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5 Ingredients You Need to Add to Your Skin Care Routine, Stat

Looking for some gamechangers?
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There are so many buzzworthy skin care ingredients out there and it's easy to get overwhelmed. Heck, there are dozens of types of acids alone — and don't even get us started on all the different varieties of face oils.

That's why we've done the heavy lifting for you: We've created a nifty little guide of a few of our favorite ingredients, along with info on what makes them so good for your skin (and product recs, of course). Keep on reading to see five of our must-have skin care ingredients.

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Cannabidiol (CBD)
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is everywhere lately — and for good reason. In addition to its cool factor, it has a lot of surprising skin care benefits: It's a potent antioxidant, as well as a powerful anti-inflammatory, which makes it great for skin conditions like acne or eczema. It can also help with sebum production, and when taken orally, it's growing in popularity as a wellness aid. Suffice it to say, its benefits stretch far beyond its marijuana-adjacent buzziness (and no, it's not psychoactive, so you don't have to worry about getting high).


Kiehl's Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate, $49

Apothecanna Everyday Face & Body Oil, $36

Myaderm CBD Blemish Cream, $24.95

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Copper Peptides
Did you know that copper's actually really good for your skin? "Copper peptides may reduce inflammation and speed up wound healing, which may help the skin look and feel younger and fresher," said dermatologist Dr. Murad Alam to Shape. It's also thought to boost collagen production, which makes it great for firming up your complexion.


Aesop Elemental Facial Barrier Cream, $42.50

NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1, $60

The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1%, $28.90

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Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is easily one of the most popular skin care ingredients of the moment. It's a gentle, sensitive skin-safe humectant moisturizer that helps attract moisture to your skin like a magnet. It's particularly well-loved for its ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in moisture, thus providing more resilience and firmness to the complexion.


L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $23.99

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, $52

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, $6.80

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Linoleic acid
Linoleic acid is an omega-6 rich essential fatty acid. As British aesthetician Kimberly Sayer explained in New Beauty, "Linoleic acid is as an excellent carrier oil that can get below the surface of the skin, facilitating the penetration of other active ingredients such as antioxidants." It has hydrating properties that help improve the skin's moisture barrier for a supple and glowing complexion.


Alpha H Essential Hydration Cream, $49

L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil, $50

Perricone MD Essential FX Acyl-Glutathione Intensive Overnight Moisturizer, $179

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