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Ingredients in today’s skin care products include alpha-hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, hydroquinone, retinol, kojic acid, copper peptide and more. Learn their effects on wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and other skin problems.

“Skincare is simpler than the beauty industry is trying to make it. The reality is the industry needs to keep creating a need to get consumers to buy more products,” Caren Campbell, a dermatologist tells CNET. “Skincare for most people is basic — a sunscreen, antioxidant and retinoid are my holy trinity,” Campbell said. 

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According to dermatologist Amie Sessa, you should use a gentle cleanser and avoid using too-hot water (which can be harsh on your face). Campbell’s favorite cleansers are Cetaphil Gentle, CeraVe Hydrating, or Skinceuticals Gentle Cleanser. Just note that the Cetaphil cleanser has parabens in it — so if you are avoiding products with them, the other two choices are paraben-free.

Once you cleanse, you can immediately follow with a face moisturizer, or add an antioxidant serum before you moisturize if you’d like. “Antioxidants should be used during the day, as this is when you are most exposed to sun and pollution. They cause reactive oxygen species (i.e., free radicals) that break down collagen and elastin (the building blocks of the skin) and mutate DNA leading to sagging dull and pigmented skin,” Campbell says. 

For dry or combination skin types she recommends a moisturizing serum with Vitamin C and ferulic acid, and for oily skin, an antioxidant serum that is lightweight or oil-free if you’re prone to acne to combat blemishes. If you want to add an extra boost of hydration, hyaluronic acid is a great option for layering under a moisturizer and works for most skin types. It also layers well with other products and is gentle.


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