Originally published February 2 2011
Nature provides best ingredients for anti-aging skin care
by Danna Norek
(NaturalNews) Anti aging and wrinkle creams are a dime a dozen. A vast majority of the wrinkle and anti aging products on the market today contain harmful chemicals. However, there are several 100% natural ingredients you can look for that will make you look younger.
The first on the list is vitamin C. Vitamin C is an inexpensive and extremely effective topical agent that can be used on aging skin. It helps to even out skin tone, smooth fine lines, and erase age spots and discolorations on the skin.
When taken orally, vitamin C, a well known antioxidant, has equally impressive anti aging properties. It is a necessary component to the synthesis and regeneration of collagen. Collagen is the supportive structure beneath the skin which acts as a sort of "foundation".
When the integrity of collagen is compromised, which happens over time with aging, we start to see sagging and more wrinkles and lines. There are actually many vitamins, minerals and other compounds that are found in nature which help support collagen as well as the healthy regeneration of skin cells.
Alpha lipoic acid is another natural ingredient for anti aging and wrinkle prevention. This also has benefits with both external application and oral supplementation.
Alpha lipoic acid, like vitamin C, is a powerful antioxidant. When applied topically to the skin, alpha lipoic acid helps to protect skin cells from damage. It also helps to boost the skin`s elasticity, and is a great addition when using vitamin C.
In addition to these beneficial properties, alpha lipoic acid also acts as a topical anti inflammatory. It may aid in reducing irritation and redness, which is one of the more common skin complaints. Internally, it helps to "recycle" vitamin C as well, so it prolongs the effectiveness of vitamin C.
A naturally occurring compound that is commonly found in the skin of certain types of fish, dimethylaminoethanol, commonly known as DMAE, is another potent ingredient.
This compound is best known for its ability to firm the skin topically. Anyone worried about slackness or sagging of the skin may want to look into this ingredient as a staple in their skin care routine.
DMAE is also credited with increasing the skin`s ability to hold on to moisture and to improve the overall skin tone. A skin care product rich in this ingredient would also be helpful for those concerned with a drooping neckline.
The fact that it helps the skin hold onto moisture is important, since well moisturized skin is much less likely to show deep wrinkles and fine lines. Well hydrated skin looks firmer, plumper, more lifted and younger.
While all of these natural ingredients are excellent to add to your anti aging arsenal, be mindful of the other ingredients included. Read the labels, and try to avoid any products that also contain parabens, sulfates, aluminum, and hydroquinone.
About the authorDanna Norek is the owner and primary contributor for several natural health blogs and websites, where she frequently shares her experiences and knowledge on herbal supplements, natural remedies, vitamins, and healthy lifestyle habits. You can find information on a 100% natural, chemical free deodorant here at Natural Effective Deodorant and an all natural sebum-neutralizing, SLS, paraben and chemical free Acne Soap with lavender, lemongrass and tea tree essential oils here at All Natural Acne Soap.
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