Argan Oil

Argan oil comes from the kernels of argan trees. Its small molecular structure allows absorption into the skin to be quick and fast-paced. Besides the shape of its molecule, this oil has rich antioxidant properties and high amounts of vitamin E, along with other essential fatty acids. However, a Dermatology News study from October 2016 states that argan oil for topical uses only has a storage shelf life of approximately three to four months. Ultimately, it would be best to purchase this oil in smaller quantities along with consistent use.

OSEA Undaria Argan Oil, 1/3 oz., $32

 

Facial Rollers

Facial rollers contain specific smoothed stones, like jade or rose quartz, which can be rolled into the skin for skin care benefits. Companies that sell facial rollers, like Herbivore, claim that the cool temperature of the natural stones can improve blood circulation, skin tones, and elasticity. They can also reduce puffiness, wrinkles, and help reduce the appearance of dark under eye circles. Consider ditching concealer to cover dark circles, by incorporating this tool into your skin regimen.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid or HA has become a star ingredient for individuals with dry skin due to its ability to attract around 1,000 times its weight in water. However, consider the molecular size of HA in skin products, when shopping. Larger HA molecules do not have the ability to penetrate the dermis as well as smaller molecules can. HA can be used to target wrinkles and prevent signs of aging.

Paula’s Choice Skincare RESIST Hyaluronic Acid Booster / 0.67 oz / $34.00

Exfoliating Face Masks

Or best known as one the DO’s to clearer and glowy skin. Exfoliation works as a process that removes old, dead skin cells from the outermost layer of the skin, creating the appearance of rejuvenation. This method has beauty gurus raving about its ability to remove excess oils, unclog pores, and improve hyperpigmentation. DermaE’s Purifying Daily Detox Scrub contains natural exfoliants like activated charcoal and apricot seed powder. Whether DIY or store bought, exfoliants will make your skin feel like new again. Just remember to not be too rough!

DERMA E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub / 4 oz / $15.50

Rosewater

Another plant-based product makes the list. Rosewater, one of the main ingredients in Mario Badescu’s top-selling facial spray, has been linked to balancing the pH of human skin. Human skin naturally falls between 4.5 through 6.2 in the pH scale, making it acidic. Rosewater’s pH balancing abilities allow it to manage or reduce acne. Use as a toner with cotton pads and before moisturizer or whenever the skin needs a dewy finish.

Mario Badescu Skincare Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater / 4 fl oz / $7.00

Microneedling

Do not fret! This minimally invasive treatment, which can be performed by a trained aesthetician, dermatologist, or at home with the right equipment (hint: a derma-roller), can increase cell turnover and collagen production. Microneedling can be performed by any trained aesthetician or dermatologist. This procedure involves creating hundreds of puncture wounds on the top layer of the dermis to trick the skin into reducing the signs of aging. The old saying “Beauty is Pain” might fit this category.

Stacked Skincare By Kerry Benjamin Micro-Roller / $30.00

Rubber Facial Masks

One of the newest Korean skincare trends to spread into worldwide markets, including the United States. This method, or trend, involves mixing a gel base with a powder that transmutes itself into a thick, solid substance. Consider this a sheet mask, but with more of a kick due to its weight. Because of its heavy composition, the skin has no choice but to absorb all the ingredients. Rubber masks can incorporate any treatment desired, like brightening, anti-aging, hydration, or detoxifying.

Skyn Iceland Arctic Hydration Rubberizing Mask with Vitamin C / 3 Mask Treatments / $30.00

24-Karat Gold in Anything

Gold-infused skin care is one of the latest crazes. Pure gold, the chemical element known as Au, is claimed to slow down collagen depletion, increase elasticity, brighten, improve blood circulation, and prevent aging signs or wrinkles. Besides being an element, gold can behave like an antioxidant and possess anti-inflammatory properties. However, due to its element properties, gold can cause allergic reactions in some individuals.

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Ashley Hern

Ashley Hern is the Spring 2018 editor-in-chief of Lariat, the student-run newspaper, as well as part of the editorial staff for Orange Appeal. She is looking forward to a career in public relations, using not only the reporting and writing skills she's learned, but with the leadership skills as well. She enjoys reading, playing with her dog at the beach and watching Sci-Fi movies.

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