7 Best Natural Anti Aging Skin Ingredients
Many of the best anti-aging ingredients are synthetic, but they do have one huge flaw: there’s always a negative in terms of toxicity to your health.
According to organics.org, women will put up to 515 synthetic chemicals on their bodies every day with the average woman using 12 products a day and the average man using 6 products a day.
For example, some of the following ingredients that we can guarantee you’re using everyday have the following health hazards:
- Parfum (to make your skincare product smell nice) – a mixture of toxic ingredients that may cause hormone disruption
- Phthalates – linked to changes in sex hormone levels, altered development of genitals and low sperm count + quality
- Aluminium - used in deodorants and a toxic metal that can have oestrogen-like effects in our systems
Fortunately, there are new ingredients coming out which are natural and don’t have the adverse effects that some of the toxic ingredients have.
Here are 7 of the best natural anti-aging ingredients…
1.) Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a type of tropical cactus plant that’s been used for thousands of years and there are over 420 different species of Aloe Vera.
It is one of the best natural skincare ingredients to help soothe, moisturise and cool the skin - with a study showing patients an early improvement in their skin burns from using Aloe Vera gel.
Aloe Vera gel is made from the plant’s pulp and there have been studies showing that wrinkles, elasticity and collagen production improved in the groups who consumed Aloe Vera Gel Supplements for 90 days.
One of the reasons why Aloe Vera is effective in reducing wrinkles is due to the molecules contained inside it called sterols.
Sterols help promote the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid which helps the skin retain moisture- leading to wrinkles being less noticeable.
2.) Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid is a clear substance that is naturally produced by the body with the largest amounts being found in the skin, connective tissue and eyes.
Close to 50% of the Hyaluronic Acid is in the skin where water binds with it to help keep the moisture.
Unfortunately, as we age, the levels of Hyaluronic Acid decreases and exposure to the sun, pollution and smoke decrease our levels also.
Supplementing with Hyaluronic Acid has been shown to:
- Increase Moisture
- Reduce Dry Skin
When applied topically to the skin, Hyaluronic Acid can help reduce wrinkles, redness and dermatitis.
The main purpose of Hyaluronic Acid is to keep tissues well lubricated and moist and skin aging being associated with a loss of skin moisture.
By retaining the moisture in your skin, you can reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles.
3.) Liposomal Vitamin C
Vitamin C is one of the best anti-aging ingredients for not just our bodies, but also our skin.
It is extremely safe and has been used for the following skin benefits:
- Even Skin Tone
- Helps Reduce Redness
- Accelerates Cell Turnover
- Help Prevent Skin Sagging
- Protects Against Sun Damage
- Promotes Collagen Production
- Helps Face Hyperpigmentation
- Reduce The Appearance of Under-Eye Circles
Normal skin will contain high concentrations of Vitamin C and levels of Vitamin C are similar to levels in other parts of the body.
Some reports have shown levels of Vitamin C to be lower in aged or photodamaged skin with other reports showing excessive exposure to oxidant stress from pollutants and UV irradiation depleting Vitamin C levels in the epidermal layer.
4.) Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an antioxidant which is fat soluble and an essential nutrient with anti-inflammatory properties.
Topical Vitamin E can be easily absorbed by the skin and products with Vitamin E + Vitamin C may dissipate less if exposed to UV Light.
Hyperpigmentation (too much pigment in the skin) - a cause of dark patches on the skin - has been shown in studies to be moderately affected by using topical Vitamin E and Vitamin C.
Vitamin E also affects blood circulation which is why some people might notice an increase in firmness and / or structure of their skin.
It is also one the key compounds that helps fight off free radicals on the skin which are caused by sun exposure and pollution.
5.) Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Vitamin B3 is an essential nutrient that helps build proteins in the skin and offer protection against environmental damage.
Vitamin B3 can help the skin grow a ceramide (lipid) barrier which can help retain moisture in the skin and help build keratin which keeps skin firm and healthy.
It also has a brightening benefit as it impacts melanocytes which are cells that contribute to pigment formation in the skin.
Niacinamide is also a precursor to NAD+ which has been shown to reverse some of the signs of aging and promote longevity.
Benefits of Vitamin B3 For Skin:
- Promotes Skin Cell Turnover
- Helps Repair UV-Damaged Cells
- Helps Make More Energy Available To Cells
- Reduces Immune Suppression Caused By UV Radiation 1
NMN is also a precursor to NAD+ and one of the most talked about anti-aging ingredients in the longevity communities.
It may help with increasing skin cell turnover as it helps increase NAD+ in the skin and lower NAD+ levels decrease skin cell turnover.
Skin cell turnover helps increase the formation of new skin and “turnover” the old skin so that cells from the deepest layer (subcutaneous layer) move up to the highest layer (epidermis) which is the layer exposed to the air.
CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant which helps protect the skin at the molecular level from the sun.
Coenzyme 10 is found in every cell of the human body and is vital for energy production in cells.
Like most things as we age, CoQ10 decreases which means our supplies diminish quicker as we get older.
As an antioxidant, CoQ10 will help mitigate the negative effects of UV Radiation, Infrared Radiation and Pollution.
Benefits of CoQ10 For Skin:
- Energise Cell Activity - skin cells need energy to repair damage and clear toxins
- Reduce Sun Damage
- Even Skin Tone - CoQ10 blocks tyrosinae which contributes to the production of melanin and melanin causes dark spots
- Stimulate Collagen + Elastin Production - supports ability to produce collagen & elastin
- Replenishes Skin Cells - more energised skin cells = healthier skin cells
- Reduce Appearance of Wrinkles and Fine Lines - an increase in collagen + elastin can help reduce the appearance of fine line
With most of the aging of the skin being caused by environmental sources, it’s important we mitigate these negative effects by using natural anti-aging ingredients.
And you also don’t carry the risk of the negative side effects of some of the more potent but toxic skin ingredients that companies use in their skincare products.
TheraDermis contains all of the ingredients mentioned in this article in one formula so you don’t have to take 7 separate skincare products.