“Ninety percent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat.” Nutritionist Dr. Victor Hugo Lindlahr, 1942

Yes, you are what you eat. I’m sure you’ve heard this old adage directed toward the choices we make for what we put “inside” our bodies. However, it’s also true that we are susceptible to the choices we make for the products we put “on” our bodies, including our face.

Today, there is a proliferation of products filling our drugstore shelves containing ingredients we should avoid. At the same time, there are products with ingredients we should be looking for – ingredients that can improve our appearance, our health, and our lifestyle. Be sure to read your cosmetic, sunscreen, skin treatment, and skin care products labels and look for these most-effective ingredients:

  • Antioxidants

Look for free-radical fighters like vitamin E, green tea, and niacinamide. These are great counterparts with sunscreens for protection against UV damage.

  • Hydroxy Acids

Alpha and beta hydroxyl acids are go-to ingredients if you’re seeking light exfoliation and to stimulate collagen. I especially like glycolic and lactic acids for gentle peels.

  • Peptides

These are amino acids. They’re especially good for building collagen and improving the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.

  • Hyaluronic Acids

Look for this lightweight but powerful moisturizer to hydrate and instantly plump the skin.

  • Retinol

One of the best anti-aging ingredients, the proven benefits of this vitamin A derivative are many, including pigment lightening, exfoliation, and acne control.

  • UV Protection

My mantra has and always will be “Protect your birthday suit…wear sunscreen daily.” Look for ingredients like zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and dimethicone in broad-spectrum formulas that shield against both UVA and UVB rays.