The Essential Guide to GOOD Skincare Ingredients

Bypass the “p” words (parabens, phthalates) and go straight to these ingredients that have major benefits for your skin.


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You’ve heard of the aromatherapy effects of essential oils like lavender, lemongrass and verbena. Used in skincare, they have the same calming and invigorating properties. But first: What are they?

Essential oils are oils that are extracted from plants through a distillation process using water or steam. It uses all parts of the plant to produce a highly concentrated, and aromatic, liquid that’s blended into skincare formulas. Tea tree oil, in particular, has restorative effects on the skin; it has antimicrobial properties that clean your skin.

You’ll find tea tree oil -- as well as lavender, bergamot and vanilla essential oils -- in our Goddess Garden Fresh Start Cream Cleanser. The all-organic cleanser can be used every morning and you’ll also see a skin-soothing benefit from the aloe vera that’s used in the formula.

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Peptides are chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins. And because proteins make up most of your skin structure (about 75 percent is collagen protein) you need them for skin strength, firmness and smoothness. It’s no wonder that peptides are such an important ingredient in anti-aging skincare.

Peptides can work to encourage skin elasticity, increase hydration and diminish signs of aging. You’ll find them in our fan favorite face cream and eye cream by Mad Hippie.

The face cream has Matrixyl Synthe '6 , an advanced peptide that works to naturally smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles; as well as Syn-Tacks, a dual peptide that helps tone and firm the skin while battling fine lines.

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The eye cream has Matrixyl Synthe ‘6 as well as two other valuable peptides: Regu-age, a bioactive that reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the eyes; and Syn-Eye, designed to quickly reduce the appearance of both discoloration and wrinkles.

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Antioxidants are naturally occuring vitamins and minerals that protect your skin from free radicals. They intervene to defend your skin against pollution and environmental damage, and can brighten your complexion and soothe irritation.

Each have their own major benefits -- green tea is great for soothing the skin, Vitamin C is amazing for brightening it, Vitamin A is the pick for anti-aging, and the list goes on.

Our Mychelle Deep Repair cream includes including Kombuchka Tea, which is rich in polyphenols and Vitamin B, to help revive and rejuvenate skin’s appearance. The whole formula is a soothing cocktail of plant and fruit extracts, from goji berry to orange flower oil, to nourish your complexion.

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Botanicals are powerful plant extracts and oils derived from flowers, herbs, nuts, seeds, roots and berries.

Using them in skincare goes back -- way back. Cleopatra used black cumin seed oil to improve her complexion, and calendula has been used as a skin healer for hundreds of years. Look to the power of plant-based ingredients to tackle concerns like pigmentation changes, redness or signs of aging.

Start your morning with a burst of botanicals by using Acure’s Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub. One of its main ingredients is sea kelp, which softens, detoxifies and exfoliates the skin. It also includes Madonna lily, known for its brightening effects. The vegan formula is safe to use daily.

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Remember -- when you exfoliate regularly, your other skincare ingredients are better absorbed because they don’t need to fo find their way through layers of dead skin.