In this blog we talk a lot about what to wear and fashion and style in general but the truth is all we actually need is beautiful, healthy, young looking skin to look gorgeous. I know from personal experience that when I am tired, stressed or have eaten something that irritates my skin and my complexion isn’t at its best there isn’t an outfit or accessory that can fix that. And the other way around, when my skin is clear and glowing I find myself really beautiful and don’t care too much about what I wear because it doesn’t matter that much any more. That being said I have personally tried quite a few skin care products, from well known brands to all natural products and even non at all (meaning coconut oil only or just oils). I finally came to the conclusion that sleep and healthy diet positively affect my skin the most but the years are rolling by and I need a little extra something to fight the time lines. So after a thorough research here are 5 skin care ingredients that are all naturally occurring or derived from plants or fruit and promise to deliver amazing results. I have never tried any of them but they seem to be the latest craze in the skincare industry and I am planning on giving them a try.
A naturally occurring substance in the human body that regulates cell renewal, lubricates connective tissue and maintains skin’s moisture and elasticity. It creates a moisture barrier on the skin, making it smoother and softer and is able to hold up to 1000x its own weight in water which makes it perfect for dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid can work as a plumper, filling wrinkles and fine lines and because it is naturally present in the human body can be a safer alternative to synthetic ingredients and is less likely to be rejected as a foreign substance when injected.
Retinol is an active form of the vitamin A molecule. A powerful exfoliant that encourage the skin to shed dead and problematic layers and turn over younger, healthier cells. It also increase the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen, making skin more smoother. The using retinols is find to improve the firmness of skin, reverse sun damage, treat acne and reduce dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles.
Lipid molecules that are found in high concentrations within cell membranes. Ceramides hold skin cells together, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture. Ceramides are used to replenish the natural lipids that are lost from exposure to harsh environmental factors and during in the aging process.
Peptides are segments of active proteins that communicate with cells and instruct them to behave in certain ways. In the skin, peptides may signal elastin production or stimulate skin to heal itself after a wound. The peptides enter skin cells and instruct them to produce collagen, alleviate redness or signal muscles to relax. Peptides are very small and can penetrate deep into the skin layers acting as a delivery mechanism for other ingredients. Copper peptides, for example, bring molecules of copper deep into the skin where it can improve wound healing from the inside out.
Alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid are classes of organic acids that act as exfoliants. AHAs are derived from fruit and milk. In cosmetics, BHA refers exclusively to salicylic acid, which is derived from plants. While they both exfoliate, AHAs work only at the surface layer of skin while BHAs (which are oil soluble) penetrate deeper and helps remove dead skin cells clogged in pores.