As we age the skin becomes less effective in its functioning. It gets dryer, and its ability to repair itself decreases. The skin becomes thinner, leading to wrinkles.
Omega 3’s and 6’s are vital to healthy skin. Applying these essential fatty acids topically improves the texture of the skin and allows our skin cells to hold onto water.
Antioxidants like Vitamin C and E combat free-radical damage and slow down the oxidation that leads to aging.
These 9 potent anti-aging ingredients are not newly discovered plants, they are plants that have been cultivated for a long time. What is new, is their use in skincare and the understanding of the benefits they hold.
1. Sacha Inchi Seed Oil
This little Peruvian seed is the richest plant-based source of omega 3 (alpha linolenic) fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids help us regulate oil production. They help keep the skin elastic, protect from sun damage, repair already done damage, and keep our skin hydrated.
It also contains Omega 6 (linoleic) fatty acids, Vitamin A (stimulates collagen production) and Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol – a powerful antioxidant). It easily penetrates the skin and is highly moisturizing.
Sacha Inchi is prolific plant with yields of 4000 kilos per hectare. One plant can produce for up to 75 years! This makes it a sustainable crop.
2. Spring Snowflake Bulb Extract
A beautiful flower and a strong anti-aging ingredient, this extract delays aging by inhibiting muscle contraction (natural alternative to botox). It smooths and relaxes wrinkles, while also increasing the skins natural defense.
Flower bulbs go dormant in the winter to awaken in the spring. This power is harnessed and delivered to your skin.
3. Cress Sprout Extract
Nothing has more life force then a sprout. A baby plant must utilize the nutrients contained in its seed to burst forth into life. The first two leaves of the baby plant kick off the photosynthesis process, allowing the plant to make its own nourishment.
Cress sprout extract activates the skins purification system, protects your skin from environmental and DNA damage, fades discoloration, brightens the skin and evens skin tone.
4. Andiroba Seed Oil
For centuries the Amazonian people have used Andiroba seed oil to treat muscular aches and pains, as well as skin conditions and as an insect repellant.
The oil is high in essential fatty acids (most of it being oleic acid) and has noteworthy concentrations of Limonoids and Triterpenes (anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic compounds) It is a lightweight oil that absorbs quickly and is highly moisturizing.
Myristic acid contributes to the advancement of healing of damaged skin.
5. Amaranth Seed Extract (oil)
Amaranth oil contains the highest concentration of Squalene (8%) after shark liver oil (1.5%). Squalene is one of the most common lipids produced by our own skin, and is a natural moisturizer. It is also an active anti-cancer substance. It slows down the effects of skin aging and wrinkle formation, and is non-irritating.
Amaranth oil is high in linoleic acid (40%) which helps to preserve the health of cell membranes, enhance nutrient use, and establish and direct cellular metabolism.
6. Arctic Cloudberry Seed Oil
The arctic cloudberry is related to raspberries and grows in the northern hemisphere. The plant can withstand temperatures as cold as -40 degrees Celsius.
Cloudberry Seed Oil contains abundant amounts of Omega 6, Omega 3, Vitamin E, Vitamin A and plant sterols. These components strengthen and protect the skin, as well as reduce signs of aging.
Cloudberry Seed Oil has detoxification properties to help make the skin look brighter, fresher and more radiant.
7. Moringa Seed Oil
Moringa oil is is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory ans has nourishing and emollient properties. With a remarkable oleic acid content (72%), it penetrates deeply into the skin, delivering critical nutrients and assisting the skin in retaining moisture.
Moringa Oil contains cytokinins – plant hormones that stimulate cellular growth and delay the damage and destruction of skin tissues. Its most potent cytokinin is zeatin. Zeatin helps build collagen and improves skin conditions.
Moringa oil contains 1000 times more zeatin than any other plant. If that isn’t impressive enough, Moringa oil also contains more antioxidants then any known plant.
Vitamin C in Moringa oil reduces fine lines and repairs damaged skin cells.
8. Cupuacu Butter
A rain forest plant, it is revered for its rich content of phytosterols that benefit dry, damaged skin, polyphenols for combating free radical damage, and fatty acids that nourish and moisturize.
Cupuacu Butter offers natural sun protection, restructures the skins tissues, improves elasticity and soothes inflammation.
It is a plant-based alternative to lanolin, with its capacity to attract 240% more water, making it an effective skin hydrator and plumper.
9. Buriti oil
Pronounced bu-REE-chee, this oil is extracted form the buriti fruit and is rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and beta-carotene.
Buriti oil is the richest known source of beta-carotene – containing more then carrot seed oil. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant, prized for its ability to renew cells and naturally exfoliate the skin.
This oil increases skin elasticity and absorbs radiation in the scope of visible and ultraviolet light.
Topical anti-aging products have come a long way over the years; an array of naturally-derived ingredients are being discovered that have potent anti-aging effects. Botanical chemists are developing ways to harness these ingredients, keep them intact, and deliver them to our skin.
The future of anti-aging skincare looks bright, with natural plant oils and extracts being able to replace synthetic and toxic chemicals of the past. These synthetic chemicals don’t really work in the long-term – over time they actually weaken the skins support structure, leading to exactly what we are trying to prevent.
If you want to get your hands on some potent and natural anti-aging formulations, check out my buyers guide to the best organic anti-aging serums.
What do you think of these ingredients? Have you heard of them before? Leave any questions and comments below!
Yours In Beauty,