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Sure, the taste of black licorice can be pretty polarizing, but this herbaceous root has significant benefits when used in skincare, says Eva Scrivo, beauty expert and owner of Eva Scrivo Salons. Not only can it help to prevent hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone, but those with mild rosacea can also find that licorice helps calm inflammation and tone down redness.
You might know about probiotics from hearing nutritionists tout the benefits of incorporating them into your diet, but did you know they can also be good for your skin? “Applied topically, they may be beneficial by restricting the growth of harmful bacteria and decreasing inflammation,” says New York-based dermatologist Dr. Hadley King. “This may be particularly helpful for people who tend to be acne- and rosacea-prone.”
Ceramide is a waxy lipid (sort of like a fat) that occurs naturally in your skin and acts as a protectant against dryness and other negative factors. But ceramides can also be useful when found in skincare. According to dermatologist Dr. Melanie Palm, these help to maintain skin barrier integrity, particularly in people with irritated, dry, or damaged skin and eczema. These can appear on labels as “phytosphingosine” or “sphingosine.”
That slimy stuff you see floating on streams and lakes might actually be great for your skin. “Algae, which can detoxify the skin, will continue to gain momentum in 2016,” predicts Mariola Barczewska, esthetician at Haven Spa. Some algae, such as Irish moss and the familiar ingredient carrageenan, act not only as binding agents for other potent ingredients in your beauty products, but also as anti-inflammatories with antioxidant benefits. Look for ingredients like “seaweed extract” or “algae exopolysaccharides” to reap its benefits.
Ready to get clear skin in 2016? Traditionally used as an antibiotic, dapsone has been shownto be incredibly useful in treating acne and other skin conditions. “Unlike most topical medications for acne, dapsone is surprisingly gentle — it is not irritating or drying to the skin,” says Dr. King. “That makes it great for sensitive skin, and also easier to use during the winter months when our skin tends to be drier.” If your skin has been irritated and angry in the cold weather, ask your dermatologist if dapsone could provide you with some much-needed relief.
6. L-sodium PCA
This plant-based ingredient has been used since the time of the Ancient Egyptians, who used it to increase skin radiance and moisture in the hair. Today, we know that L-sodium PCA “helps to bind moisture to the skin,” according to Scrivo, so it’s an ingredient you’re going to especially want to look out for during these cold winter months.
7. Manuka Honey
“The benefits of honey, especially manuka honey, are in its inherent antimicrobial and healing properties,” says dermatologist Dr. Julia Tzu of Wall Street Dermatology. This sweet ingredient is gradually making its way from all-natural beauty to more mainstream skin care, where its benefits can be found in cleansers, moisturizers, and even cosmetics such as foundations and lipsticks.
This carotenoid gives paprika peppers and saffron their bright, characteristic color, and is most commonly known for its presence in carrots. In skincare, however, zeaxanthin has “been popping up all over the place as an antioxidant packed with potency for anti-aging and hydration,” according to Barczewska.
9. Hyaluronic Acid
The Beauty Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute is a fan of this lightweight hydrating ingredient, which has shown to be effective at retaining moisture and plumping the skin. Cropping up in everything from toners to lip balms to sheet masks, this is one ingredient you’re sure to see everywhere in 2017.