CRACK THE SKIN-CARE CODE
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.