The inside info about some of the hottest new skincare products on the market
Susan Kim, Stephanie Graham
Tara Weng is always looking for the next big thing in skincare. "I go for products that say 'repair sun damage', and anything that says 'diminishes lines and wrinkles'.
Last year, more than 5 billion dollars was spent on facial skincare, and for many, finding the perfect product can be a guessing game. To help you put your best face forward, we teamed up with board certified Dermatologist Ranella Hirsch to bring you the latest and greatest skincare ingredients - a hot topic at this year's American Academy of Dermatology meeting.
"We've got something for everyone. Every price point, every type of skin," Dr. Hirsch says.
Dr. Hirsch says all are backed by exciting clinical research. Starting with retinols--time proven acne-fighters that recently received a facelift. "They've been made and focused on people with very sensitive skins, who historically haven't been able to tolerate using these potent ingredients."
Rhamnose is a sugar extract that promises to help fight wrinkles. Dr. Hirsch says it targets the layer of tissue in between the dermis and epidermis. "Sending a message for it to increase its regeneration of skin cells, including collagen and fibroblasts. By extension, the skin looks younger and smoother."
Or try rose apple leaf to help reverse sun damage. Cosmetic Chemist Ron Robinson says it's a potent anti-oxidant.
"It's great when used in conjunction with a product that contains sunscreen," Dr. Robinson suggests.
Two ingredients are making a major comeback. Coenzyme Q10, which helps produce the skin's energy, is also a proven anti-oxidant. Dr. Hirsch says Niacin, or Vitamin B3, is now known for more than its moisturizing power.
How do you know which product is right for you? Dr. Hirsch suggests, "Find the thing that is most concerning to you about your skin, and then target new ingredients based on those items. Trying to fix too many things at once is a recipe for disaster."
Since sun damage is on Tara's list, she added a lotion with rose apple leaf to her regimen.
"I did notice that it made my skin softer. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good product," she beams.
Our experts agree: If you can, try before you buy! Don't be afraid to ask for samples, and test products on your arm. At the end of the day, the best lotion or potion is the one that you'll use regularly. Also, don't be afraid to ask your dermatologist questions.