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6 Secret Weapons for Your Beauty Routine

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author image Laura Vogel
Laura Vogel has worked in professional publishing since 1994. She has served as a writer for Zagat, copy chief of "ELLE," assistant managing editor of "Us Weekly" and features editor for the "Pulse" section of "The New York Post." Vogel has a B.A. in media studies from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.

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6 Secret Weapons for Your Beauty Routine
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The science of skin care has burgeoned in the past few years. And because of that, you've likely seen an influx of seemingly strange skin care products -- exotic oils you apply to clean skin and hair and live skin cells that refresh your face. But rest assured, you’re not living in a sci-fi novel. These new treatments do exist. Read on to hear about six things you definitely need to incorporate into your beauty and skincare routine.

1. Tamanu Oil
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1 TAMANU OIL

Putting oil on your skin may feel counterintuitive. But founder and CEO of Kat Burki Skincare Kat Burki says, “Using the right oils actually balances the production of oil in your skin rather than the common misconception of leaving your skin greasy and prone to breakouts.” According to Burki, oils can reduce the signs of aging and refine skin’s texture for a healthier, smoother appearance. When choosing the right oil for your skin, Burki recommends sticking to oils that are cold-pressed. “Cold-pressed choices such as Tamanu oil are higher in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, resulting in increased cell turnover, faster skin regeneration and strong healing abilities.”

Related: How to Find the Best Skin Care Products for Your Face

2. Vitamin A, C and D
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2 VITAMIN A, C AND D

When it comes to vitamins, take a two-pronged approach. “Eat well to be healthy inside and apply externally to restore the exterior strength and beauty,” says Celeste Hilling, founder and CEO of Skin Authority. Vitamin A, which reduces wrinkles, firms and tightens skin and protects against UV radiation, can be found in sweet potatoes, carrots, green tea, broccoli and pumpkin. Vitamin C -- a cofactor in the production of collagen for firmer, tighter skin -- boosts UV protection when worn under sunscreen. Foods rich in C include oranges, broccoli, cantaloupe and tomatoes. And vitamin D can help improve skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and heavy wrinkling. Get plenty of dietary vitamin D from fatty fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel or with liver, mushrooms and egg yolks.

Related: 10 Foods That Are Bad For Your Skin

3. Oil Pulling
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3 OIL PULLING

To achieve healthier gums and cleaner teeth naturally, Tara Levesque-Vogel, D.M.D., of Levesque Family Dentistry in Nashua, New Hampshire, advises an ancient Indian Ayurvedic practice called “oil pulling.” She says it’s surprisingly potent. The technique involves swishing the mouth with coconut oil, and it’s been found to be more effective than antibacterial mouth rinses in killing bacteria. “I’ve recommended it to my patients with gum disease and those who develop decay easily,” Dr. Levesque-Vogel says. “The results have been amazing!” As an added bonus, coconut oil also protects your skin and hair from harsh winters and dry summers.

Related: 7 Ayurvedic Practices That Seem Strange but Really Work

4. Skincare Power Tools
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4 SKINCARE POWER TOOLS

The most effective treatments are the ones with not only the best ingredients but also the best equipment. “With the combination of ingredients and machines, clients get better results that last longer," says Florida-based master esthetician and spa owner Nancy Reagan. "We can actually physically affect the performance of the skin DNA. We can ultrasonically exfoliate the skin without harming the skin. We can ultrasound-penetrate potent ingredients into the skin with up to 10,000 times more absorption than just applying with your hands. We can lift muscles with electrical microcurrent that stimulates the ADP, a molecule that transmits energy through the skin. It’s like the muscle giving the face a workout like going to the gym!”

5. Glycolic Acid
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5 GLYCOLIC ACID

Stimulation is another word for exfoliation, says Ben Johnson, M.D., creator of Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare. “To best take advantage of this process, try products made with glycolic acid. This ingredient is now found in many creams and serums and is a rejuvenating ingredient. The skin doesn’t have glycolic-acid receptors, so your body’s method of action is simply to destroy whatever it can.” Basically, the glycolic acid removes the damaged layers of skin so that your body can replace them with new layers.

Related: 6 Skin-Care Ingredients to Avoid

6. Retinaldehyde
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6 RETINALDEHYDE

So how do you stimulate the skin without damaging it? Ben Johnson, M.D., creator of Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare recommends retinaldehyde. “The key remodeling components in the skin are the body’s fibroblasts,” he says. “They make collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycans, all of which are critical to a youthful appearance.” Retinaldehyde stimulates fibroblasts and synthesizes collagen by converting it to retinoic acid.

What Do YOU Think?
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

What does your beauty regimen look like? What’s your favorite beauty product? Have you ever tried any of these treatments to keep your skin healthy and looking young? What worked best for you? Or maybe there was a crazy skin care solution that’s better left untried? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: 9 Ways to Keep Your Skin Looking Great

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