Get a handle on your skin woes by adding these key ingredients to your daily routine.
Plant stem cells
Of all of the latest innovations in skin care, plant stem cell technology -- when science attempts to recreate the regenerative process of leafy things -- seems to be one of the biggest game-changers.
“We’re loving some of the new stem-cell extracts,” admits Dr. Fredric Brandt, who, in addition to his eponymous skincare line, is most famous for treating the famous faces of celebrities such as Madonna and Marc Jacobs.
He particularly likes apple stem cells for their ability to reduce the appearance of pores and smooth out wrinkles and grape stem cells for the way they boost hydration.
Peptides and Retinol
Dermatologists love peptides because they speed up cell turnover and smooth out lines. Meanwhile, retinol-based products help keep your skin looking healthy and supple during winter’s skin-ruining weather.
“Retinol helps boost collagen production,” says New York-based dermatologist Dr. Doris Day. She recommends the peptides- and retinols-packed Olay Pro-X line, which helps the skin hold in water and look younger.
Green tea and goji berries
Unless it’s an ingredient in a facial scrub, you can safely assume that sugar will make your skin look worse — no matter how happy it makes you feel to eat it.
“Sugar has lots of damaging effects,” Dr. Brandt says. He says sweets can cause glycation.
When sugar molecules break down collagen that leads to wrinkles, saggy skin and accelerated UV damage.
Replace the 4 p.m. candy run with green tea, which is high in antioxidants and high in skin-calming properties.