10 Breakthrough Beauty Ingredients To Try
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By Sally Wadyka
Beauty companies are always discovering new ingredients to help hydrate skin, fight blemishes and smooth strands: Trust us, last year's Moroccan oil is this year's marula oil. Green tea is out; ginseng is in. Read on to find out about all the latest "it" ingredients and where you can find them.
Marula Oil2 of 11
Extracted from the fruit of the African marula tree, this oil is a lightweight, easily absorbed moisturizer suitable for most skin types. The oil is naturally rich in a potent collection of antioxidants—like vitamins C and E, amino acids and flavonoids—that help protect skin from damaging free radicals. Plus, it's also a good source of hydrating omega-9 and omega-6 fats.
FIND IT IN: African Botanics neroli-infused marula oil, $70, qvc.com
Bee Venom3 of 11
When a bee stings you, injecting its venom into your skin, your body responds by sending blood to the area, which can stimulate collagen production and plump up skin. According to this theory, applying bee venom directly to your face should trigger the same response and initiate anti-aging effects, like plumping up fine lines and wrinkles.
FIND IT IN: Rodial bee venom moisturizer, $190, nordstrom.com
Burdock Extract4 of 11
This pure plant extract has myriad benefits for the hair. It's rich in B vitamins, which help keep hair strong and nourished. It's also reported to help strengthen roots, which could benefit people dealing with thinning strands.
FIND IT IN: Phyto 7 hydrating day cream, $28, qvc.com
Charcoal5 of 11
Charcoal's detoxifying abilities make it a natural choice for acne-prone skin. The activated carbon it contains helps draw out blemish-causing bacteria and absorb excess oil, resulting in a cleaner, softer and clearer complexion.
FIND IT IN: Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge With Bamboo Charcoal, $18, sephora.com
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Padina Pavonica6 of 11
Thanks to their mineral-rich content, marine extracts have become a go-to ingredient in many beauty products. What makes padina pavonica so special? This brown algae harvested in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea has a unique nutrient composition that's been shown to improve skin elasticity, reduce wrinkle depth and help fight signs of aging in general.
FIND IT IN: Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream & Skin Bliss Capsules, $133, qvc.com
Figs7 of 11
Figs are the latest hot ingredient to jump from the produce aisle to the cosmetic shelf. The fruits contain exfoliating and hydrating enzymes that help cleanse skin and hair. Bonus? They smell great too.
FIND IT IN: Wen By Chaz Dean fig cleansing conditioner, $32, sephora.com
Plant Stem Cells8 of 11
Stem cells have been generating buzz in medicine and beauty for years. Lately, skincare brands have been using stem cells from apples, roses and date palms in their products. The idea is that applying these cells to your skin will trigger the production of more of its own stem cells—which, in turn, help regenerate skin, promote collagen production, and repair signs of aging.
FIND IT IN: Eclos Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream (with apple stem cells), $25, freemanbeauty.com
Ginseng9 of 11
The root of this perennial plant is suddenly hot, and for good reason. It has been shown to improve circulation, bringing more blood to the skin, and it also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties to help de-puff under-eye bags, fade dark circles and make it appear as if you got a full night's rest.
FIND IT IN: ORIGINS GinZing refreshing eye cream, $30, sephora.com
Precious Jewels10 of 11
It may sound like just a pricey gimmick, but the addition of diamonds or other gems to a beauty product may actually have skin-boosting benefits. Finely ground gems in powder form are mixed into lotions and primers, such as BB or CC creams, to help diffuse light, blurring fine lines and other skin imperfections. Maybe diamonds really are a girl's best friend.
FIND IT IN: Dr. Brandt CC Glow with Ruby Crystal, $39, sephora.com
Indian Gooseberry11 of 11
This sour, astringent berry, grown on trees native to India, is rich in antioxidants. It packs exceptional levels of phenols, flavonoids, tannins and vitamin C—all of which work together to help fight off the free radicals that can age your skin.
FIND IT IN: Organic Doctor Vitamin E super hydrating cream, $10, vitaminworld.com
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