According to Eva Scrivo, beauty expert and owner of Eva Scrivo Salons, licorice root has significant benefits when used in skin care. Although it’s taste can be pretty polarizing, it can help prevent hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone. Use licorice especially when experiencing mild rosacea, as it will help calm inflammation and tone down redness.
"Applied topically, they may be beneficial by restricting the growth of harmful bacteria and decreasing inflammation," says New York-based dermatologist Dr. Hadley King. "This may be particularly helpful for people who tend to be acne- and rosacea-prone."
Ceramide is a waxy lipid that occurs naturally in your skin that acts as a natural cure for dryness of the skin. If your body isn’t producing enough, don’t worry! Some skin care products have ceramides in them as well. According to dermatologist Dr. Melanie Palm, ceramides help to maintain skin barrier integrity, particularly in people with irritated, dry, or damaged skin and eczema. These can appear on labels as "phytosphingosine" or "sphingosine."
Yes we know it looks gross, but that slimy residue found floating on streams and lakes can actually be very beneficial for your skin.
"Algae, which can detoxify the skin, will continue to gain momentum in 2016," predicts Mariola Barczewska, esthetician at Haven Spa. Some algae act not only as binding agents for other potent ingredients in your beauty products, but also as anti-inflammatories with antioxidant benefits.
Dapsone has traditionally been used as an antibiotic because it has shown to cure acne and other drastic skin conditions. "Unlike most topical medications for acne, dapsone is surprisingly gentle — it is not irritating or drying to the skin," says Dr. King. "That makes it great for sensitive skin, and also easier to use during the winter months when our skin tends to be drier."
This ingredient has been used since the time of the Ancient Egyptians. They used it to increase skin radiance and to moisten the hair because it’s natural properties is to bind moisture to the skin.
"The benefits of honey, especially manuka honey, are in its inherent antimicrobial and healing properties," says dermatologist Dr. Julia Tzu of Wall Street Dermatology. Cleansers, moisturizers, and even cosmetics such as foundations and lipsticks have some Manuka Honey in them, it’s that good!
Zeaxanthin has "been popping up all over the place as an antioxidant packed with potency for anti-aging and hydration," according to Barczewska.
Elixir of life? We think so.
This lightweight hydrating ingredient is known to be effective at retaining moisture and plumping the skin. Check the ingredients section specifically for this, you won’t regret it!