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The underrated skincare products dermatologists love.

“Vitamin D is an important protective anti-inflammatory and anti-aging ingredient known to be essential in the diet. It is also emerging as a powerful skincare ingredient, but is currently underutilized,” said Dr McDonald.

Not only does it work to calm inflammation and protect the skin from environmental aggressors, but it’s also a powerful ingredient when it comes to improving cell turnover.

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Lactic acid.

While actives like salicylic acid and glycolic acid are big names on the beauty streets, lactic acid is a bit quieter – but seriously delivers *amazing* benefits to the skin. (Psst…this is especially good if you suffer from sensitivity and dryness!).

“Lactic acid is one of the key actives that will help renew our skin,” Dr. Shyamalar said.

“It activates our anti-aging genes. Lactic acid also provides continuous gentle exfoliation of our skin, it increases a very hydrating substance in our skin called natural moisture factor, and it can also help with the overall formation of collagen and skin luminosity.”

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Vitamin C.

Anyone else absolutely addicted to using Vitamin C in skincare? Please sit down. We need to talk. Because apparently that’s not all it’s supposed to be.

“Vitamin C is by far the most widely used ingredient in skincare,” Dr. Armor said. “Seriously!”

“Yes, it’s a fabulous collagen booster and brightening ingredient. So it can be a useful ingredient to fight and lighten fine lines. BUT, as a dermatologist, I can tell you that vitamin C is one of the most common causes I see of perioral dermatitis and skin irritation,” said Dr. Armour.

Eek! Not good. If you suffer from sensitivity and irritation and vitamin C is one of your non-negotiables, this could be the reason.

“It’s also often unstable in its formulation. That means you might not be applying what you think you are. I think we’ve long been excited about all things vitamin C because it was one of the first cosmeceutical ingredients after retinoids and AHAs to obtain solid scientific data.”

“But, we need to move on! There are so many other cosmeceutical ingredients that do the exact same thing as vitamin C, without the risk of irritation,” Dr. Armor said.

“Niacinamide and astaxanthin have solid science to show that they do all the same things as vitamin C without risking giving you a rash. They are by far my preference over vitamin C.”

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“It’s a great active, vitamin A, and certainly the various skincare and cosmeceutical companies [industry] used the fact that retinol is very important for collagen formation, pigment recalibration, and proper overall skin cell turnover,” Dr. Shyamalar said.