another naturally occurring substance in the body, CoQ10, also known as ubiquinone, is a powerful antioxidant.

What does it do?

It provides antioxidant protection against environmental stressors and other toxins, as well as minimizing signs of aging and keeping skin looking firm and plump.

How do you use it?

Look for CoQ10 in skin care products including moisturizers and serums.

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13. Sunflower Oil

Derived from the yellow blooms you know and love, this oil is multi-purpose.

What does it do?

It hydrates skin, adds an antioxidant boost, helps to unclog pores, minimizes signs of aging, soothes skin, calms temporary redness, protects skin, helps even out skin tone and texture, and is gentle, so it works even for sensitive skin.

How do you use it?

Sunflower oil can be used on its own as a cleanser or moisturizer. To use it as a cleanser, rub a few drops between your fingers and spread all over your face. Then follow up with a regular cleanser. To use as a moisturizer, apply a few drops to your face in between your serum and eye cream. You can also look for sunflower oil in products including face wash, eye creams, serums and moisturizers.

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14. Clary Sage

A flowery herb, native to the Mediterranean.

What does it do?

It works to balance skin's natural oils, calms and soothes and temporarily tightens skin.

How do you use it?

Look for clary sage in products including toner, serums and moisturizers.

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15. Rosemary Extract

An extract made from the famous fragrant herb.

What does it do?

It can help minimize the appearance of dark spots, soothe skin and improve your complexion. Rosemary also helps to purify and decongest pores.

How do you use it?

Look for it in products including face wash, eye creams, moisturizers, serums, and masks.

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16. Gotu Kola

This ancient herb (in the parsley family) is a combo of amino acids, beta carotene, and phytochemicals.

What does it do?

It’s known for its skin tightening properties and ability to improve skin’s tone and texture.

How do you use it?

Gotu Kola can be found in products including moisturizers, eye creams, serums, and masks.

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17. Green Tea

An antioxidant rich in plant nutrients known as polyphenols.

What does it do?

It offers soothing skin protection from environmental stressors and other toxins.

How do you use it?

Look for green tea in products including moisturizers, eye creams, serums, and masks.

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18. Activated Coconut Charcoal

Activated charcoal is made from burning coconut shells, then activating the charcoal in a furnace at high temps. When charcoal is activated it creates tiny pores that have major absorbent ability.

What does it do?

It decongests pores, helps to even out skin tone, and cleanses impurities and toxins.

How do you use it?

Look for activated charcoal in skincare products including face wash and masks.

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19. Kaolin Clay

This fine white clay is named for a location in China where it was first found.

What does it do?

Rich in silica dioxide, it helps balance natural oils, deep cleanses and unclogs pores, and soothes skin.

How do you use it?

Kaolin clay can be used on its own as an exfoliating facial cleanser. Take a small bit of clay and massage it onto skin. Let it stand for a couple minutes, then rinse clean. Kaolin clay can also be found in cleansers and masks.

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20. Bentonite Clay

This clay originates from volcanic ash, and has significant absorbent properties.

What does it do?

It helps protect skin, forming a protective barrier. It also absorbs toxins and other impurities, as well as balances natural oils.

How do you use it?

Bentonite clay can be used as a mask on its own. Mix the clay with water and apply to skin. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse clean. Otherwise, bentonite clay can be found in cleansers and masks.

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Next time you’re shopping for skin care products, bring this list along! These 20 ingredients are sure to help you get your glow on and cultivate a healthy, radiant complexion long-term.

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