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Skin Care Ingredients Dictionary

A Skin-Care Expert on The 5 Ingredients You Need in Your Routine

She urges people to take a hands-on approach to caring for their complexions and think in the long term. "Skin is the largest organ of the body and it has complex needs to keep it looking beautiful day after day and year after year. So rather than just concentrating on specific ingredients, thinking of the categories is more realistic," she explains.

Below, Begoun breaks down the five categories of ingredients you should absolutely work into your skin-care routine – at least if you want a glowy, dewy, smooth, Beyoncé-level complexion. Then we paired each of her recommendations with some of our own favorite product picks so you can channel all your newfound skin knowledge toward some beauty shopping. Study up!

Antioxidants and Skin Protectants

"Skin is in critical need of antioxidants to interrupt environmental damage," says Begoun. "There are so many of these ranging from vitamin C, to grape, green tea, resveratrol, beta glucan, licorice, vitamin E, quercetin, nonfragrant plant oils and adenosine, to mention just a few."