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These are the last six ingredients on the list. Some of these may seem like a stretch but many beauty brands include these in their products. Brands like Murad and Eucerin have some of these ingredients listed on their bottles.


Urea is an organic compound that helps heal dry skin by removing the a top layer of dead skin cells.


Vitamins are vital nutrients that help maintain healthy bodily functions. Many vitamins such as A,C,E, and D promote healthy skin.


Water is essential and helps keep the body hydrated. It’s also used to help formulate products and helps the skin absorb ingredients.


Xanthan is a sugar based polymer used in skincare to bind and stabilize ingredients.


Wild Yams contain vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial to skin. Yam extract helps improve skin’s elasticity.


Zinc Oxide is a mineral found in sunscreens that protects skin from UVA and UVB rays.

The list continues with some more interesting skincare ingredients. This group is packed with some of my all time favorites that I always make sure to look for and use.


Peptides are composed of amino acids and essentially work by sending “messages” or “commands” to skin cells. Some peptides can increase collagen production and other kinds aid in wrinkle reduction.


CoQ10 is a natural enzyme found in every cell. It helps fight the signs of aging by fending off free radicals.


Retinal is a form of vitamin A that helps stimulate collagen production and increase cell regeneration.


Salicylic Acid is used to treat acne and removes excess oil from skin.


Titanium Dioxide is a mineral added to sunscreens that protects skin from UVA and UVB rays.


Here are some more common skincare ingredients, some help improve skin clarity while others protect your skin from dangerous UV rays.


Kojic Acid is derived from a Japanese mushroom. It inhibits melanin production and helps lighten skin discolorations and hyper pigmentation.


Lanolin is a waxy substance extracted from sheep wool. It is used in lip balm because it helps protect skin from free radicals and the harsh environment.


Mud is used to detoxify the skin. It’s an anti-inflammatory and contains minerals and trace elements that our bodies easily absorbs.


Niacinamide helps fight acne, fade scars and clears up skin discolorations. It also improves skin’s elasticity.


Oxybenzone is an ingredient in sunscreen that protects skin against UVB rays.

The list continues with some natural ingredients and some synthetic ingredients.


Fish Oil helps your skin regulate oil production. This increases hydration and helps prevent acne. It also helps protect against sun damage and may help repair previous damage.


Glycolic Acid comes from sugar cane and is an exfoliant that helps treat acne and is found in anti-aging treatments. It exfoliates skin and speeds up cell turn over.


Humectants are a type of cream or balm that helps skin retain its moisture. It actually pulls moisture from the air into your skin.


Idebenone is a synthetic antioxidant that fights wrinkles. It’s an anti-inflammatory and reduces UV cell damage and hyper pigmentation.


Jojoba oil is a popular ingredient found in most natural skincare and haircare products. It is an excellent moisturizer that helps skin maintain it’s moisture levels and is not greasy. It’s also has antifungal properties.

Ever wonder what the long list of ingredients are in your beauty products? Here’s an A to Z guide about different types of skincare ingredients and their benefits. This guide can also help you learn about what ingredients to look for to care for your type of skin.


Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) is an acid that exfoliates your skin. It helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin tone and unclogs pores.


Beta-keratine is a protein that helps skin and hair retain its moisture.


Collagen is a protein and the building blocks of our skin. It’s what makes our skin look plump and supple.


Vitamin D is an antioxidant and anti-carcinogen that helps cell regeneration and is an excellent treatment for psoriasis.


Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals that can cause aging. It also helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure has five Steps in one Bottle: Base Coat, Strengthener, Growth Treatment, Color and Top Coat. However I still like to apply my own base coat and top coat for added security. There’s nothing wrong with extra shine when it comes to nails! Fairly Teal is a gorgeous color, it’s the perfect shade of deep blue-green. This color is also the perfect dupe for Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Nirvana. It’s a bold and bright creamy formula that glides on smooth and evenly onto your nail. I just love its wide thick brush, one sweep covers just about your whole nail. What I don’t like is that it doesn’t last as long as other brands, I got my first chip within two days.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure $6.99 Fairly Teal also available on


Stila Cosmetics and Glamour Magazine collaborated together to create a new Lip Glaze Trio – It’s Go Time. This trio is currently exclusively sold on This month’s Birchbox was curated by Glamour and I got a full size Lip Glaze in Lights, one of the shades in the trio.

Lights is a sheer caramel color with hints of golden shimmer. It goes on very sheer, but you do see the shimmer when the light hits it. The gloss has a fruity candy scent to it, but it’s not flavored. The other colors in the trio include Camera, a pearly gold red, and Action, a golden berry shade.

Stila Lip Glazes are infused with vitamins A,C, and E, to help keep your pucker supple and hydrated.

Stila Lip Glaze $22

Stila It’s Go Time Lip Glaze Trio $12

Alba Botanica is a great brand that only offers all natural, 100% vegetarian beauty products. Their new Sea Algae Enzyme Scrub from their Natural Even Advanced line is a gentle scrub that will help you improve your completion. Walnut shell powder is added to help scrub away any dullness or uneven skin tone issues you may have. This exfoliator feels finer than most other scrubs, it feels like fine sand and is not harsh. It’s also formulated with sea algae enzymes which help stimulate cell regeneration. That’s not all, the ingredients list features a wealth of other good for you natural ingredients like aloe vera, jojoba oil, and grapefruit extracts, just to name a few. It smells good too, like a fresh botanical soap. My face felt nice and smooth after using it. All Alba Botanica products are paraben-free, sulfate-free, Phthalates-free, and never tested on animals.

Alba Botanica Natural Even Advanced Sea Algae Enzyme Scrub $11.49

Ladies keep your eyes peeled for the August issue of Allure Magazine because it’s going to be loaded with tons of beauty stuff to win! Allure will team up with Microsoft Tag for the annual Free Stuff issue. Readers will have multiple chances to win over 32,000 full-size beauty products and fashion prizes curated by Allure’s top editors.

All you have to do is grab your smartphone and scan the tag to enter the giveaway. There will be a total of 30 pages of prizes with tags to scan. Each giveaway has a specific date, time, and deadline.  A master Microsoft Tag will be on page 143 and on, this way you can tear out that page to scan for a chance to win or scan from the website instead of using the magazine all the time. Some of the feature prizes include; essie polish, Max Mara handbag, Diesel Jeans, Marc Jacobs Perfume, and much more. There will be multiple giveaways each day.

This is what a Tag looks like! Scan it to follow The Beauty Edge on Instagram!

This year as an added bonus, Allure is also doing a Pinterest sweepstakes – Scan, Pin & Win! You will have the chance to win a five-night Hawaiian getaway. Look for the Scan, Pin & Win promo page in Allure’s August issue as well.  Log on to Pinterest, scan any of the tags on that page, and register for the sweepstakes. Pin any of the products you see on that page and you are automatically entered. The Pinterest sweepstakes goes live on July 24th, got to

I can’t wait to join in on all the scanning and pinning fun! I think Pinterest giveaways are so much fun, I just love them! I think it would be fun to host a Pinterest giveaway on the blog. I am so looking forward to the August issue!

Penny Talk is a shiny metallic copper nail color. It’s like jewelry for your nails because it’s the perfect rose gold. Rose gold is one of hottest trends right now, makes me think of the watch I saw recently that I want/need to get! I just love this color. It looks just like the color of a brand new shiny penny, so the name is right on target. Like always, this Essie polish comes in a great formula that gives you long lasting color. Penny talk would look great in a half moon mani or as an accent nail. It also looks stunning on it’s own.

Essie Penny Talk $8

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