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Your all-star skin care ingredients

Your all-star skin care ingredients

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Beauty

Your all-star skin care ingredients

What separates a go-to, skin-saving moisturizer from all the rest? A well-balanced product packed with the right combination of skin-nourishing and healing ingredients that work to balance out the complexion. To help decipher the must-have skin care ingredients from all the rest, we consulted Dr. Benjamin Barankin, a Toronto-based dermatologist and medical director of Toronto Dermatology Centre, for his expert advice.

1. The must-haves.
From morning to night—and all the eye cream, serum and cleansers in between—keep your routine stocked with rich and moisturizing ingredients for round-the-clock protection.

The fix: Opt for peptides (which support collagen production and act as antioxidants), Vitamin C (to brighten up a dull complexion) and glycolic acid (to remove dead skin and leave a smooth finish) and retinol (to help maintain a healthy overall complexion).

2. For the sensitive types.
We’re referring to irritable skin here, but using harsh and drying ingredients can easily aggravate acne flare-ups and redness.

The fix:
Barankin recommends adding in ceramides (molecules that hold in moisture) and dimethicone (a silicone-based polymer and skin protectant) to your regimen. As for face wash, “Use cleansers instead of soaps,” he adds.”

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3. To keep skin hydrated and youthful looking. A lack of moisture in the skin keeps it from achieving a naturally healthy glow—no matter how much illuminator you pile on over top.

The fix:
Look for products that contain a hyaluronic acid, which provides moisture to the skin and holds it there. Also look for peptides, as they contain anti-aging properties, says Barankin.

4. For on-the-spot relief.
When a skin issue literally pops up the day before a big event, enlist emergency measures—and skin-repairing ingredients.

The fix:
Try using a product with cortisone to quickly minimize its appearance. “It can be used for anything itchy, or to help bring down a pimple faster,” says Barankin. “Polysporin or Vaseline ointment can be used for any area that is sore or not healing.”

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5. Sun protection (enough said). You probably already know what we’re going to say, but seriously, having an SPF-enriched skin care regimen is a non-negotiable.

The fix: Look for high-quality sunscreen that's separate from your regular daily moisturizer and foundation. “Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen—and most don’t re-apply either—so applying something with sunscreen in it, followed by a sunscreen over top makes good sense,” Barankin advises. “And it will help reduce the risk of skin cancer, sunburns, wrinkles, sun spots, and cold sores.”

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All-star skin care ingredients: Top products to try

All-star skin care product: Body Shop Vitamin C Energizing Face Spritz

All-star skin care ingredient: Vitamin C Use it for: Refreshing and energizing dull skin. Body Shop Vitamin C Energizing Face Spritz ($18), at bodyshop.com.

Image by: ELLE Canada By: Ava Baccari Source: Courtesy of Body Shop

All-star skin care ingredients: Top products to try

All-star skin care product: Chantecaille Bamboo and Hibiscus Exfoliating Cream

All-star skin care ingredient: Biomimetic Peeling Peptide Use it for: Brightening complexion and minimizing fine lines. Chantecaille Bamboo and Hibiscus Exfoliating Cream ($95), at Holt Renfrew.

Image by: ELLE Canada By: Ava Baccari Source: Courtesy of Chantecaille

All-star skin care ingredients: Top products to try

All-star skin care product: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion

All-star skin care ingredient: SPF Use it for: Shielding skin from sunburn, cell breakdown and premature aging due to UV damage. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face/Body ($49), at sephora.ca.

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All-star skin care ingredients: Top products to try

All-star skin care product: B. Kamins Quieting Cream

All-star skin care ingredients: Zinc oxide, glycerin Use them for: Relieving itchiness and redness from mild skin irritation. B. Kamins Quieting Cream ($45), at beautybar.com.

Image by: ELLE Canada By: Ava Baccari Source: Courtesy of B. Kamins

All-star skin care ingredients: Top products to try

All-star skin care product: Skin Authority Exfoliating Cleanser

All-star skin care ingredient: Glycolic Acid Use it for: Clearing away dead skin cells and leaving skin smooth and hydrated. Skin Authority Exfoliating Cleanser ($58), at murale.ca.

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All-star skin care ingredients: Top products to try

All-star skin care product: SkinCeuticals Retinol Night Cream

All-star skin care ingredient: Retinol Use it for: Rebuilding collagen and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 Refining Night Cream ($68), at skinceuticals.com/Canada.

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All-star skin care ingredients: Top products to try

All-star skin care product: Korres Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Night Cream

All-star skin care ingredient: Polypeptide Use it for: To support natural collagen and elastic production for lifted and contoured skin. Korres Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Night Cream ($68), at korres.ca.

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All-star skin care ingredients: Top products to try

All-star skin care product: Consonant Skin Care HydrExtreme

All-star skin care ingredient: Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide Use it for: Plumping up skin with moisture (and keeping it there). Consonant Skin Care HydrExtreme ($72), at consonantskincare.com.

Image by: ELLE Canada By: Ava Baccari Source: Courtesy of Consonant Skin Care

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