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Ingredients You Definitely Want in Your Makeup

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Most people believe makeup doesn’t penetrate the top layer of their skin, well, it does. Clogged pores, acne, dehydrated skin are all common skin problems that can be the result of your makeup. Not to mention, there are a few horror ingredients hidden in makeup, you and your skin should stay away from.

Luckily, there are still plenty of clean beauty brands using healthy ingredients that not only give your makeup a flawless finish but also work to nourish your skin. Swipe left to find out some of the ingredients you will want in all your makeup products.

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Antioxidants

The powerhouse ingredient you want in everything skincare related. Antioxidants protect your skin against free radicals. Popular antioxidants used in makeup include vitamin C and E, green tea, lycopene, and Niacinamide.

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Caffeine

Look for caffeine in your eye makeup products. Caffeine is a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce puffy eyes and improve redness. Often used in tinted eye creams to provide a two-in-one eye product.

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AHA/BHA

Alpha-hydroxy acid and beta-hydroxy acid are both exfoliating acids design to penetrate into the skin to help shed dead skin cells, treat acne, and clear blackheads. Look for ingredients listed as lactic acid, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid.

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Botanical Oils

Keep an eye out for makeup products that contain Argan oil, Marula oil, rosehip oil, and sunflower oil. The majority of these botanical oils have anti-inflammatory properties that can help improve the appearance of skin while improving hydration.

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Ceramides

Often found in skincare products too, ceramides make up fifty percent of our skin’s barrier. Ceramides help our skin retain moisture while also protecting it against environmental aggressors like pollution.

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Peptides

Peptides help other active ingredients work more effectively. These building blocks that makes up protein are key to producing collagen. Using natural peptides may help the skin to repair itself, which boosts collagen production to result in a smoothing effect.

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Zinc & Titanium Oxide

Both are non-irritating natural sunscreen ingredients that protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays. Both ingredients are recommended for redness-prone skin types. Most foundations currently incorporate one or the other to boost their sun protection.

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Hyaluronic Acid

One of the top acids included in makeup and skincare products. Hyaluronic acid is a potent hydrator that can help hold in moisture in the skin and prevent it from evaporating. While many makeup products include hyaluronic acid, it’s best to add a hyaluronic acid serum to gain all the benefits.

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Geraldine is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about self care, clean makeup and beauty, mental health, and relationships – as well as natural remedies and fitness. She’s a coffee enthusiast with Venezuelan roots, a former ballerina, and the sunscreen patrol. Most of the time, you can find her working on her skincare routine or trying a new dance workout.
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