Yes, you read right – ALL NATURAL!
Although, when we think about effective anti-aging active ingredients, immediately it’s the image of a scientist in a lab coat that comes to mind… but trust me, 100% natural alternatives are just as effective! There are indeed “clean” ingredients that exist and they can totally make you look younger, smoother and even more fabulous.
So here’s what you need to look for according to your needs.
Skin wrinkles typically appear as a result of aging processes such as glycation, habitual sleeping positions, and loss of body mass.
The key ingredients to look for on the label of your favourite organic products in order to fight wrinkles quickly and effectively are:
Retinol a.k.a. Vitamin A
The advantage with the natural version of retinol is that it’s less hard on your skin and therefore even sensitive/irritated skins can use it (Yaaass!). You can find organic serums/creams with Vitamin A or, as an alternative, you can simply use Rosehip oil as a night treatment on your face.
NOTE: Cosmetic products made with retinol must only be applied in the evening because they can be photosensitizing!
Essential oils penetrate very far into the layers of the epidermis, so naturally, they are my favorite anti-aging ingredients. However, they cannot be applied on sensitive skin. If you don’t have this type of skin, you should totally try essential oils.
The best essential oils are: Sandalwood – Geranium – Cypress – Rosewood – Cistus – Helichrysum. Mix them with Rosehip oil and you have an extreme anti-aging oil based serum!
FIGHT DARK SPOTS
Hyperpigmentation, or “dark spots,” can be caused by acne scars, excessive sun exposure, or hormonal changes.
Same as retinol, natural Vitamin C is gentler on your skin. It will help fight dark spots by lightening them, day after day. Be patient and always apply Vitamin C products before going to bed. Don’t forget to scrub your face – this allows the active ingredients to penetrate more easily.
On a side note, never forget to apply sunscreen! EVERY DAY! (You hear me? “EVERY” – means 365 days/year ☺)
Yes, organic companies now use AHA’s (fruit enzymes) in their formulas! Woo hoo!! AHA’s are known and praised for their ability to eliminate dead skin from the epidermis while softening it. They will also help lighten your skin – expect quick results. Generally, you can find AHA inside organic peelings, masks and cleansers.
FIGHT SKIN DULNESS
Skin dullness can be attributed to various factors. The most common causes are skin color changes due to UV, color flaws, uneven pores, fading radiance and clarity caused by skin roughening and hardening.
If you want to fight dullness, you absolutely have to SCRUB your face at least once a week.
Here’s my favorite DIY scrub recipe:
- 1 tablespoon of fine sugar
- 1 tablespoon of apricot kernel oil
- 1 drop of lemon essential oil
- 1 drop of celery essential oil
Just mix everything together and enjoy!
Also, look for these ingredients for a perfect summer glow:
Licorice root – Papaya – Raspberry seed oil – Carrot oil – Pomegranate seed oil
Summer is the ideal season to feel and look like a Greek goddess… hope you enjoy my easy tricks that can help you get there!
Main photo cred – weheartit