3 Life-Changing Skincare Product Ingredients You Need to Know

If you’re anything like us, the first thing you look at when you pick up a new product is the ingredients label. After all, you want to know what the heck you’re putting on your face and body. But trying to decipher hard-to-pronounce scientific words can sometimes feel like slogging your way through high-school chem class. We turned to Dr. Eric Schweiger, founder of New York-based Schweiger Dermatology, to translate three newly ubiquitous ingredients that could use a little explanation.

Ingredient 1 The Ingredient: ergothioneine (also known as lupine)
Get the lowdown: This five-syllable ingredient might be a tongue twister (er-go-THY-uh-neen), but its beauty benefits are legit. A potent antioxidant, it protects against collagen breakdown from the environment and repairs sun-damaged skin. “Skin with fine lines and pigmentation from years of sun can benefit from ergothioneine,” Dr. Schweiger says.
See it in action: Try Miracle Skin™ Transformer Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector, which contains ergothioneine as well as vitamin C. Together, this dynamic duo brightens skin and leaves it smooth and glowing.

Ingredient 2 The Ingredient: sea buckthorn oil (also known as seaberry oil)
Get the lowdown: Suffering from puffy, irritated skin after a night out with pals, or a frizzy mane that can’t be tamed? Meet your savior: sea buckthorn oil. An anti-inflammatory with antioxidant properties, this ingredient protects skin from harsh environmental effects like air pollution, soothes irritation, and smooths unruly locks. Those prone to breakouts, take caution: “The oil may clog pores and exacerbate acne,” Dr. Schweiger says.
See it in action: Just in time for winter, sea buckthorn oil in amika’s Obliphica Curl Defining Cream, hydrates dry hair and helps sculpt bouncy, lasting curls. And One Love Organics features the ingredient in its Aromatic Body Oil, which moisturizes and refines skin’s texture.

Ingredient 3 The Ingredient: galactoarabinan (also known as GA)
Get the lowdown: Galactoarabinan might sound like the name of a planet in some far-off galaxy, but it’s actually a hot ingredient found in oodles of skincare products. GA “has been shown to decrease trans-epidermal water loss,” says Dr. Schweiger. Translation: It helps the skin to hold onto moisture, which results in plumper skin with fewer visible lines.
See it in action: Get glowing, firmer skin with Joanna Vargas Daily Serum, which is packed with this powerhouse ingredient.

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