3. Real Food
Some ingredient lists sound like a salad bar.
Boosters of the food-as-product-ingredient trend say that whole foods are best for your skin for the same reason they’re good for your diet. And some foods are just as effective as their lab-made counterparts—or more so.
Essential oils from nuts and other plant components, like hazelnut and carrot seed, 20 are hydrating. And green tea is a great detoxifier.
But be cautious. Just because the label says “tomatoes” doesn’t mean that ingredient will benefit your face. Eat a kale salad and you’ll get vitamin C, but your skin doesn’t digest food. Antioxidants can degrade fast, so a kale-infused facial cleanser may not totally deliver, warns Houston dermatologist Rajani Katta.
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