My Favorite Ingredient-Focused Skincare Brands

Today, so many beauty brands truly care about ingredients over marketing — here are the ones I love most!
nathalieschransnathalieschrans
Oct. 14, 2020
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you! I love how skincare savvy we’ve become lately! I see so many people, both my friends in real life and fellow beauty fiends online, taking the time to learn about what skincare ingredients to look for to get the results we want. Now just about everyone who has a skincare routine knows about hyaluronic acid and how hard it works for our skin! I’ve noticed that some of the most popular beauty brands are successful not because of empty marketing buzzwords but because they really care about the ingredients they use and educating consumers on how these ingredients help them. Here are some of my favorite skincare brands that care about ingredients: Paula's ChoicePaula’s Choice is my go-to brand when I’m looking for products to treat specific skin concerns. Their products are all fragrance-free and cruelty-free use specific ingredients to target some of the most common skin issues. What I love about the brand is that each product explains exactly how its ingredients work to help your skin! Like many fans of the brand, I got started with the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator. Some of my other favorite products include the Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster to treat breakouts and texture issues and the Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster to fade dark spots and brighten my skin.The Ordinary I love The Ordinary’s straightforward product line and super affordable prices. This is the brand that first introduced me to serums like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, two ingredients I’ve used basically every day for over five years! They really focus on educating consumers about skincare ingredients, and their website even has guides on how to apply products in the right order and how to patch test products before using them. My favorite product is The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, which I use once a week to treat any blemishes or dullness. I also love The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane as a final moisturizer, especially when my skin feels more dehydrated in colder months.Dr. Dennis GrossDr. Dennis Gross is a board-certified dermatologist whose skincare brand is backed by his years of experience in the medical world of skin, along with high-quality ingredients that do what they say. I really like the Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel, which is a great product for people who haven’t tried chemical exfoliation before! I would recommend using them every other day until your skin gets used to it. I love that this brand uses powerful ingredients combined with gentle plant extracts to your skin, like the Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution, which uses ferulic acid and licorice root extract to boost the skin-brightening and anti-aging effects of retinol. What ingredients do you look for in your skincare products? Have you tried these brands before?
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