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Five Essential Skin Care Ingredients to Look For This Spring

Heather Wilson, director of Brand Development at InstaNatural and certified skin esthetician, shared five of her favorite ingredients for spring beauty routines, including caffeine, retinol, and vitamin C. Read on to find your new favorite skin care products, and get ready for a clearer complexion.

Hyaluronic Acid

InstaNatural Premium Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum

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Keeping skin hydrated is important, no matter the weather circumstances. Get your glow back by using a product that has hyaluronic acid, which is a water-based ingredient, in the morning and before you go to bed. "When skin becomes dehydrated, it loses vibrancy and elasticity and becomes susceptible to damage," Wilson says. "Hyaluronic acid provides deep hydration, protects the skin's natural barrier, and plumps lines and wrinkles."

Wilson's pick: InstaNatural Premium Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum, InstaNatural, $16

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Hyaluronic Acid

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum

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Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum, Sephora, $65

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Hyaluronic Acid

Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint

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Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint, Sephora, $56

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Hyaluronic Acid

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution

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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution, Sephora, $88

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Caffeine

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Serum

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Had a late night? Make sure your face doesn't show it by applying a product that includes caffeine. "Caffeine is a potent ingredient that helps stimulate the skin around the eyes, decreasing fluid buildup that can cause darkness and bags," says Wilson. "Eye serums that contain caffeine are a great way to get the powerful dose of the ingredient, as serums can absorb into the skin more effectively than creams."

Wilson's pick: InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Serum, InstaNatural, $17

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Caffeine

Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer

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Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer, Origins, $28

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Caffeine

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

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100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream, 100% Pure, $26

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Caffeine

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Soufflé

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DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Soufflé, Sephora, $68

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Alpha Hydroxy Acids

InstaNatural Glycolic Acid Cream

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It's no joke that exfoliating can save your skin. Take your exfoliating game up a notch by incorporating products into your routine that have alpha hydroxy acids in their ingredient lists. "Alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid and lactic acid, are powerful ingredients that exfoliate, stimulate collagen production, and minimize the appearance of pores, lines, and discoloration," Wilson says.

Wilson's pick: InstaNatural Glycolic Acid Cream, InstaNatural, $20

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Alpha Hydroxy Acids

philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar

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philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar, philosophy, $14

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Alpha Hydroxy Acids

DERMAdoctor Ain't Misbehavin' Healthy Toner with Glycolic & Lactic Acid

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DERMAdoctor Ain't Misbehavin' Healthy Toner with Glycolic & Lactic Acid, Sephora, $39

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Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Crème

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Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Crème, Ole Henriksen, $40

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Retinol

InstaNatural Advanced-Action Retinol Moisturizer

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As we age, reducing the look of wrinkles becomes one of our top priorities when it comes to our skin. To help, try a product with retinol, which is a form of vitamin A. "Retinol works deeply in the skin to increase cell turnover, helping to slough away dead and dulling skin cells. This helps to clear breakouts, smooth acne scarring, decrease hyperpigmentation, and reduce lines and wrinkles," Wilson says.

Wilson's pick: InstaNatural Advanced-Action Retinol Moisturizer, InstaNatural, $20

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Retinol

Verso Super Serum Series

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Verso Super Serum Series, DermStore, $170

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Retinol

Dr. Brandt 2% Retinol Complex Serum

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Dr. Brandt 2% Retinol Complex Serum, Sephora, $86

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Vitamin C

InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum

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Vitamin C won't just keep you from getting sick—it will help your skin too! In case you need another reason to love it, vitamin C benefits all skin types and all skin concerns. "Vitamin C has the unique ability to illuminate skin tone, decrease and prevent hyperpigmentation, smooth lines and wrinkles, and boost collagen production. The antioxidant power of vitamin C also protects the skin from daily aggressors, helping to maintain a youthful and vibrant skin," Wilson says.

Wilson's Pick: InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum, InstaNatural, $17

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Vitamin C

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil

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Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil, Korres, $54

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Vitamin C

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

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Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, $60

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Vitamin C

Ole Henriksen Truth Revealed Brightening Moisturizer SPF 15

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Ole Henriksen Truth Revealed Brightening Moisturizer SPF 15, Ole Henriksen, $55

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