Anti-aging ingredients abound, but it’s virtually impossible to work all of them into your skincare routine. The good news is, you only need a handful to maintain the skin’s youthful appearance, so keep these “Great 8” anti-aging ingredients in mind when shopping for skincare.
#1 Plant Stem Cells
Young bodies are overflowing with stem cells, which have the ability to develop into various types of cells. Stem cells also play a major role in maintaining the skin but as their production slows with age, the skin become less able to repair damage caused by free radicals, UV rays and other environmental assaults. That’s where plant stem cells—found in organic fruits like apples—come in. This anti-aging ingredient helps re-activate the stem cells found naturally in our skin to increase the production of new, fresh, healthy cells and boost the skin renewal process.
You can find these superpowered plant stem cells in Adore products, including the Adore Cosmetics Cellmax Kit line. Read an Adore Cellmax review on Jess Oshii.
Generated by sun exposure, pollution, cigarette smoke and many other environmental and lifestyle factors, free radicals damage cellular DNA and lead to wrinkles, skin discoloration and even skin cancer. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, in turn shielding cells from damage, and though they come in many forms, there are a few to look for. In addition to fighting free radicals, vitamin C has been proven to boost the skin’s natural collagen production and improve discoloration. Vitamin E is another antioxidant that nourishes the skin as it fights free radicals.
#3 Botanical Extracts
There are thousands of plants and flowers that have benefits for the skin, but some have more scientific evidence than others. Lavender has been found to have stimulating properties, while chamomile and bisabolol have proven soothing benefits. Aloe vera is one of the great multitaskers of the plant world thanks to calming and hydrating properties along with a high concentration of vitamins and amino acids.
This under-the-radar anti-ager helps rejuvenate the skin in a few ways. It hydrates the skin and helps lock moisture in, and it also promotes the skin’s natural exfoliation and cell-reproduction processes. Other allantoin benefits include soothing and protection, as well as improved skin healing.
Oxygen is essential for sustaining life—and every type of cell in our bodies, including skin cells. Without enough oxygen, skin looks tired, dull and sallow. Supplementing the skin with oxygen helps cells perform at peak levels, and when this happens the skin looks fresh, radiant and healthy.
This precious metal plays a few vital anti-aging roles. First, it helps transport the aforementioned oxygen to the cells. In addition, gold has been found to have an anti-inflammatory effect within the body, which is one of the reasons it is FDA-approved for injection into arthritic joints.
Curious? Try Adore Cosmetics’ Golden Touch Magnetic Facial Mask and read Glamour’s review of the mask here.
Our Golden Touch Magnetic Facial Mask was also featured in Byrdie as an “outrageously luxurious beauty product for the 1%” with “visible 24-karat gold sprinkles formulated to penetrate your skin, stimulate electromagnetic energy flow through acupuncture meridians, and restore elasticity.” It was also featured in E! Online’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Outrageous Gifts Celebs Buy Other Celebs.
Also, check out the Golden Touch 24k Techno-dermis Eye Mask from Adore Cosmetics featured in Martha Stewart Weddings as a must-have product to treat dark circles and puffy eyes before your wedding (slide #15).
Teen Vogue also featured our Golden Touch 24k Techno-Dermis Facial Mask in its “Best Splurge Beauty Holiday Gift Ideas 2016” as the perfect gift “for your friend who likes the fancy stuff,” and Refinery29 featured it in “The Beauty Products On The 1%’s Holiday Wish Lists.” It was also recommended in Luxury Listings NYC in their Luxe Life section. Watch a video review on TheInsideOutBeauty.
A crucial piece of the anti-aging puzzle is maintaining the skin’s supportive matrix of collagen and elastin. When these are plentiful, the skin appears plump and smooth—as they weaken, fine lines and wrinkles appear. Peptides (and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 in particular) work to boost the skin’s production of collagen and elastin, which helps prevent wrinkles and keep skin firm.
#8 Natural Oils
Mother knows best, and in the world of anti-aging, Mother Nature has her fair share of effective moisturizers up her sleeve. Natural oils like jojoba seed, sweet almond and wheat germ offer long-lasting hydration and help replenish the essential components of the skin’s barrier that decline with age. As a result, the skin holds onto moisture better, and your skin looks plump, smooth and radiant. You can find more tips on getting more radiant, glowing skin here.