Think that all anti-aging face products are created equal? Think again. Though praised for the possibility that they might slow down the aging process, the most common ingredients they include can be more trouble than they’re worth. And speaking of worth, many of them can cost a small fortune.
Ingredients To Watch Out For
Before you take a chance on the latest anti-aging face cream, take a look at some of the ingredients that they contain and why you should proceed with caution.
Peptides. These are small amino acid proteins that stimulate new cell growth and help with healing. It is believed that they can stimulate collagen replacement, but there is still no evidence that they work.
Retinol. This is a natural form of Vitamin A that reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Women who are pregnant, or plan to get pregnant, should avoid using retinol because the high Vitamin A exposure can increase the risk of birth defects.
Alpha-Hydroxy Acids. Though they come from natural sources, care should be taken when using alpha-hydroxy acids. Since their job is to remove the dead skin cells, the main side effects are stinging skin and sun sensitivity.
Resveratrol. A plant compound found in red wine, resveratrol has been thought of as an anti-aging product to assist with cell metabolism. There have not been any successful studies, however, to support this theory.
Ingredients To Include
We believe that natural skin care begins with products that have been used safely and effectively for centuries. Many oils have wonderful anti-aging benefits that have a lasting effect for younger looking skin without a high price tag, face stinging side effects or warnings about possible birth defects.
Jojoba Oil. It’s super-hydrating and full of moisture-rich emollients that can heal the skin, antioxidants that can smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and nutrients that slow down other signs of aging. Jojoba oil also fights bacteria that can lead to breakouts. Even though it’s an oil, is non-greasy and keeps oily skin balanced.
Frankincense Essential Oil. For those who have an uneven skin tone from too much sun worship, or age spots that come with getting older, Frankincense oil is a must. Not only does it even out the tone of the skin and reduce sunspots and age spots, it is a powerful astringent that can reduce acne and shrink the look of large pores.
Virgin Coconut Oil. It’s been used for natural skin care for many years, in many cultures, for many reasons. Virgin coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer that boosts collagen production, keeping tissues strong and smooth. Plus, a boost of antioxidants penetrates deep to fight free radicals and premature aging.
Natural skin care begins with you, so choose wisely to combat aging and leave your skin soft and glowing (without unknown ingredients) for a lifetime.
META – Natural skin care involves finding anti-aging ingredients, like oils, that are known to hydrate, protect, and heal without questionable side effects.