CRACK THE SKIN-CARE CODE

Esquire Middle East - - GROOMING -

Do you read the fine print at the drug­store? Or even just the big words on the front of the bot­tle? these are the ones to look for.

AN­TIOX­I­DANTS: This fam­ily of sub­stances com­bats the ef­fects of free rad­i­cals, which are es­sen­tially rogue mol­e­cules (science!) that can dam­age cells and age skin. VI­TA­MIN E: A pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant that works par­tic­u­larly well in com­bi­na­tion with vi­ta­min C to fight signs of ag­ing. It can also help soothe in­flamed skin—a bonus if you have an is­sue with red­ness. GLYCOLIC ACID: Chem­i­cal ex­fo­liants like this re­move dead skin cells and brighten skin more gen­tly than those scrubs with the lit­tle beads in them. NIACINAMIDE: A po­tent form of vi­ta­min B3

(you may know it as a hang­over helper) that strength­ens the skin’s bar­rier, im­prov­ing hy­dra­tion. HYALURONIC ACID:

A nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring acid that in­tensely hy­drates but also helps skin cells re­tain mois­ture, a prime tool in fight­ing wrin­kles. PEP­TIDES: Skin is pri­mar­ily made up of pro­tein, and pep­tides are a build­ing block that can help keep that pro­tein strong.

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