Natural Skincare Ingredients That Make A Difference
July 2018, Xtend-Life Expert
While our skin is the largest organ in our body, it’s also the most exposed. The condition of your skin can be deeply personal – we all know what it’s like to be self-conscious about a blemish or a skin condition on our face. That’s why it’s so important we look after our skin – it’s the only one we’ll ever have.
While it’s fair to say most people would probably prefer to use natural ingredients on their skin rather than potentially harsh synthetic ingredients, choosing the right natural ingredients can be a bit tricky. Tring to figure out what each ingredient actually does and if it’s worth including in your skincare regime can be confusing. In What Every Good Skincare Needs To Have we looked at the benefits of antioxidants and how they slow the aging process by fighting the damage caused by free radicals. Now we’ll take a look at specific ingredients that give some skincare products an edge over other products on the market.
When collagen breaks down, short segments of amino acids are formed. These short segments made up of tiny proteins and active molecules are peptides. When peptides are applied topically, your skin thinks a breakdown of collagen has occurred, so it needs to manufacture new collagen. More collagen production means the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are minimized, giving skin a plumper, more youthful appearance.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin that has amazing water retention properties. The skin’s natural hyaluronic acid production begins to decrease in our 30s, making HA a powerful anti-aging ingredient for its ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, pulling water from the atmosphere, unlike some moisturizers that trap existing hydration in the skin. The result is intense hydration that plumps skin and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also has antioxidant properties that protect skin from damaging environmental effects. It can benefit all skin types, including dry, oily and sensitive skin.
Pronounced Asta-zan-thin, this super antioxidant that you may not have heard of is a dark red pigment derived from algae. It’s many times stronger than vitamin C and vitamin E and promotes collagen production, which slows the signs of aging. It also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and has amazing photo-protective benefits against UV light, so recovery is quicker after sun damage and pigmentation issues are minimized. One of the greatest advantages of Astaxanthin is that it can never become pro-oxidant - or a free radical, and has the ability to neutralize multiple free radicals at once.
Coenzyme Q10, known as CoQ10, works in synergy with vitamin E, meaning both antioxidants are more powerful when paired together. Nano-Lipobelle H EQ10 offers both, so the potent ingredient helps fight free radicals that are attracted to collagen and elastin, the proteins that help keep skin looking youthful, vibrant and free from wrinkles.
Both are found in higher concentrations in the top layer of skin, making the antioxidants a first line of defense to support skin from damage due to oxidative stress. As skin cells age, they lose the vital CoQ10, so they are less able to fight off free radicals and are less effective at energy production meaning cell turnover slows. Studies have shown that Coenzyme Q10, such as that found in Nano-Lipobelle H EQ10, may not only help reduce wrinkles, but shorten the depth of existing wrinkles by boosting production of collagen and elastin beneath the skin’s surface.
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This gold liquid extract from the seed of the jojoba plant has long been used as a moisturizer. It’s actually not a true oil, but rather a wax ester — a substance that’s remarkably similar to the sebum in your skin. Because jojoba is so easily absorbed, it reaches cells beneath the top layer to moisturize, rejuvenate and restore.
Packed with nutrients including vitamins A and B, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine and chromium, jojoba is ideal for sensitive skin and helps hydrate skin that’s lacking moisture. It also brings with it two power-packed nutrients - antioxidants that fight free radicals that can trigger signs of aging and vitamins that can support skin cell turnover, minimizing dark spots.
Rich in both oleic acid (Omega 9 fatty acid) and plant sterols, avocado oil is a lightweight oil that adds moisture, antioxidants and other vital nutrients. One plant sterol – sterolin – not only helps soften and hydrate skin, but could also help with age spots by lifting away dead surface cells and improving the condition of the cells beneath.
The antioxidants in avocado oil – and any other plant-based oil, for that matter – help the body cope with free radicals, which damage skin cells, especially skin proteins collagen and elastin, which are responsible for helping skin stay supple, youthful, firm and elastic. With antioxidants including vitamins A, D and E working to support skin proteins, skin is less likely to be dry or show signs of aging including wrinkles, fine lines and sagging.
Rosehip oil has been a buzzword in the beauty industry for the past few years, and for good reason. The high antioxidant levels help to stimulate collagen production, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin’s moisture levels. It also helps minimize redness or irritation, as well as reduce scarring and promote skin regeneration.
While these ingredients alone are enough to have a positive effect on your skin, the biggest impact will come when they’re used in synergy with one another. Kanapa™ skincare contains these powerful natural ingredients plus more, scientifically designed to work in synergy for optimal results. Discover the full Kanapa™ range including our facial serum and exfoliating scrub here.