Admit it—sometimes you overlook ingredients just because they’re too hard to pronounce. But behind all those syllables are some serious skincare benefits. Here, our shopping-obsessed sister site, BeautySage (which smartly vets their products to make sure they deliver on their claims), picks out five that are worth a double take—and a double dose. Says beauty chemist Ni’Kita Wilson, “These ingredients may not have a sexy story or an exotic name, but their results far outweigh the lack of pizzazz.”
Allantoin: “This ingredient is often overlooked,” says Wilson. “But it’s a dream ingredient with many different uses.” That’s because allantoin reinforces the skin’s natural protective barrier and improves moisture retention (hello, smoothness). It also helps rid your complexion of dry and damaged skin cells to boost radiance and has anti-irritant properties to protect skin from daily stressors. A dream, indeed!
Find it in:
NUXE Serum Creme Fraiche® De Beaute
A 24-hour soothing and moisturizing serum.
Beta Hydroxy Acid:Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) sure does get a lot of antiaging attention—but beta hydroxy acid (BHA) deserves the anti-acne spotlight. The exfoliating ingredient kills blemish-causing bacteria and soothes inflammation. It’s also great for keeping oily skin and rosacea in check. Beta get some!
Find it in:
VMV Hypoallergenics Id Skin Buffing Pumice and Salicylic Facial Cleanser
A stimulating cleanser/exfoliator that unclogs pores and removes dull, dry skin.
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