10 Good-For-You Skincare Ingredients That Could Make You More Beautiful

Some compounds to protect your skin from dryness, wrinkles, sun damage, even aging (20 Photos)

Stacey Colino on Aug 23, 2012 at 2:58PM

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10 Good-For-You Skincare Ingredients That Could Make You More Beautiful

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Retinoic Acid: Get Younger

To take care of the skin you’re in, you probably wash it, moisturize it, and protect it on a daily basis. But are your skincare products using the best ingredients? Here are 10 standout ingredients that are actually good for you:

Retinoic acid, derived from vitamin A, comes in a mild, over-the-counter form (retinol) and a more potent, prescription-strength sibling (retinoid). These ingredients can minimize and prevent wrinkles, diminish fine lines and brown spots, and improve acne. Best of all, the prescription-strength version can promote the production of collagen (the skin’s essential support structure) and help the skin make more elastin (which gives skin its resilience), explains Ellen Marmur, M.D., vice chair of cosmetic and dermatologic surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and author of Simple Skin Beauty. These effects make the skin look younger, plumper, fresher, and more radiant.

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