When it comes to skincare products, the safest ingredients are also the most effective. Companies choose not to use them, because synthetic ingredients are cheaper. While there are many good ingredients derived from nature, the following are the top 10, because of all the benefits accompanied by their use.
Shea butter is good for inflammatory conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. A recent analysis conducted in Japan showed that the nutrients found in Shea butter are natural anti-inflammatories. The researchers also described the nutrients as “anti-tumor promoting compounds”. So, the use of Shea butter on the skin could reduce your risk of skin cancer and help prevent or reverse wrinkles. Inflammation is a cause of cellular aging and collagen degradation.
Avocado extract is another natural anti-inflammatory. In a study conducted in Israel in 2010, researchers reported that application of avocado extract reduced UV-induced skin damage, without acting as a sunscreen. That’s important, because sunscreens inhibit the body’s ability to create vitamin D. A rise in vitamin D deficiencies has been associated with increased sunscreen use.
Allantoin is derived from plants like comfrey root. It has been used historically in compresses to treat inflammatory skin conditions and to relieve the inflammation of arthritis. A study conducted in Japan showed that it naturally provides protection against cellular UV damage caused by exposure to sunlight. Sun damage caused by UV exposure is one of the leading causes of wrinkles and other visible signs of age.
Nano-Lipobelle H EQ10
Nano-lipobelle H EQ10 contains tiny particles of the antioxidant coenzyme Q10. When applied topically, the antioxidant has been shown to rejuvenate wrinkled skin at just a 1% concentration. Nano-lipobelle contains a 5% concentration of tiny particles of the antioxidant that can penetrate deeply and provide quick results. It also contains vitamin E, which you will learn about below.
Active Manuka Honey
According to the Waikato Honey Research Unit, all honeys have some antibacterial activity due to the formation of hydrogen peroxide in a slow release manner. After 28 years of testing hundreds of different types of honey, the Waikato researchers have proven that what local New Zealanders say is true.
Manuka honey has the highest anti-bacterial activity of all the types of honey tested. The anti-bacterial activity is not due solely to the slow release of hydrogen peroxide. It is due to the nutrients and other unique compounds present in manuka.
The antibacterial activity of manuka makes it a good choice for acne. It will help to heal existing blemishes and prevent new ones from forming. It is a safe and environmentally friendly alternative to antibacterial cleansers containing triclosan, one of the ingredients on our Blacklist.
Natural Vitamin E
Natural vitamin E is one of the vitamins recommended by Dr Dingle as a natural alternative to chemical sunscreens. It’s not that vitamin E has sunscreen activity. It is that natural vitamin E is a potent antioxidant. The damage that leads to skin cancer is free radical damage. Antioxidants prevent and in the case of COQ10 reverse free radical damage. Nano-lipobelle H EQ10 contains a 10% concentration of vitamin E.
Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil has been described as one of the new “cosmeceuticals”. Despite the fact that it has been used for generations as a lubricant and a moisturizer, it is new to the cosmetic industry. For decades the industry has relied heavily on synthetic oils.
Cosmeceuticals are nutrients or foods that have pharmaceutical activity beneficial for a person’s appearance. You have already read about some of the other “new” cosmeceuticals; Shea butter, manuka honey, avocado extract and allantoin.
Grape seed oil has antioxidant activity. It is an effective moisturizer, because it has a unique filming ability that helps to hold moisture in without blocking the pores. So, it can be safely used by any skin type.
Jojoba oil is another ingredient that has been used historically, but continues to be a subject of scientific research. In different studies, it has been shown to alleviate dermatitis, repel parasites, moisturize and stimulate collagen production, which normally slows down with age.
Witch hazel was the choice of barbers for after-shave until the introduction of petroleum-based alcohols. They should have stuck with witch hazel. It has natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory activity, but does not cause dryness issues associated with alcohol aftershaves.
Xtend-TK is only available from a few manufacturers, because it is a naturally occurring ingredient, which means that limited amounts are available. It has been described as an anti-aging miracle, because of its many benefits.
It has been shown to reduce inflammation and redness, improve moisture and the skin’s ability to retain moisture, stimulate the production of collagen and new skin cells, while increasing the amount of antioxidants naturally present in the skin. Although last on the list, Xtend-TK is the number one ingredient when it comes to anti-aging skin care.
Be sure to read our page on the best natural skin care products. It is frequently updated and contains information on our #1 recommended product line.
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