When it comes to looking younger gracefully and confidently, anti-aging skin care means using healthy ingredients. It seems like there is always a new buzzword or a newly discovered plant ingredient to transform your skin. We’re not afraid to try new ingredients, but we also know when it’s best to stick with the ones that work. There are some ingredients that have proven to be so beneficial for anti-aging that they will always be part of our daily skincare routines.
We’ll be highlighting seven key skincare ingredients that have anti-aging properties. They are all natural. These must-have antiaging tools will be discussed, as well as where and why they are so effective. Natural ingredients should be kept as close as possible to their original state so that more nutrients can reach your skin. These essential ingredients can help you achieve smooth skin regardless of your age.
The Ingredient: Pomegranate
Pomegranate is known for its powerful anti-aging properties. This could be why there’s so much buzz about this delicious little fruit. Recent research has shown that urolithin A is a key ingredient in muscle cell regeneration. The authors of a study published by the science journal Nature Medicine see enormous potential in its anti aging benefits. Johan Auwerx is a researcher and the author of the study.
Because of its high level of vitamin C and punicic acid, the pomegranate has been called «anti-aging queen». This Omega-5 fatty acids helps skin retain collagen. Expect plumper and more youthful skin. Our natural anti-aging skin products have pomegranate in them!
The Ingredient: Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can be found in many fruits and vegetables as well as leafy green plants. Although vitamin C is naturally found in the skin, humans cannot produce it like other animals and plants. Vitamin C can be obtained from food (such as citrus fruits and Berries) or applied topically. Fun fact: Red bell peppers contain more vitamin C per serving than oranges.
Vitamin C, one of many antioxidants found in the skin, protects the skin from free radicals. These harmful compounds are sometimes called «reactive oxygen substances» and can form when the skin is subject to stressors like UV radiation or pollution. Exposure to daily stressors can cause free radicals to build up on the skin, causing structural damage to the cellular DNA. This can eventually cause damage to the skin’s natural supply collagen, which is responsible for maintaining skin’s structure, elasticity, and strength.
Vitamin C can be applied topically to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Vitamin C can also be used topically to reduce skin discolorations such as age spots or post-acne scarring.
The Ingredient: Squalane
Squalane, a stabilized form squalene (with a ‘e), is a natural lipid derived primarily from animal and plant fats. About 13% of skin’s total sebum content is made up of squalene, which is found in the skin’s natural moisturizing barrier. Squalene is best known for its moisturizing qualities and its light, non-greasy texture. Squalene is a natural emollient that helps maintain a skin’s softness, smoothness, and hydration. Your body’s ability to produce this essential compound drops dramatically with age, leading to dry and rough skin.
Natural squalene is very susceptible to oxidation so it is often made into squalane prior to being used in skincare products. To get the same benefits, you can use ingredients that naturally contain squalene. It may have antioxidant properties, and can be applied topically to protect the skin against external aggressors like pollution.
Argan oil is an alternative to squalane in nature. Both ingredients can both be extracted from plants and have similar benefits. Both ingredients have similar skin-protecting, moisturizing, soothing, and anti-aging benefits. Argan oil actually contains squlene in its composition.
Argan oil is a great choice. It’s also a key component in La Coéss REVITALISÉ Nutrient Organic Face Oil. This luxurious oil is rich in evening primrose oil and lavender essential oils, which boost essential moisture to restore tired-looking skin. The lightweight formula moisturizes and smoothens the skin in just one night. It can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and firm the skin. For visibly smoother and more youthful skin, apply two to three drops of oil before you go to bed.
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The Ingredient: Vitamin A
Retinol is a vitamin A derivative and one of the best anti-aging ingredients in skincare. Vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin, plays many roles in the human body. Vitamin A is involved in the body’s production of and dispersion structural proteins such as collagen and elastin. The Food and Drug Administration has approved vitamin A for anti-aging and anti-wrinkle formulations.
Retinol and other vitamin A derivatives can penetrate the skin to bind with keratinocytes and skin cells when applied topically. Retinol, once attached to the appropriate receptor, stimulates cell growth and prevents collagen and elastin degradation. It also inhibits the growth and growth of proteins which, over time, can lead to a weakening skin moisture barrier. Retinol protects skin from visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines.
The Ingredient: VitaminE
Vitamin E is essential for skin healing, suppleness, and enhanced hydration. Vitamin E helps skin maintain its natural moisture levels, which eases dryness. It is effective in reducing wrinkles and fine lines when used regularly. Because it is an antioxidant, it can block free radicals. It is therefore often referred to as the first line defense against environmental damage. It is part of a moisturizing natural skincare routine that seals in moisture and protects the outermost layer of skin. It is a key ingredient in many natural skin care products that nourish the skin.
The Ingredient: Zinc Oxide / Titanium Dioxide
It’s not necessary to explain sunscreen. It’s undoubtedly the most important component in your anti-aging skincare regimen. The SPF (or sun protection factor) is a measure of a sunscreen’s effectiveness. SPF, or sun protection factor, can be used to measure the effectiveness of sunscreens. It can either contain chemical UV filters or physical sunscreens that include protective minerals such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Experts recommend that you use sunscreen with at least 30 SPF daily. However, a sunscreen with 50 SPF or more is recommended for those who spend more time in direct sunlight.
Sunscreen protects your skin from sunburns and helps prevent the appearance of wrinkles. Research shows that UV exposure is responsible for approximately 80% of visible signs of skin age. Exercising in the sun for too long can cause skin to lose elasticity, discoloration and darkening. Although sunscreen won’t fix these issues, proper use can help to prevent the onset of wrinkles. A daily SPF is essential to maintain healthy skin and keep it looking younger.
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The Ingredient: Green Tea
Green tea (and all teas) are natural ingredients that need no introduction. There are many benefits to green tea, which has numerous health benefits that include skin care and overall well-being. Green tea is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Polyphenols, which are plant-derived flavonoids, are responsible for the anti-aging properties of green tea. Green tea has been shown to reduce sun damage, protect skin against cancer, and lower collagen breakdown in early studies.
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