Cosmeceuticals seems to be the new trend in anti-aging skin care products. But when trying to stay with natural ingredients it can get really confusing. While no one has found the fountain of youth here are a list of ten natural ingredients to look for in skin care products that can help slow the clock down in a safe and natural way.
1. Vitamin A (Retinol, Tretinoin and Retinyl Palmitate)
When this is added to a product in the right concentration it has been found to be very effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin tone and exfoliating the skin.
I have used this personally on and off for several years, it can be a little irritating at first and with the stronger perscription doses some significant peeling. When using Vitamin A, always wear a sunscreen.
2. Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid
Applied topically this antioxidant can reduce fine lines and wrinkles and has been shown to improve collagen production. Many products on the market do not contain enough Vitamin C or even the most absorbable form of vitamin C for effectiveness. L-Ascorbic Acid is the preferred form. 10 – 15% is a good amount. Vitamin C is one of my favorite products, I have seen some nice results when using it. My skin is smoother, and I think it diminishes fine lines.
3. Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
This skin softening and healing ingredient is a popular addition but it’s effectiveness too depends on quantity and quality of Vitamin E used. Look for natural Vitamin E with a high potency.
4. Vitamin K
This natural anti aging ingredient has been finding it’s way in to our skin care product lately for it’s ability to diminish dark circles and even out skin tones.
5. Alpha-Hydroxy Acids(AHA’s)
Commonly seen as glycolic acid from sugar cane, lactic acid from dairy products, tartaric acid from grapes, malic acid from fruit and citric acid from citrus fruits and antioxidant ellagic acid from raspberries, cranberries pomegranates etc. These anti aging ingredients are commonly used for their exfoliating properties. They also provide a skin tightening effect that helps to diminish fine lines.
6. Beta Hydroxy Acids(Salicylic Acid)
An acid that comes from willow bark. This gentler form is for those with sensitive skin and since it has the ability to penetrate deeply is good for oily or acne prone skin. It offers the same exfoliating qualities along with the ability to unclog pores. Salicylic Acid is aspirin, for an inexpensive pimple treatment, dissolve a low dose aspirin in enough water to make a paste and dab onto the offender. I use Salicylic Acid weekly to exfoliate dead skin cells – really great to get rid of flakes.
7. Ellagic Acid
Relatively new in the beauty world, anti oxidant rich ellagic acid found in raspberries, cranberries pomegranates etc. Pomegranate in particular is being studied for it’s effectiveness on aging skin. I have not tried Ellagic Acid but it is believed to have the ability to achieve moderate thickening of the epidermis, improve elasticity and collagen.
8. Hyaluronic Acid
This natural ingredient is very important for helping our skin hold more water and some studies show it may help to stimulate the growth of healthy skin cells. Hydrated skin is smoother, softer and plumper looking.
9. Sea Buckthorn
A popular ingredient used throughout the world for healing the skin such as that affected by Rosacea but has also been found to be very beneficial for anti aging. It is loaded with vitamins and nutrients to help feed dry or aging skin. It is said to combat wrinkles and dryness.
10. Shea Butter
Has been found to not only to moisturize and eliminate rough dry skin which makes any wrinkles less noticeable. A high concentration of at least 20% shea butter is the most beneficial. Try to find the unrefined shea is the best choice as it still has a high level of vitamins and nutrients.
There are no “miracle” creams or potions but you can diminish the effects of time by choosing products that have natural anti-aging ingredients in them.
Be eco beautiful.
A follow up on the gorgeous Gabby Wild and her
12 for 12 in 2012 Campaign
Internationally acclaimed wildlife conservatist,
Gabby Wild, is wearing a dress representing
the critically endangered Chinese giant salamander
for the entire month of May. The dress, composed of
ecologically friendly fabrics, was designed by environmental
fashion guru, Luis Valenzuela.
To donate and learn more details on Gabby Wild and the “12 in 12 for 12” campaign can be found at
About the Author (Author Profile)
Melinda received her degree in Communications from Drury University. After working in marketing for many years, she refocused her career and is now a freelance writer and artist.
Melinda brings her love of fashion, beauty and the environment together to find eco-friendly clothing and products each week.
She resides in the midwest with her wonderful husband and a really great dog.
There are no comments yet. Why not be the first to speak your mind.