Scientists, researchers, and manufacturers of skincare products are continually seeking new, non-invasive, ways to prevent or reverse the signs of aging. Many of the ‘new’ breakthroughs are derived from ingredients that have been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years. With a greater understanding of how these ingredients work with, and affect the skin, we now have a plethora of exciting new products to help us look our best.
Here are some of the latest innovative ‘super ingredients’ to watch for and why:
Monk’s Pepper Berry – the use of this berry dates back to ancient Greece when monks used it to brew a healing tea. The berry is a powerful free-radical defender that helps protect the health of the skin. As an effective antioxidant, Monk’s Pepper Berry helps diminish the depth of lines and wrinkles, giving the skin a tight tone while speeding the regeneration of new skin cells.
Dragon’s Blood – this is a naturally derived sap from the Dragon’s Blood tree found in the Amazon rain forest. The antioxidants-rich sap acts as an alternative to hyaluronic acid (naturally found in our skin but diminishes with age), and helps to form a protective layer on the skin to shield it from damaging elements and inflammation. More than that, Dragon’s Blood is full of phenols and collagen repairing proanthocyanidins to plump, lift and tighten the skin. Pine bark proanthocyanidins protect the capillary walls, help promote tissue elasticity, restore collagen, improve circulation and inhibit enzymes that break down collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin.
Vitamin Cg – this is a synthetic form of Vitamin C this is highly prized for its ability to firm the skin and fight against oxidative stress and damage. As the Vitamin Cg penetrates the dermal layer of skin where it stimulates the production of new collagen, it transforms into a more pure form of the ingredient where it is gradually released over a 24 hour period.
Bakuchiol – derived from red grapes, this extract has long been known for its anti-inflammatory properties by Chinese and Indian practitioners. This healing extract has antimicrobial and anti-scarring effects, especially helpful for acne-prone skin. But it’s because of the anti-inflammatory qualities and the ability to reduce hyperpigmentation that Bakuchiol is known as an effective anti-aging ingredient.
L-ergothioneine (EGT) – first used as an oral and topical anti-inflammatory more than 100 years ago, this anti-oxidant is derived from soil and exotic mushrooms. EGT is classified as an ‘intelligent antioxidant’ meaning that the naturally occurring molecule has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin where it works to prevent UV damage and ward off free-radical elements from forming in the skin. By doing that, this powerful anti-aging ingredient prevents the aging cycle at the cellular level.
A Note of Caution
Always test new ingredients for skin reaction. Then, give your new product/ingredient time to work. Most people expect immediate results . The average topical treatment, when used consistently, takes about 4-6 weeks to show results.
Look for more groundbreaking and innovative ingredients on the cutting edge of the anti-aging movement in future articles.
Source: NewBeauty: Summer 2012, 77-80