What's in Your Booster: Ingredients To Watch

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In regards to skin boosters, there are many ingredients that can help give skin a much-needed upgrade. “Varying weights of hyaluronic acid are beneficial for dehydrated skin; numerous peptides, stem cells, and growth factors work well for aging concerns; and salicylic acid and probiotics exhibit exceptional results for acneic skin,” says G.M. Collin’s Karen Asquith. According to Sanitas Skincare’s Krista Eichten, peptides should be incorporated into any age defense skincare program. “These chains of amino acids are the building blocks of collagen, elastin, and keratin, the proteins involved in keeping our skin youthful and taut,” she says. “Peptide-based boosters are designed to offer an array of peptides that work with the skin to firm, tighten, and protect it from environmental aggressors.”

Because spa-goers are especially interested in natural and vegan-friendly options, Eminence Organic Skin Care’s Brian Goodwin suggests super fruits, such as acai berries, blueberries, and sea buckthorn, which help protect the cells and repair damage. According to him, marshmallow plant offers the same hydrating benefits as hyaluronic acid and even goes beyond by preventing the breakdown of the skin’s own hyaluronic acid. “One other constant request from clients and estheticians alike is to find a natural alternative to hydroquinone, which used to be the gold standard for lightening sun damage and uneven skintone,” says Goodwin. “Nowadays, the spa industry generally accepts that long-term usage of hydroquinone may have potentially damaging effects on the skin. African potato and tara tree have an incredible ability to lift, lighten, and protect from further sun damage with sensitizing and bleaching skin from its natural protection.” 

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