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All-star ingredients we loved in 2016

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Looking to jump start your beauty game in the New Year? Look no further than the superstar ingredients that ruled the roost in 2016 and continue to make waves.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Move over Argan! This miracle beauty cure-all is a superior moisturizer that restores lost lipids in skin and repairs damage. Fast-absorbing, non-greasy, a natural antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial. Bonus: Since the fats are similar to those in skin, virgin coconut oil rarely causes breakouts. With really pure coconut oil like this beauty, you can even cook or oil pull.
Green Tea
Ya ya, we know, you should drink up for its heart friendly and anti-cancer properties. But did you know that the high flavonoid and polyphenol content makes it an antioxidant hero that also works marvels for your skin and protects against sun damage and aging? There’s a slew of green tea beauty products that reduce inflammation and guarantee a healthy, glowing skin.
Lotus Flower
Ingredients, techniques, formulations, and now regions (like Jeju) are the basis for cutting edge Korean skin care products. Jeju Island has a different climate than other parts of Korea, and the proprietary White Lotus flower that grows there is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. Just slather on to soothe stressed out skin and wake up to happy, hydrated hands every morning.
All this while Hyaluronic Acid (HA) was believed to be the numero uno hydrating ingredient. But now squalene is getting its moment in the sun because it keeps moisture from escaping from skin unlike HA. Since squalene is a natural component of your skin's natural sebum, it won’t cause breakouts, and works wonders to heal dry and chapped skin and soften rough texture. Word of caution: Not recommended for acne-prone skin. But use with glee if you have normal-dry skin. You’ll love how it hydrates and illuminates your complexion.
Prickly Pear
Extremely rich in essential fatty acids, Omega 6 and 9, and Vitamins E and K, Prickly Pear stimulates collagen production, lightens the under-eye area and improves skin elasticity. Perfect for all skin types and for people who want to start preventable care for anti-aging. You’ll feel the immediate skin-softening effects and your skin will glow.
Red and white wine are an excellent source of resveratrol. Long known to have heart-healthy benefits such as preventing damage to blood vessels and lowering cholesterol, resveratrol is a boon for skin too; it preserves collagen, reduces inflammation, prevents discoloration and prevents skin cancer. Need any more reasons to drink up or slather on?
Royal Jelly
Royal jelly is choc-a-bloc with B Complex vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, minerals, enzymes, natural antibiotics and antibacterials, making it an amazing skin and hair nutrient.  Used for centuries, this anti-aging, moisturizing and healing nutrient is now a staple in many top-of-the-line beauty buys like this hair fibre strengthening formula. Did you know that Royal Jelly is a honey bee secretion that nourishes larvae and adult queen bees?
Jojoba Oil
This wonder oil is a godsend for dry, lifeless hair. The best part it moisturizes strands without weighing them down and deep conditions the scalp to hydrate follicles, making tresses strong, healthy and bouncy. What’s more, when added to a shampoo or conditioner, it removes oil deposits on scalp and hair to promote growth. 
Apple Cider Vinegar
We can’t get enough of this sour manna from heaven. With wide ranging benefits for everything from curing hiccups and dandruff, calming tummy troubles and acidity to soothing a sore throat, reducing cholesterol and weight loss, Apple Cider Vinegar has trended all through 2016. It’s also the latest weight loss mantra because the acetic acid in it suppresses appetite, ups metabolism, and reduces water retention. Get yours today!
Green Coffee Bean
Garcinia your time has come and gone! The new kid on the block is Green Coffee Bean extract that contains Chlorogenic Acid, believed to be responsible for its much touted weight loss effects. Most chlorogenic acid is removed when coffee is roasted, but studies show that green coffee beans reduce the absorption of carbohydrates from the digestive tract, lowers blood sugar and insulin spikes, and reduce the fat stored in the liver. Get your stash today!
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