The Best Anti-Aging Ingredients You should know !

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Before we get into the ingredients you should apply on your skin to restore your youthful glow, it is important to emphasize that your diet is going to have a profound effect on how your skin looks. Treat your body like a temple and eat whole, natural foods that are going to supply your skin with essential nutrients that will keep it healthy and radiant.

Here are the top five anti-aging ingredients:

Retinol

There is a reason why retinol is referred to as the cure-all when it comes to your skin. It is highly endowed with vitamin A and it is the best solution for wrinkles, sagging skin, fine stress lines, dullness and sun spots. So, in short, this is one of the best anti-aging ingredients around.

Who is it for:

It is best suited for anyone aged 30 and above.

How does it work?

The vitamin A in retinol speeds up the growth of new cells and the elimination of dead cells thus leaving you with clear skin. It also boosts elastin and collagen which help stimulate cell repair at the deepest skin level. To top it all, retinol increases blood vessel formation thus improving circulation of blood into all your cells leaving you with youthful, radiant skin.

How to make it work best?

Start by washing your face with warm water then apply retinol, with your skin still damp. It works best in the dark so always apply it right before you go to sleep. Wash your face in the morning and treat your skin to an organic moisturizer.

Collagen

Collagen is the ultimate skin toner. This protein is usually found in marine life or in animal connective tissue and since it is non-water soluble, it helps the skin to hold its natural water thus giving you a soft and plumped up look.

Who is it for?

Everyone

How does it work?

Collagen acts like a cushion for your skin. It helps improve elasticity thus giving you a fresh and silky smooth appearance. In addition, it keeps our skin strong and healthy from the retention of the skin’s moisture.

How to make it work best?

Collagen molecules are much larger than skin cells and thus cannot penetrate through. To get the actual benefits of collagen, it is best ingested. You can obtain collagen supplements or better yet, you can eat collagen rich foods such as egg whites, wheat germ, bone broth and wild caught fish.

Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid)

This is a super ingredient that not only helps boost your immunity but it also makes your skin supple. However, many skin care products contain unstable vitamin C that won’t actually do much for your skin. Look for L-ascorbic acid on the ingredients as this is the stable form of vitamin C.

Who is it for?

Anyone from age 25 and above

How does it work?

This is a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation, helps build collagen (including dermal collagen that reduces wrinkles) and that also produces elasticity leaving you with glowing plumped up skin.

How to make it work best?

Apply it on damp skin so it penetrates deeper into your skin cells.

You can also eat vitamin C rich foods such as citrus fruits, broccoli, dark leafy greens, guava, brussel sprouts and camu camu.

Vitamin E

In a few words, vitamin E is a skin healing powerhouse. This is the best ingredient to use to reverse collagen destruction, dryness, stress lines and wrinkles.

Who is it for?

Anyone looking to rejuvenate their skin

How does it work?

Vitamin E neutralizes free radicals that damage skin cells and it also helps strengthen the skin barrier thus boosting immunity. This explains why vitamin E oil works effectively for scars, burns, cuts and even cracked cuticles.

How to make it work best?

Wash your face with warm water and mild soap then apply your product. Leave it on all night so it can heal your skin from inside. Rinse your face in the morning and apply a mild moisturizer.

You can use the liquid from within a capsule and puncture it using a needle to release the vitamin E. It is recommended that for best results use vitamin E within a homemade face cream – please see recipes within the book.

If you are taking vitamin E supplements, follow the prescribed advice.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are better known as ‘the skin fixers’. In a nutshell, antioxidants protect your skin cells from environmental damage.

Who is it for?

Everyone!

How do they work?

Antioxidants go deep into your skin where they convert harmful free radicals that are responsible for aging your skin into harmless compounds. This action stops free radicals from damaging elastin, collagen, and DNA.

How to make them work best?

For cosmetic antioxidants, go with a serum as they tend to penetrate the skin better compared to creams. Additionally, opt for a blend as each antioxidant targets specific free radicals thus will make the protection more potent.

For nutritional antioxidants, here is a simple guideline:

  • Vitamin A: Carrots, spinach, kale, pumpkin, cantaloupe and liver.
  • Vitamin C: Broccoli, camu camu, Brussels sprouts, citrus fruits and guava.
  • Vitamin E: Tomatoes, olive and walnut oils, wheat germ oil, carrots, and oats.
  • Bioflavonoids: Citrus fruits, onions, berries, red wine and sea buckthorn.
  • Polyphenols: Dark chocolate, green tea, berries, peanuts, walnuts and pomegranates.
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