Five Skin Care Ingredients That Make a Difference You Can See

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With so many skin care products on the market, it can be hard to know what’s best for your skin. You can start by looking for a lotion, cream, gel, or serum that contains one or more of these five active ingredients—all of which have a proven track record for keeping skin looking healthy and radiant at any age.

Water: Not only is water a safe and effective solventits presence in a formula allows certain other ingredients, like tea extracts or fruit acids, to penetrate the skin more effectively—it also provides key hydration. Plus, water-based lotions feel lighter on the skin and won’t clog pores.

Hyaluronic acid: You’d be hard-pressed to find a better, more effective skin care ingredient than this naturally-occurring substance. First and foremost, it’s a powerhouse humectant, meaning it acts like a sponge to draw moisture from the environment to the outer layer of your skin. Studies have shown that each molecule can draw and retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water—which translates to your skin looking plumper and softer, with fewer noticeable lines and wrinkles.

Glycerin: Like hyaluronic acid, this compound is a hardworking humectant and its benefits are many: it smooths, strengthens, and hydrates dry skin while also slowing the evaporation of water (foiling the dryness that becomes more common in women as we age), plus it can help shield skin from environmental sources of irritation.

Niacinamide: This standout B vitamin offers double-duty protection: It can increase skin’s cellular energy and cell turnover rate, while also acting as a powerful antioxidant, safeguarding the skin from excessive environmental damage. The end result? A more even skin tone, minimized appearance of pores, and a healthier-looking complexion.

Artichoke leaf extract:  A natural anti-inflammatory, artichoke leaf extract has been shown in studies to boost the natural production of collagen as well as the body’s natural levels of hyaluronic acid, leaving the skin hydrated and firmer, with fine lines and wrinkles diminished in as little as four weeks. Studies show it works better than some cosmetic retinols on mature skin. That’s why it—along with niacinamide are two of the standout ingredients in the SeeMe Beauty complex™, found in all SeeMe Beauty products.