5 Natural Ingredients That Will Keep Your Skin Looking Young


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You’ve got your skincare routine down, ever wonder what else you could do maintain young and healthy looking skin? Here are 5 natural ingredients to keep your skin looking young, compliments of derma e:

Astaxanthin

From sea algae off the coast of Hawaii, this amazing antioxidant has been reported to be 500 times more powerful than vitamin E. Astaxanthin has the amazing ability to shut down free radicals and protect the skin from UV damage (it is 1000 times more effective than both beta-carotene and lutein in protecting skin from exposure to UV light) and environmental stress. This remarkable nutrient reduces skin inflammation, helps normalize skin and enhances the activity of defensive cells. As a natural anti-inflammatory, it stimulates the cells in the skin to find and destroy potential pathogens before they can damage the skin.

DMAE

DMAE is known as nature’s firming agent. Youthful skin is firm because the muscle fibers under skin are short, thick and taut. As we age, muscle fibers under the skin lengthen and loosen. Skin sags and becomes thinner. As an alternative to cosmetic surgery, one gentler alternative can be found in DMAE products. Research shows DMAE improves skin tone and increases tensile strength of the skin, suggesting that the topical application of DMAE firms skin and reduces facial sag. Another study using DMAE reported similar improvement in skin firmness and added that DMAE reduced the appearance of lines and wrinkles. DMAE has also demonstrated antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which can help visibly slow the aging process.

Green Tea

Research shows that this powerful ingredient contains strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help slow the signs of aging. Because it is rich in polyphenols, these also help eliminate free radicals, prevent oxidative stress, protect skin from UVA and UVB radiation damage and reduce the number of sunburned cells.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate is often referred to as a ‘superfruit’ because of its superior reputation for being rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Extracts of the fruit have been shown to provide anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits that may help protect your skin from environmental damage, prevent fine lines, visibly firm the skin’s epidermis and reduce free radical damage.

Pycnogenol®

Nature has given us this amazing ingredient in the bark of France’s maritime pine tree. A potent antioxidant, Pycnogenol® is 50 times more effective than vitamin E as a free-radical scavenger, helping to protect your skin from the damaging effects of oxidation. Pycnogenol® is also an extremely important nutrient that builds strong capillaries, reduces puffiness around the eyes and most importantly gives the skin smoothness and elasticity. It even enhances skin’s resistance to inflammation. Pycnogenol® works synergistically with vitamin C to rebuild collagen and helps prevent UVB radiation damage.

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