Best Skin Care Ingredients- The Top Ten, Part 2

best skin care ingredients

best skin care ingredients

Here is the second half of my list of  favorite skin care ingredients.   While they  do  different things eg moisturize,   soothe or  encourage collagen  growth, they all share  one characteristic-  they all  actually do something  for the skin.  You will be able to see results and get  your money’s worth  for a product.

6. Hyaluronic Acid

Found naturally  in the skin, this important substance  is a super effective moisturizer.   Like so  many others natural factors in  our body,  healthy levels keep dropping as we get older– yet another reason our skin keeps getting dryer.  Scientists have shown that one molecule of hyaluronic acid holds  214 molecules of water! When hyaluronic acid first appeared skin care products it was available only in the more expensive lines, but now you can find great examples in drugstore creams and lotions.

7. Oatmeal

Its hard not to love oatmeal. It contains anti-inflammatory phenol compounds that reduce redness and itching making it the perfect ingredient for sensitive and rosacea troubled skins.  Oatmeal in a mask or lotion inhibits the release of cytokines in the skin which  have a nasty habit of breaking down collagen.  Damaged collagen  leads to  more lines and wrinkles, so  less cytokines= less wrinkles.

But wait there is more.  Oatmeal contains both saponins  which are gentle  cleansers AND antioxidants  that protect  against UV rays.    Finally the beta glucans  which gives a bowl of oatmeal its cholesterol-lowering  mojo, can also help lock in moisture  when used in creams and cleansers.  All this from an inexpensive, modest grain.

8. Salicylic Acid

You’ve heard of alpha-hydroxy acids like glycolic  acid or lactic  acid.  Now meet a beta-hydroxy acid that is helpful for both acne and aging.  For acne, salicylic acid unclogs pores to control breakouts.  For signs of aging, salicylic acid takes off the top  dead dry layers to stimulate healthy  collagen renewal. 

Salicylic acid  is found in the bark of  the willow trees  and you might see it listed as  willow  bark extract on  the label of a skin care product.  The FDA limits  salicylic acid to 3% in cleansers and about 2.5 % in products left on the face.   Since  salicylic acid is part of the salicylate family( which includes aspirin,and is not  considered safe to be used during pregnancy), doctors advise against using salicylic acid  if you are expecting.

9. Soy

Soy is one of those rare ingredients that delivers  both inside and oout.  As a meat substitute like tofu, in dairy style products and just  as is in salty black soy sauce, soy  can play a big role in a healthy diet.  In a  skin care product  soy has been shown to be a powerful antioxidant and protect  the skin from UV damage.  Equally exciting, soy contains genisten, a  compound that prevents melanin  from attaching to  skin cells– definately a good thing.  Soy is a wonderful addition  for sun protective products and appears effective for reducing dark spots  due to  sun damage. However soy is a  pseudo estrogen and is much less effective  for larger brown  patches of melasma  which  are linked to estrogen levels in the body.  If you developed hyperpigmentation after you’ve  been on the pill or pregnancy, soy  is not going to get you where you want to be.

10. Retin A ( tretinoin)

Its no secret  that I’m a Retin A groupie.  Like  many dermatologists, I  believe that its the gold standard for overall skin care and the only   one  that the FDA allows to  make anti-aging claims.   As a retinoid, tretinoin has a duel personality.  It is an effective acne fighter,   shutting down oil glands and cleaning out clogged pores.   A few decades later, Retin A  will stimulate   your collagen to reduce wrinkles  and boost  skin circulation  to produce a  healthy pink glow.

Retin A is available in creams and gels in strengths that range from .925% to 1%.  True Retin A  is available only  by prescription.  Keep in mind that   Retin A  is a turbo  powered ingredient.  You need to use  just a pea size  dab for the entire face, start slow using  it  every other night and always wear a sunscreen.  For more   Retin A road rules you can   go to Retin A- Five Top Questions.  If you like my Facebook page, you can download a free four page guide that includes a  description  of the different types of Retin A  and  and step by step  day and night  skin care program for using Retin A.  And if you  have additional questions you can also email me at

7 thoughts on “Best Skin Care Ingredients- The Top Ten, Part 2

  1. Great insight, I totally agree, Retin A is the mother of all ingredients as it as the most clincal studies supporting its effects on promoting cellular turnover and healthy cellular behavior, However, soothing, hydrating and nurturing ingredients are also important as they help protect skin from aggression and promote healthy repair. Thanks for your insight! Saludos AntiAgeingSavantess (:

  2. Oatmeal is fantastic. Using ground oats with plain yogurt and some honey makes for an excellent natural exfoliating recipe.

    Thanks for the informative post!

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thank you once again.

    • There is little to no evidence that hydroquinone causes cancer. You can use it safely for three months at a time, then take three months off befoe using it again. If at antime you skin seems to becoming irritated you need to stop using hydroquinone. Not becaue of cancer but because it can mean you skin is reacting badly to the hydroquinone.

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