Natural Skin Rejuvenation That Really Works
As we age, it is only natural that we strive to look and feel our best. But while scientific advancement has brought forward many surgeries, procedures and skin treatments that provide excellent results, they can also be dangerous or harsh on our skin and bodies. Instead, a new trend has been to move away from “anti-aging” and opt for “healthy aging”, which focuses on supporting and rejuvenating our tissues in order to keep them strong, firm and vibrant. Avoiding chemicals in our skincare aligns with this perspective because many of these substances are toxic upon absorption. Here are five of the best natural cosmeceutical ingredients that are healthy as well as results-focused.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in skin that provides cushioning, holds moisture, and aids in tissue repair. It is excellent for improving skin health as it bolsters the hydration of the skin with its ability to retain up to one thousand times its own weight in water. Because tissue needs hydration in order to heal, this helps with skin restoration, rejuvenation and anti-aging.
Collagen is a commonly found active ingredient in products for damaged or mature skin as it supports the overall healthiness of our skin. It is a group of naturally occurring proteins found in the make-up of our connective tissues. Collagen supports the water content and plumpness of the skin and becomes more important to sustain as we age because our collagen production begins to decline in our mid-twenties.
Rosehip Oil is one of the only natural ingredient that fades discoloration without peeling or bleaching the skin. Studies have found it to reduce pigmentation gradually over time without depleting the skin. This oil is also rejuvenating because it is made up of 80% EFAs and is highly concentrated with Vitamin C (anti-oxidant). It is excellent for treating scars and skin wounds as it contains healing components: Vitamin E and B-carotene, a form of Vitamin A.
Lactic Acid is a natural exfoliating additive that removes dry, damaged skin from the surface of our complexions. This is also beneficial as it allows moisture to penetrate more deeply making it easier to replenish devitalized tissue. It is also known to stimulate collagen production within our cells as well as help to inhibit melanin formation, treating pigmentation and age spots. Lactic acid is also a substance that is naturally found within our own bodies, but in skincare and cosmetics, is derived from milk, yogurt or fermented fruits and vegetables.
Fruit enzymes are known to peel and renew our skin, sloughing away dead skin cells. This exposes new, moist cells as well as decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. Fruits such as apples, papayas and pineapples are commonly found in our own kitchens and can be made into our own exfoliating masks by simply crushing them up and applying them directly to our skin.
Kristen Ma is an Ayurvedic practitioner and esthetician who co-owns Pure + Simple Inc., an independent chain of holistic spas in Toronto. She has authored the book Beauty: Pure and Simple, and writes for her blogsite holisticvanity.com