Anti-Ageing Creams Started with Nature
We are bombarded by ad campaigns promising to remove wrinkles and slow the signs of ageing. Do these campaign promises have any merit? We do not have sufficient data to say for sure. However, what we do know is that many over-the-counter skincare products contain ingredients that came from a natural source. Over time many OTC skin products have moved away from using natural sources as raw materials and now use mass-produced synthetic forms. As you read through the list of required ingredients, take notice of where they are also
found in nature. Retinol is the most researched ingredient for ageing. Retinol A is a synthetic derivative made from vitamin A. Retinol A can benefit the skin by neutralizing free radicals that damage collagen. Collagen is the primary substance that supports skin elasticity. Retinol A also helps to promote new collagen production and can improve skin discolouration. The natural choice for retinol is vitamin A, and one of the most effective natural products containing vitamin A is “Rosehip Seed Oil.” Not only is rose hip oil an excellent choice for natural retinoic acid (natural vitamin A), it also contains essential skin antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin C and B-carotene. Other popular ingredients found in OTC skin creams, that found their roots in nature, are Alpha hydroxy acids. Alpha hydroxy acids are exfoliants that help remove the upper layer of dead skin and thus play a role in stimulating new skin cell growth. Natural sources of alpha hydroxy acids are lemons and grapefruits. Hyaluronic acid (not an actual acid) is often added to skin care products because it can help to plump up the skin, which means it hydrates the cells of the skin, making them appear fuller. Ultimately, it helps reduce the look of fine lines, but only temporarily. The most recognized natural source of Hyaluronic Acid is the herb, Senna. One ingredient found in OTC creams that is very difficult to find through natural sources is peptides (copper peptides). Peptides trick your skin into producing more collagen. There are no known food sources for this material; it is naturally found in the human urine and saliva. We did not research where or how synthetic forms are produced. We suggest that until more research is done that you try to avoid copper peptides and opt for collagen instead. Peptides are one of the building blocks that can be found in collagen production. Internal collagen supplementation is one of the better choices to help improve skin elasticity.
Skin Creams Need Antioxidants
A complete skin cream solution should also contain skin-supporting antioxidants. Nature has laid the groundwork for OTC products to include some of these ingredients. You will also find antioxidants in natural skincare products, and in many cases, they have been left in their natural form. Antioxidants can positively affect the signs of ageing. They protect the skin from free radical damage by supporting the protein structures found in skin and preventing them from breaking down. The most beneficial antioxidants are Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Green Tea Extract and Resveratrol. Vitamin E oil is added to wrinkle creams because it can block free radical damage and replenish natural skin lipids (natural oils), helping to slow ageing. It is not recommended for acne-prone skin, unless it is combined with other supporting oils. You can purchase natural Vitamin E oil in different viscosities from Derma E but also look for it in combination products. Green Tea Extracts (synthetically produced), have been added to OTC
face creams because they help reduce damage on the skin surface and have natural anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea extract can reduce skin irritation, redness and help remove dead skin and bacteria. Its antimicrobial and astringent properties, along with its ability to balance the skin’s oil production and minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, make it an excellent choice for acne-prone skin. Natural Skin Care products will contain green tea, and a few companies such as Jason make a green tea cream. Vitamin C is another antioxidant you may see on the label because it helps protect the skin from UV damage. Vitamin C also helps to slough off dead skin cells, which helps increase new cell growth. Vitamin C also plays a critical role in the production of collagen, which is the fibre you need to help maintain elasticity. You can look for vitamin C serum as an ingredient in natural skincare products. Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in the skin of grapes, and other dark berries. It is added to skin formulations because it helps to heal damaged skin. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are beneficial for skin issues such as acne and rosacea. It would most likely appear on a product label in the form of an extract. Results from any product you use will not happen overnight. You may see superficial benefits due to the hydrating benefits of some ingredients, but the healing and replenishing of cells takes consistency and time.
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