It’s no secret that antioxidants are a key component in anti-aging skincare products, but using the blanket term “antioxidant” isn’t very useful. The truth is, many ingredients are considered antioxidants, so which ones work best, and what other elements should you look for in anti-aging products that produce top results?
Today we’re breaking down the best and most natural anti-aging ingredients to look for when buying your next skincare products. Discover the anti-aging skincare secrets below.
1 – Dunaliella Salina
Don’t slip over the pronunciation here – what you need to know is that Dunaliella Salina is a form of marine algae that thrives in harsh environments that have extreme levels of sunlight, temperature and salt. They are protected by carotenoids called Phytoene and Phytofluene, and these same carotenoids can help your skin. They repair by quenching free radicals and promoting even skin coloration. They also protect by blocking UV radiation and inflammation.
2 – Vitamin A
Vitamin A comes in many forms, including Renova, Retin A and Tretinoin. It is responsible for cell repair and growth, in particular boosting collagen – a protein in your skin that makes it firm and springy (thus resisting wrinkles). By giving this protein a boost, vitamin A slows the normal breakdown of collagen and elastin that lead to aging skin.
3 – Beta Carotene
Beta carotene is a natural pigment that gives carrots, pumpkins, and other fruits and vegetables their color. Beta carotene is an antioxidant that inhibits oxidation and stops the formation of free radicals. It can also help fade age spots and brighten your skin for a glowing youthful look.
4 – Gorgonians (Sea Whip)
Gorgonians are a marine organism related to coral and more commonly known as sea whips. They produce compounds called Pseudopterosins, which are natural anti-inflammatories. When used in skincare, they suppress inflammation and block the pathways that lead to inflammation.
5 – Vitamin C
Vitamin C has been shown to increase production of collagen and therefore help reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines. It can also reduce skin inflammation and enhance your skin’s repair process, which makes it useful in fading age spots that are caused by sun damage.
6 – Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha lipoic acid is a natural chemical that is found in many foods such as spinach, broccoli and potatoes. It is one of the most powerful antioxidants available because it is both fat and water soluble. Since some layers of your skin are lipids (fats) and the insides of each cell are watery, this means alpha lipoic acid can penetrate deep into every layer and cell of your skin to quench free radicals.
7 – CoQ10
CoQ10 is an enzyme that is already produced in your body, but factors such as aging and stress can lower CoQ10 levels. Skincare products can help boost your CoQ10 to normal levels, which can help increase collagen and elastin production and defend your skin against free radicals.
8 – Vitamin E
Vitamin E is important in anti-aging skincare because of its role in protecting your skin, helping to inactivate free radicals and protect cell membranes from oxidation.
9 – Omega Fatty Acids
Omega fatty acids are important to healthy skin because they improve the function of the cell membrane. A healthy membrane can keep in water and nutrients while allowing waste products to pass out. However, as we age, the membrane’s ability to hold water decreases. By boosting the membrane function, omega fatty acids contribute to healthy skin that retains nutrients and moisture.
10 – Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is extracted from the seeds of grapes. It contains astringent which can tighten the skin, a light oil that moisturizes skin, and antioxidant properties that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
While each of these natural ingredients have important anti-aging functions, many of them work better in combination. Particular combinations can boost the power of each individual ingredient, magnifying their effects and giving you better results. While these 10 ingredients are the best natural anti-aging secrets, probably the biggest secret of all, in terms of fighting aging skin, is to find skincare products that contain most or all of these ingredients.