Bentonite is a mineral-rich clay made of weathered volcanic ash–yeah, you read that right. It’s actually been used for medicinal purposes and skincare for centuries. The term “bentonite” is actually a nod to Fort Benton, WY, where the largest source of clay is today. But enough history–this clay is naturally an anti-inflammatory and can help battle breakouts and reduce inflammatory acne. You’ll often find it in cleansers or as a clay mask; however, it may be too harsh to dry or sensitive skin types.
6. Aloe Vera
Besides being a staple in everyone’s medicine cabinet to treat sunburned skin, aloe vera is actually an amazing skincare ingredient for smooth skin. Much like bentonite, it’s been used for centuries. Made from a cactus plant that grows in arid climates, the leaves of the aloe plant created a clear gel that houses more than 75 different active compounds, including vitamins, minerals, salicylic acids (remember this one?), and more. In skincare, it leaves the skin feeling hydrated and refreshed and can also help make other ingredients more tolerable in formulations.
Peptides are strings of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins in your body--and without these proteins, our skin is prone to wrinkles. (P.S: we also need them for strong nails and healthy hair!). Thus, peptides boast a slew of anti-aging benefits for the skin, predominately with reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Peptides perform their best in a serum which allows the ingredient to sink into the skin. Peptides play nice with other skincare ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, making these ingredients easy to incorporate many different ways into a smoothing skincare routine that works.
Another vitamin is stepping up to the plate. Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, is water-soluble, which means it’s not stored in the body and is important to replenish. This ingredient works to brighten and smooth the skin, reduce hyperpigmentation, and calm inflammation.
Not only is niacinamide uniquely compatible with any of the products in your skincare routine (including the aforementioned hyaluronic acid, AHAs, BHA, vitamin C, and all types of antioxidants), but you can also use multiple niacinamide-containing products. This B vitamin is well tolerated by all skin types, including sensitive or rosacea-prone skin.